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Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Family Law.


How to get Visitations Supervised

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...

Understanding the Laws on Underage Drinking in California

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

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?

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

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...

How to Legally Change Your Name in Florida

Legally changing your name is more than just a personal decision. To have your new name legally recognized, you must follow Florida statutory...

Same-Sex Couple Surrogacy

Recently, a Wisconsin judge pulled a married same-sex couple from Virginia into an eleven-month long legal battle over their parental rights. A...

Civil Partnership versus Marriage in Britain

It is probable that when the British government sanctioned marriage for same sex partners and enshrined the decision in the Marriage (Same Sex...

Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights in Georgia

Numerous factors can constitute child deprivation resulting from parental misconduct and mistreatment. For example, a parent’s conviction for...

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Collaborative Divorce in Texas

Divorce is difficult, but not all divorces are created equally. Here in Austin and Greater Metro Area, more and more people are choosing to...

What Mediation Can Do for You in Your Family Law Case

Mediation is a fast-growing area that first began changing the face of litigation in Texas in the late 1980's. Along with other forms of...

Family Court Process in UAE

1. Statement of Claim The statement of Claim is drafted by the Claimant or the lawyer. The statement of claim has to be in writing and in the...

Are Interspousal Transfers of Gifts and Property Taxable?

The general rule is that property and funds transfers between spouses during marriage and in divorce are not taxable, except for post-divorce...

How to Prepare for Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation can be long, boring, tiresome, and emotionally draining. It can also be a tremendous relief when a mediated settlement...

Child Abduction in Romania

The custody and control of children are under Romanian law that of the parents and to those who the courts delegate this authority. Parental...

I Am Healthy: Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney allows you to name someone to make financial decisions for you if you are not able to make those decisions yourself.

Undue Influence: A Form of Elder Abuse

A proactive approach in this situation is to meet with a qualified estate planning attorney to guide the individual through the estate planning...

Prenuptial Agreements: Are They Really Necessary?

Why are your children so concerned about your new life? Are they overreacting?

Do I File For Bankruptcy or Divorce First?

Bankruptcy and Divorce can go hand in hand. The timing of which to do first can be a difficult decision and can have a major impact on your...

LGBT ‘De Facto’ Parental Rights

Advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents are hailing a recent decision by the Maryland Court of...

Divorce in New Jersey

When a marriage or domestic partnership comes to an end, the ensuing divorce proceedings can be extremely complex. Each family is different, and...

Conscious Uncoupling

For many divorcing couples, the goal of reaching an amicable settlement loosely translates to everyone getting out without suffering serious...

Hiring an Attorney to Enforce a Child’s Special Education Rights

If you feel that your child is not receiving the appropriate level of education because a school or district has denied them either correct...

Is Domestic Violence a Felony or Misdemeanor?

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is taken seriously in jurisdictions throughout the country. In some areas, domestic violence is considered a felony. In...

Domestic Battery Laws

  By HG.org
Domestic violence instances continue to run rampant throughout the country. Learning about the laws related to domestic battery and the...

An Overview of Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is an act that has been difficult to categorize legally in some states, but it has been increasing in occurrence throughout...

Is Prosecution the Only Way to Stop Domestic Violence?

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a continuing issue that has predominately affected women and young children. Laws have been changing to assist in changing...

Repercussions of Domestic Violence Accusations

  By HG.org
When domestic violence ensues, the person that perpetrates the acts and is convicted may find himself or herself on the receiving end of many...

Can I Make My Ex Pay My Attorney's Fees?

What Constitutes “Bad Faith” to Justify an Award of Counsel Fees?

Divorcing Someone in the Military

Military lives are different in many ways. Someone who is part of the military can be divorced in our state courts just like everyone else....

Fathers’ Rights in New Jersey

When children are involved in a divorce, emotions can often turn an already stressful situation into an unbearable one, especially when both...

Fathers’ Rights in New Jersey

Today’s modern family has come a long way. Gone are the days where mom was relegated only to raising kids and tending to the home.

No Contact Orders in Family Law

  By HG.org
In some family law cases, a no contact order may be issued. This order prohibits the defendant from having any contact with the alleged victim....

Retrieving Personal Property when No Contact Order Is in Place

  By HG.org
A no contact order is a civil order that instructs a person not to have contact with another person, often because the other person has alleged...

Domestic Violence against Men

  By HG.org
When people think of domestic violence, they often visualize the image of a distressed woman who has been mistreated by her boyfriend or...

Fighting Restraining Order Petitions

  By HG.org
Restraining orders are an important tool for victims of domestic violence. They limit the interactions that the victim is subjected to when...

Evidence Necessary for a Protective Order Involving Family Violence

  By HG.org
When attempting to get a protective order when family violence is involved, victims are often confronting a complex issue. However, it is...

Abuse Inflicted on Elderly Women

  By HG.org
Although abuse may be inflicted on anyone, young or old, male or female, there is a disproportionate number of incidences involving elderly...

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

  By HG.org
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994. This important law...

False Allegations Regarding Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence affects every socioeconomic level, culture and race in the United States. Due to the prevalence of domestic violence in the...

When Protection Orders Are Misused

  By HG.org
Victims of domestic violence can secure a protection order so that the alleged abuser cannot be around them. This is a court order that...

When You Need a Protective Order

  By HG.org
Every year, victims of domestic violence are seriously injured and some are even killed. Victims of domestic violence can take a step toward...

What You Should Know About Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States. It often affects every segment of society. Whether you are a victim of domestic...

What is International Adoption?

International adoption laws and procedures are complicated. It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who has...

Domestic Violence Process Explained

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a serious violent crime with aggressive behavior from one person often injuring another. Bodily harm to various degrees is...

