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

The Consequences of Domestic Violence

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Six Costly Divorce Mistakes

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

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

How Long Do I Have to Pay Child Support in New Jersey?

  By HG.org
Each state has different guidelines that specify how long child support must be paid. In many cases, the support obligation ends when the child...

How Long Do I Have to Pay Child Support?

  By HG.org
Child support laws vary by each state, so the rules that apply in one jurisdiction may not apply in another. However, many of the states follow...

Don't Make These Mistakes in Your Divorce

Every divorce is different. The parties to a divorce have different needs and expectations. But across the board, any person going through a...

Battery, Domestic Battery and Aggravated Battery in Florida

  By HG.org
Battery, domestic battery and aggravated battery are all serious crimes under Florida law. However, they each have unique elements that must be...

How to Lift a Restraining Order

  By HG.org
Restraining orders are issued in cases involving cases involving domestic violence and cases in which the judge believes that it is necessary to...

Juvenile Offenses and the Justice System

  By HG.org
Offenses from youthful offenders are not uncommon. However, this group of individuals is often perceived as a group that can be rehabilitated...

The Process a Person Faces After Being Arrested for Domestic Violence

The process which a person may expect after being arrested for Domestic Violence. Once you are charged then you will appear in court and a full...

What You Should Expect If You Are Arrested For Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges can stem from family relationships or relationships with dating or sexual partners. Any offensive or harmful touching...

Refuting Perjured Testimony

  By HG.org
When people testify in court, they are often told that they will be subject to penalty if they perjure themselves. However, there are various...

Texas Divorce Mediation

Divorce can be hard on both the divorcing parties’ emotions and their wallets. For those in Williamson County, there is an alternative to...

Emergency Hearings for Child Custody Matters

  By HG.org
In some situations, a concerned parent or other individual may petition the court for an emergency hearing to grant an order regarding custody...

Declaring and Re-Declaring of Bulgarian Properties in the Local Municipality

Importance of declaring both of the spouses in the property declaration.

Dealing with Real Property after a Divorce

  By HG.org
For many couples, real property represents the most valuable and expensive asset that they own. Since the couple will no longer be living...

How To Get a Divorce in India

India has different divorce laws for different religions. Almost all the religions have their own divorce laws in India which are used among...

Adopting a Child in Ukraine by Foreigners

Adopting a child is a responsible step for every family. The procedure of adoption is extremely difficult, both from a legal and social point of...

Property Rights of Cohabiting Couples

  By HG.org
Generally speaking, unmarried couples do not have the same property rights as married couples. While a court may help divide a married couple’s...

Legal Consequences of Bigamy

  By HG.org
In the United States, it is unlawful to be married to more than one person at a time. Violating this law can have criminal and civil...

Proving Your Claim in Family Court in Dubai - Witnesses

Ninety percent of the cases will involve witnesses and they can have the biggest impact on the outcome of the case. Witnesses are also accepted...

Proving Your Claim in Family Court in United Arab Emirates

We will explain the kind of correspondences that the court accepts, and the role of the mediators in the processes of the family courts, whose...

Acknowledgement of Paternity in Ukraine: Legal Aspects

Acknowledgement of paternity is the expression of person’s will. This person considers himself as a father of the child and it is one of the...

What to Do if You are Wrongly Accused of Family Violence

Relationships between family members are often complicated and emotional. For this reason, conflict between members of the same household are...

The Single Worst Advice You Could Ever Get About a Custody Fight

Look at that picture. That used to be you- happy family, good friends, cute kids. But somehow, it all fell apart and you find yourself where you...

The Availability of Assisted Reproductive Technologies for Single Persons. Legal Aspects in Ukraine

In recent years, medicine has reached the heights, including in matters of surrogate motherhood. Ukrainian legislation regulating the issue of...

What Property Rights do Registered Domestic Partners Have?

  By HG.org
Several states have recognized registered domestic partners for many years, longer than same-sex marriages have been recognized in many...

Custody Rights of Fathers Getting a Divorce in Texas

  By HG.org
One of the most important decisions to make during the divorce process is which parent or parents should have custody of the children. There are...

Foreigners Married to Thais: Beware of Thai Condo Laws

A practical look at a complication non-resident foreigners married to Thais may face when purchasing a condominium in Thailand.

Family Law - Witnesses in Family Court

After the witnesses have made their statements in the Family Court, there is usually one more hearing after that in order to allow both the...

Family Law Settlement Agreements in United Arab Emirates

Following a No Objection Certificate from the Family Guidance committee, the parties can file their family case in the Dubai Courts. In the...

Thailand Premarital Agreement: Love, Money, and Marriage

The purpose of a premarital agreement is to determine the division of properties in the event of a divorce. Thailand premarital agreements are...

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lesbian Mother

he United States Supreme Court recently sided with a lesbian mother in an adoption case, temporarily blocking an Alabama court order, which...

Can I Be Reimbursed for Child Support Payments I Made for a Child Who Is Not Mine?

