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Will Dating During a Divorce Result in Any Legal Implications?

  April 27, 2017     By HG.org
Before considering to date someone while a divorce is still being finalized or has not had the paperwork completed may risk negative...

Different Types of Child Custody Arrangements and How to Get What You Want

  April 24, 2017     By HG.org
Child custody laws are based on state law. There are a number of different types of custody. What is best in a particular case depends on the...

Introduction to Elder Abuse and Negligence in Florida

  April 21, 2017     By The Spivey Law Firm
In Florida, elder abuse and neglect is quite common, so it’s important to recognize the common signs.

Adoption in the Philippines for Non-Residents: The Hague on Inter-Country Adoption

  April 19, 2017     By De Borja Lamorena and Duano Law Offices
The Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption is a treaty to which the Republic of the Philippines has already acceded.

How to Adopt a Child in the Philippines: A Step-by-Step Guide

  April 19, 2017     By De Borja Lamorena and Duano Law Offices
There are basically two ways to initiate a domestic adoption in the Philippines, the administrative and the judicial.

The Best Reasons Why You Should Hire a Private Investigator

  April 18, 2017     By HG.org
A private investigator is often useful for a number or reasons, but when a case or claim is necessary in a court of law, these professionals are...

How to Prove a Spouse Lied on Asset and Debt Disclosures

  April 17, 2017     By HG.org
During a divorce, spouses are typically required to disclose particular information about their assets, income and debts. This is so that the...

Secret Weapons of Private Investigators

  April 14, 2017     By HG.org
Private investigators are need for a variety of reasons, but they often have secret weapons they are able to employ in research, surveillance...

What Are the Different Myths Regarding Domestic Violence

  April 14, 2017     By Steven J. Pisani, Attorney at Law
Domestic violence is a highly underrated crime. Many people do not even understand that they are facing a domestic violence at home and they...

What to Expect from a Texas Adoption Home Study

  April 14, 2017     By Law Office of Michael P. Granata
The process of adopting a child is necessarily detailed and complex. Since the home study can seem particularly frightening for most families,...

A Lawyer’s Perspective: Best Uses of a Private Investigator

  April 10, 2017     By HG.org
Private investigators serve many important functions that are distinct from the services provided by a lawyer. Due to the variety of services...

Why Would a Divorce Litigation Use the Expertise of a Forensic Accountant?

  April 10, 2017     By Grant J. Gisondo, PA
An experienced divorce attorney will be able to advise if using a forensic expert accountant will substantially help a case for dissolution of...

What Does Texas’s Community Property Law Mean for Your Divorce?

  April 5, 2017     By Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC
Under Texas law, most assets that either spouse acquires during a marriage will be deemed community property when the spouses divorce. If you...

What Are My Rights as a Father when a Surrogacy Goes Wrong?

  April 5, 2017     By HG.org
Surrogacy problems may occur for a number of reasons. When a couple is unable to or cannot birth their own baby, they often opt for alternatives...

Private Investigator Tools of the Trade

  March 29, 2017     By HG.org
Private investigators are specially trained individuals who employ a number of investigative techniques and tactics to discover important...

What to Do if Child Protective Services Social Workers Are Investigating You

  March 23, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
If you are being investigated by the Child Protection services there are a few things that you should do to protect yourself and your child to...

CPS and Parent’s Rights

  March 23, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
CPS decoded: CPS stands for Child Protective Services and is the governmental agency that is responsible for providing child protection. They...

Bullying Laws in New Jersey

  March 23, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
New Jersey constituted an anti bullying law in 2002 that was one of the first to be initiated, in 2003 New Jersey and 14 other states passed the...

Elder Abuse Laws in New Jersey

  March 23, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
In New Jersey, the goal is to protect those people who are most vulnerable.

Changing Beneficiary Designations after a Divorce

  March 23, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
Divorces are never easy. Aside from the emotional aspects of it that are always difficult to deal with, there are many practical things to...

Interstate Custody Laws in New Jersey

  March 23, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
Custody of children is always a complicated situation. Especially when it comes to cases of interstate custody and the laws surrounding it.

Grandparent Visitation Rights in New Jersey

  March 21, 2017     By Lyons & Associates
When a grandparent plays an integral role in a child’s life, that relationship is often an important source of love, support, and stability,...

Purchasing Immovable Property from Individuals in Russia: Why Marital Status of the Seller Is Important

  March 21, 2017     By Mosgo & Partners Law Firm
When buying immovable property or shares in a company from an individual in Russia, one should take into account the potential rights of the...