Immigration Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

  By HG.org
Individuals who are not United States citizens risk being removed from the country if they are convicted of certain crimes. A conviction for a...

If the Witness Refuses to Testify, Are the Charges Dropped?

  By HG.org
A common question that prosecutors are asked is if a case will be dismissed if the victim decides not to testify against the alleged abuser. The...

India to Enact a New Law on Surrogacy - Foreigners Barred from Seeking Services of an Indian Mother

For the past two decades, India has been the place for foreigners who seek to have a child through surrogacy, the states of Gujarat and Kerala...

The Consequences of Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Tragically, domestic violence is far too common. According to the United States Department of Justice, one in three victims of violent crimes...

Same-Sex Family Law Matters

Many New Jersey LGBTQ couples consider 2013 to be a landmark year. In that year, a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was...

Same-Sex Marriage Effects on Family Law

The Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a constitutional right was the beginning of new societal norms; however, many in the Lesbian...

Post-Divorce in Germany: Geschiedenen-Testament

Divorce results in any mutual inheritance claims between former spouses lapsing. However, it is possible for these to indirectly arise again. A...

Features of the Marriage Contract in Ukraine

Despite the considerable popularity of the marriage contract in Europe, the USA, and Canada, the mentality of the Ukrainian people still cannot...

Uganda Children Amendment 2016: Summary of Laws Governing Inter-Country Adoption from Uganda

For some time, concerns had been raised over unethical inter-country legal guardianship of children from Uganda. In March 2016, Uganda...

The Features of Surrogacy Contracts in Ukraine

The complexity of procedures for implementing surrogacy requires fixing contractual relationships between the parties and fixing the potential...

The Popularity of Surrogacy in Ukraine

The right to maternity and paternity is one of the basic moral rights of the couple under Art. 49.50 Family Code of Ukraine. However, there are...

Marital Home Purchased Before Marriage: How Is It Treated?

  By HG.org
When a person buys a home before he or she is married, this property is usually considered his or her own separate property. However, the other...

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Couples

It has been common and expected that when a woman is receiving alimony payments from her ex-husband, he will no longer have to pay spousal...

Summer Co-Parenting Tips

In the eyes of a child, summertime stands for fun. Swimming, sleepover camp, long days, cool evenings, and vacation plans dominate their...

In Florida, Can Alimony Be Modified Following the Final Dissolution of Marriage Judgment?

Yes, in many instances in Florida post judgment alimony can be modified. There are, however a number of considerations. Alimony is money paid...

Florida Enacts Collaborative Divorce Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 967, which is entitled “Collaborative Law Process Act,” into law on March 24, 2016. In doing so, Florida...

Italian Divorce and Separation Law

Divorce has been possible in Italy only since 1970. According to statistical data published by the Italian Central Statistical Office, only in...

Will My Child’s Opinion Be Considered in a Custody Case?

  By HG.org
Divorce often leads to child custody battles when both parents want the child for various reasons. These battles tend to lead to court dealings...

Fatal Accident at Recycling Plant

Last month, a 42-year-old worker at a Waste Management recycling plant in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania was killed when a bale of paper fell on him...

Construction Workplace Accident Prevention

The estimated 130 million construction workers on jobsites across the U.S. face a potentially dangerous work environment on a daily basis. OSHA...

PTSD

When you are injured on the job, you are entitled to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to seek monetary compensation for your lost wages while...

Filing a Claim Is Not Suing Your Employer

There is a common misconception that if an individual is injured on the job and pursues a Workers’ Compensation claim, they are effectively...

Six Costly Divorce Mistakes

Trying to handle financial issues while in the midst of a divorce can seem overwhelming.

Divorcing an Addict

Married people who suffer from addiction never suffer alone. The negative effects of addiction to drugs or alcohol tend to seep into every...

Custody and Assisted Reproduction

Assisted reproduction has been in the spotlight lately due to the increasing number of LGBT families conceiving children. Inevitably, some of...

Victims Seek to Change Laws in Maryland

Domestic violence has long been a serious problem in the state of Maryland and throughout the United States. One Maryland delegate is a survivor...

Privacy in High Profile Divorce Cases

Often, the news of celebrity couples splitting are accompanied by rumors of infidelity or a history of an explosive relationship. However, the...

Overexertion Leading Cause of Workplace Injuries

The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index identifies critical risk areas in the workplace to help businesses better allocate their safety...

Increased Use of Tech Evidence in Divorce Cases

A 2015 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reveals a dramatic increase in the use of divorce evidence being taken...

Tesla Founder Faces Financial Setback In Divorce

On March 31, 2016,k Tesla unveiled its as-yet unreleased Model 3. In just 24 hours, the pioneering automaker had raised eight billion dollars in...

Domestic Violence Allegations Affect Custody Agreements

Courts take allegations of domestic violence seriously – no matter the age of the accuser or the fame of the accused.

Do Siblings Have Rights for Visitation?

The laws surrounding a third party requesting visitation rights with a child is constantly in flux in states across the nation.

Potential Changes to Maryland Divorce Law

The state of Maryland is moving toward a change in their divorce legislation.

Power Lines and Farming Accidents

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, farmers and others who work in the agricultural industry are among the top ten types of...

Remarriage Changes Alimony Obligations

The financial ramifications of a divorce are worrisome for most. A supporting spouse can be ordered by a judge to pay alimony, child support and...

High-Profile Custody Dispute

Child custody is often one of the most hotly contested aspects of any divorce, but contrary to common beliefs even teenaged children can become...

Bird's Nest Arrangements Offer Big Benefits

As families evolve and adjust to changing times, the structure of shared child custody agreements has also adapted.

Can a Victim Drop Assault Charges

First, it's important to understand that criminal charges are not filed in court by "victims." The government files criminal cases, including...


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