  By HG.org
If a father believed that a child was his and this is later disproved by genetic testing, the father may consider seeking reimbursements for...

Divorce for UAE Resident under UAE Family Law and Hindu Marriage Act 1995

In a recent Supreme Court case decision, according to Article 13 of the personal status law, court of cassation applied foreign law in a divorce...

Surrogate Maternity - International Experience and Implementation in Ukraine

Continued existence of human race, as an apogee of the relationship between a man and a woman is expressed in motherhood, which not only...

Finalizing a Divorce in Baltimore County

One of the most frequent questions that divorcing couples ask is “how long will this take?”

Marriages with Foreigners in Ukraine

Lately, by force of some intrinsic reasons, the problem of marriage consummation by the citizens of Ukraine with foreigners became more topical....

New Maryland Divorce Law

A new Maryland law will now make it easier for couples without minor children to divorce.

Frequently Asked Questions about Child Support in Utah

For parents, child support in the event of a spousal separation or divorce is one of the most serious issues that they will have to face. If you...

What Is an Incorporated Settlement Agreement in Divorce?

  By HG.org
In divorce orders and separation agreements, there may be terms such as “merged,” “survived” or “incorporated” that individuals without a legal...

Special Considerations for Gray Divorces

  By HG.org
When a couple gets divorced later in life, this is dubbed a “gray divorce.” Older individuals often have different issues to deal with during...

Do I Have a Right to a Family Business in Divorce?

  By HG.org
When contemplating divorce, spouses may think about the family home, real estate, financial accounts and maybe even retirement accounts....

Why Should I Go through Divorce Mediation?

  By HG.org
Divorce mediation is an alternative to litigating issues. In some jurisdictions, mediation is required in all family law cases. However,...

Basics of Pennsylvania Family Law Litigation

What does “going to court” mean? That depends on whether you’re referring to the world of prime-time television (L.A. Law for my generation) or...

When Can the Non-Earner Spouse Withdraw Funds from Joint Bank Accounts in California?

The non earner spouse can withdraw funds from joint accounts prior to the time one of the parties files for dissolution. Once a petition for...

What Is the Difference Between Fault and No-Fault Divorce?

  By HG.org
When a spouse petitions for divorce, he or she usually has two options. He or she can either ask for a divorce based on no-fault grounds or he...

What Decisions Does the Judge Make in Divorce Cases?

  By HG.org
A family law judge has a tremendous amount of power in divorce cases. He or she may make a variety of decisions that can impact spouses for...

What Are the Steps I Need to Take When Dealing with a Divorce in Salt Lake City?

Making the decision to file for divorce is not always easy because there are a lot of things to take into consideration, personally,...

What Should Fathers Do to Get Child Support from Mothers?

  By HG.org
When individuals think about child support, they usually think about fathers supporting their children while the mother maintains primary...

How to Enforce Court Orders in Divorce

  By HG.org
When a person receives an order in a divorce case, this order is backed up by the power of the court. If a spouse refuses to comply with the...

Legalization of Marriage, that Was Contracted Abroad, in the Ukraine

This decade people are actively traveling around the world, not only for tourism but also for work, choice the place of residence, and because...

Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in Pennsylvania

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

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.

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...

6 Things to Do After Receiving Divorce Papers

  By HG.org
Sometimes divorce is finally filed after years of separation and is well anticipated. In other cases, it comes as a complete surprise to the...

Getting Child Support from Someone Outside the Country

  By HG.org
While the United States recognizes the need for both parents to provide support to their children, other countries may not honor the child...

When an Acting Power of Attorney Isn’t the Right Person for the Job in Ontario, Canada

A woman felt her Mom’s power of attorney was doing such a terrible job that her Mom’s health was at risk. But that’s the middle of the story....

Paying Children to Care for Their Parents in Ontario, Canada?

When children grow up and start families of their own, they remain involved in their parents’ lives to varying degrees. Across Ontario, adult...

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.

How Common Is Assault Against Men?

In Florida, assault occurs when an individual intentionally threatens another person with violence, placing the victim in fear of an imminent...

Can Your Wife or Husband Dime You Out?

We’ve watched the scene unfold on television before, a couple discusses their pending legal doom, things are bleak, then somehow they realize...

Polygamous Marriage and Family Visa in Italy

In the last decade Italy has increased by more than 35% the number of spouses or children arrived in our Country that use the institution of...

Same-Sex Divorce Negates Woman’s Visitation Rights

State laws prevailing over same-sex divorces are deficient, which creates a significant disadvantage regarding child visitation rights for...

Rights of Lineal Relatives After Adoption

  By HG.org
When a person is adopted, the legal relationship between that individual and birth parents and other individuals is altered. In many states,...

Domestic Adoption in the Philippines; Requsites

This is a preview as to the basic requirements for the filing of an application for adoption under the Philippine Domestic Adoption Act of 1998.

Adoption and Divorce

  By HG.org
When a couple decides to get divorced, they agree to sever their legal relationship with each other. However, both parties still have legal...

Is It Possible to Reverse an Adoption?

  By HG.org
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...


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