Using a Private Investigators to Look for Adopted Relatives

  March 20, 2017     By HG.org
When a child has been adopted and told about this, he or she may feel like an entire world of possibilities is missing from his or her life. The...

I Did Not Consent to Further Use of Frozen Embryos – What Are My Rights?

  March 17, 2017     By HG.org
Frozen embryos are considered property by most states due to the both a lack of laws regarding the freezing and distribution of these embryos...

How a Simple Assault Conviction Can Ruin Your Life

  March 17, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
What is a simple assault? Though the legal definition of simple assault varies from state to state, the broad base subscribes to it being an act...

The Dos and Don’ts of a CPS Visit

  March 17, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
CPS or Child Protective Services is a government agency in the United States of America that mainly deals with cases of child abuse and neglect.

Therapist Records in a Child Abuse Allegation

  March 17, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
It is a common practice to place children in therapy, in case sexual abuse is alleged or suspected in a given situation.

Are Prenuptial Agreements Necessary in New Jersey?

  March 17, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
In New Jersey you are not required by law to make a prenuptial agreement before marriage however it is advisable to do so.

Role of Private Investigators in Child Custody Cases

  March 17, 2017     By HG.org
Many child custody cases are heated and involve allegations from both sides lodged against each other. Having a private investigator can help...

Can I Emancipate Myself from My Parents?

  March 17, 2017     By HG.org
In some situations, a child who has not yet reached the age of 18 may want to acquire the right to make certain decisions regarding his or her...

How Do I Check the Status of My New Jersey CPS Case?

  March 16, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
The Child Protective Services (or CPS as it is more commonly known) is a government agency.

Liability of Employers and Payors of Funds in Child Support Matters

  March 15, 2017     By Maury D. Beaulier, Attorney at Law
Employers and Payors of Funds may face contempt and other significant penalties if they fault to properly withhold proceeds from income or...

How Do You Change Alimony in New Jersey?

  March 15, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
After a divorce has taken place, it can leave both or one of the parties’ involved in financial problems.

New Jersey CPS Parents Rights

  March 15, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Child Protective Services (CPS) is the United States governmental agency responsible for child protection and acts upon complaints of child...

Fighting New Jersey CPS Interrogations

  March 15, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
CPS or Child Protective Services is mainly responsible for the protection of children.

CPS Guidelines in New Jersey

  March 14, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
In the state of New Jersey, the Child Protective Services (CPS) is enforced through the governmental agency, CP & P, the child protection and...

CPS Guidelines For Child Removal In New Jersey

  March 14, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
The State of New Jersey’s public policy considers a child’s safety and health of utmost concern.

How CPS Decides if a New Jersey Child Is in Danger

  March 14, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
The New Jersey CP & P: It is the Child Protection and Permanency under the Department Child and Family (DCF) that is responsible for the...

The Predatory Marriage Phenomenon

  March 9, 2017     By Wagner Sidlofsky LLP
At the age of 26, an actress married an 89-year-old millionaire. She called it love. Others called it a “predatory marriage.” She sued his...

Private Investigators on Teen Cyber Bullying

  March 8, 2017     By HG.org
Private investigators are often able to held identify the culprit of crimes or wrongful acts even when this individual is someone who is...

Modification of Child Support Arrears

  March 8, 2017     By Maury D. Beaulier, Attorney at Law
Generally, child support arrears cannot be modified by a court. However, there are exceptions which may offer solutions or negotiations that may...

85th Texas Legislature Considers Measures to Protect Elders from Financial Exploitation

  March 7, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
The Texas Banker's Association recently prepared their legislative agenda for the new session, and at the top of the list was work on...

Half: The Four Letter Word in Divorce

  March 2, 2017     By Stacey Rocheleau, Esq.
Do spouses, who are going through a divorce, divide all the assets and debts in half? Yes, and half is never enough for one spouse, and too much...

Jordanian Punishment Laws

  March 2, 2017     By Abdullah & Partners Law Firm
How much punishment is too much? This sensitive question is as old as the law itself. As well as the word “justice” and “legitimacy”.

When Can New Jersey's Child Welfare Agency (DCP&P) Take a Child from the Home

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Having your child taken from you can be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, many parents who are involved in child welfare cases with New...

What Should I Do When My Child Is Temporarily Placed in Foster Care?

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
When your child is in foster care, he or she will be under the care of his or her foster parents. Although you no longer will be able to care...

Child Welfare Litigation Strategies

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
It’s easy to feel as if the whole system is against you when you are fighting for your child in court.

