Family Law

Family law consists of a body of statutes and case precedents that govern the legal responsibilities between individuals who share a domestic connection. These cases usually involve parties who are related by blood or marriage, but family law can affect those in more distant or casual relationships as well. Due to the emotionally-charged nature of most family law cases, litigants are strongly advised to retain legal counsel.

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  • Deciding Where Possessions Go During a Divorce

    If divorcing couples are unable to agree on the distribution of their marital possessions, the court steps in and divides the property for them.

  • 6 Things to Do After Receiving Divorce Papers

    Sometimes divorce is finally filed after years of separation and is well anticipated. In other cases, it comes as a complete surprise to the person receiving paperwork. After receiving divorce papers, individuals must take immediate action to protect their legal rights and future.

  • Income Used to Calculate Child Support in Texas

    Child support in Texas is calculated based on pre-existing guidelines that take into consideration a number of factors to arrive at a fair child support amount. One factor used to determine the amount of child support is your income level. Several different types of income are used to calculate child support in Texas.

  • Getting Child Support from Someone Outside the Country

    While the United States recognizes the need for both parents to provide support to their children, other countries may not honor the child support orders that originate from the United States. Having a spouse who lives outside the country can make it more difficult to collect child support, there may be options available to the custodial parent.

  • Cohabitation under the New Alimony Statue: Whose Law Is it Anyway?

    By now most New Jersey residents are aware of the 2014 amendments to the NJ alimony statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23.

  • Same-Sex Divorce Negates Womanís Visitation Rights

    State laws prevailing over same-sex divorces are deficient, which creates a significant disadvantage regarding child visitation rights for same-sex couples who had children before they were legally married.

  • Grandparentsí Visitation Rights

    A recent Westmoreland County ruling could affect the way Pennsylvania courts handle visitation and custody rights of grandparents.

  • Rights of Lineal Relatives After Adoption

    When a person is adopted, the legal relationship between that individual and birth parents and other individuals is altered. In many states, adoption creates new lineage that basically substitutes a personís natural family for his or her adoptive family. Questions regarding the rights of extended family members to children who were adopted out of the family often arise in the will and estate area of law.

  • Adoption and Divorce

    When a couple decides to get divorced, they agree to sever their legal relationship with each other. However, both parties still have legal rights and responsibilities related to their children, whether they were born of the marriage or part of an adoption. In most situations, the fact that the children were adopted will not differ from whether the children were born of the marriage. However, there are some exceptions.

  • Is It Possible to Reverse an Adoption?

    While adoption can help place a child in a home with parents who want to care for the child, adoption does not always work out. The process is different to stop an adoption that has not yet gone through versus reversing one once it has been finalized. It also depends on the person who wishes to reverse the adoption.

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