Mothers vs. Fathers - Special Rights in Divorces

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Many people mistakenly believe mothers always get physical custody of the child in divorce cases.

Your Rights With CPS

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Child Protective Services (CPS) is required by law to investigate reports of child abuse or neglect. They are part of the New Jersey Department...

What Child Welfare Casworkers Expect from You

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
When working with child welfare caseworkers, it is important to know and understand their expectations for you.

False Accusations Of Child Abuse

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
When reading reports of sexual assault in newspapers and on television, it is natural to assume that they are true. However, the reality of the...

Vulnerability of Child Abuse Accusations

  March 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Child abuse accusations are being used as a weapon by some unscrupulous individuals to taint the character of those from whom they would like to...

What Is Considered Child Abuse in New Jersey?

  February 24, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Unfortunately there are numerous cases each year where child abuse takes place in New Jersey.

What Are the Adoption Laws in New Jersey?

  February 24, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
New Jersey adoption laws aim to observe the rights of all persons involved, including the birth parents, adoptive parents, and the child to be...

Is Denying Medical Treatment to Minors Legal in New Jersey?

  February 24, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
Legally, minors are incompetent and lack the necessary experience on matters such as their education and medical care. It is, therefore, the...

How Do You Transfer Assets in a New Jersey Divorce?

  February 23, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
Part and parcel of the divorce process is disclosing full income to determine the appropriate alimony and child support to be paid. In some...

Private Investigator: Top Signs Your Spouse May Be Cheating

  February 22, 2017     By HG.org
Spouses who are concerned that their spouse is being unfaithful have options including hiring a private investigator. A private investigator can...

Prenuptial and Antenuptial Agreements in Minnesota

  February 16, 2017     By Maury D. Beaulier, Attorney at Law
Retaining an experienced attorney is important part of negotiating, drafting and reviewing prenuptial contracts. Costly errors are not easily...

How Is the Amount of Child Support Determined?

  February 16, 2017     By HG.org
State laws determine how much child support is appropriate and ordered. Different states use different formulas to arrive at the proper amount...

Can a Parent Have Joint Custody and Still Be Required to Pay Child Support?

  February 16, 2017     By HG.org
Courts generally treat custody decisions and child support as two completely different considerations. For this reason and others, a parent who...

Domestic Violence in New Jersey

  February 15, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
Domestic violence occurs when one’s safety is compromised. The safety in question includes one’s physical, mental, sexual, and economic, and...

Restraining Orders in New Jersey

  February 15, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
Anyone who is feeling like they are being harassed, verbally or physically abused, or otherwise receiving harm from a specific person can file...

New Jersey Marriage Contract FAQs

  February 15, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
What Is a Marriage Contract in NJ ? When two people decide to get married, this is a contract to the state as much as it is a commitment to...

Domestic Violence Laws in Colorado and Their Implications

  February 10, 2017     By Steven J. Pisani, Attorney at Law
Domestic Violence is bad in any form and nobody should accept it. Learn what could happened to you if you are caught under domestic violence law...

Five Common Cases Private Investigators Handle

  February 9, 2017     By HG.org
Private investigators serve an important role. They often handle cases that are not taken care of by other professionals but that serve an...

Using Surveillance for Divorce and Infidelity Cases

  February 9, 2017     By HG.org
One common reason why private investigators are contacted is to confirm whether or not a spouse or partner is cheating. This information can be...

How a Private Investigator Can Prove Infidelity in a Divorce Case

  February 8, 2017     By HG.org
If a spouse suspects his or her partner of cheating, a private investigator may be hired to help confirm this information.

Falling on Your Sword: Better Known as the Uncontested Divorce

  February 8, 2017     By Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
When things go bad in a marriage and divorce seems to be the only option, many people want to make it happen as fast as possible. In the heat of...

Adoption - Your Rights as a Parent

  February 2, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
When children are adopted, their legal guardians change from the biological parent to the adoptive parent. Once a child is adopted, the parental...

How Mental Health Affects Custody

  February 2, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Raising a child is a demanding and challenging endeavor. This can pose problems for parents who suffer from a mental illness.

Was Your Child Taken From You? Here Are Your First Steps

  February 1, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Take Action - If child welfare workers took your child from your home, you might be feeling helpless and scared.

Alimony: Changes in Spousal Maintenance: Cohabitation or Remarriage in Minnesota

  February 1, 2017     By Maury D. Beaulier, Attorney at Law
Changes in Minnesota's Spousal Maintenance law may affect those who cohabitate. 

Which Parent Gets the House in a Divorce in New Jersey?

  February 1, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
If you have decided to have a divorce in the state of New Jersey, knowing how to divide the property is important.

Alternatives to Filing a Guardianship in Texas

  February 1, 2017     By Kalish Law Texas
If you are the caregiver for a person who is a minor, or who has an illness or other condition that causes them to be unable to manage their own...

The Right to Provide Care - Making Sure Your Child Is in Safe Hands

  January 31, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
The right of first refusal is a provision commonly included in parenting plans to ensure both parents have every opportunity possible to spend...

How to get Visitations Supervised

  January 31, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
The bond between a parent and child is strong. But when that bond is broken or damaged, it can be difficult for children to feel safe when with...

Race Discrimination in New Jersey

  January 31, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
In New Jersey, it is against the law for anyone to be discriminated against because of national origin, color, or race. You cannot be...

How to Terminate Joint Tenancy in New Jersey

  January 31, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
What is joint tenancy? It’s a form of joint possession of property. It’s similar to tenancy in common, however, the difference is that joint...

Understanding the Laws on Underage Drinking in California

  January 30, 2017     By Layfield & Barrett
Consumption of alcohol below the age of 21 is a criminal offense. Ensure that you are not breaking any of these other laws regarding underage...

How to Modify Child Support in New Jersey

  January 30, 2017     By Cores & Associates, LLC
In most cases of separated parents, one or the other will receive child support to help provide the child with the life he or she deserves. In...

What Constitutes Child Neglect in New Jersey?

  January 28, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Child neglect is legally defined as the failure of a parent or caregiver to provide for a child’s minimum needs.

The Role of a Child Welfare Attorney

  January 28, 2017     By Williams Law Group, LLC
Child welfare cases are between the state and the parents. The dispute is over what is in the best interests of the child. For the parent, the...

Primer - New Jersey Family Court, Mediation & Motions

New Jersey family courts are under Superior Courts – Family Divisions. New Jersey Family Court has jurisdiction over family law matters like the...

How Do You Change a New Jersey Divorce Agreement?

There are many people in New Jersey that have sought to legally alter their divorce decree or agreement over the decades. It happens for various...

Grounds for Annulment of Marriage in Jamaica

What is an annulment? Annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage between a man and a woman. The legal effect of annulling a...

All You Need to Know About Florida Guardianship

Assuming the role of guardianship is a big responsibility. If in any way you have plans of claiming guardianship, be aware of Florida...

How Do You Get Full Custody in New Jersey?

If you will soon be entering a legal situation regarding full custody of your child, chances are you may be nervous, and moreover, unsure of...

Acquisition of Italian Citizenship by Marriage to an Italian Citizen

According to Italian law, it is not correct to state that a person born by Italian parents needs to apply to obtain citizenship because such...

Abduction of Children by Parents in the UAE

Abduction of children by one parent in an estranged marriage is becoming increasingly common in the UAE. More cases of international marriage...

Consulting a Prenup Lawyer in Texas - Should Both Parties Have One?

It is a common misconception that each party is required to separately consult a prenup lawyer before signing a prenuptial or postnuptial...

Calculating Maximum Child Support In Texas

It is important to be aware of Texas’ maximum child support limits. Guidelines for calculating child support in Texas changed after September 1,...

Assault Family Violence - What Is It?

Assault family violence is just a type of assault. It has the same elements as all other assaults. What makes it different is that a judge makes...

Dower in Muslim Marriages

Dower, simply put, is the sum of money set at the time of marriage between a muslim man and woman as the woman's consideration of the marriage....

Divorce in Jordan

Filing divorce case in Jordan need a legal procedure, and at the end the woman will have a divorce and shall get her financial rights.

How to file for a Divorce in Jamaica while living overseas or abroad

Individuals who live overseas or abroad and who have some connections to Jamaica normally enquire whether they should apply for their divorce in...

How Can a Person Win Back Legal Custody of Their Children?

Losing custody of your child is a heart-wrenching experience for any parent. It’s a difficult thing to accept that the court believes your...

Can Children Be Included In A Prenup Or Postnup Agreement in Texas?

Texas law will not enforce prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that involve children unless the agreement is in the child's best interest. The...

Minnesota's Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) and Preparation

Preparing for a Social Early Neutral Evaluation may assist parties in presenting and resolving their custody and parenting time issues at a an...

Adopting a Child from Bangladesh

While Bangladesh does not legally recognize adoption and is not a party to the Hague Convention, the law allows its citizens (at least one...


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