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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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,...

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...

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...

Philippines: RA 9262 Extends to Parents in Laws

In the case of Sharica Mari Go-Tan v. Spouses Perfecto and Juanita Tan, G. R. No. 168852, September 30, 2008, the Supreme Court of The...

How Is Equity Determined in a Divorce?

  By HG.org
In many situations, the family home is the most valuable asset in a divorce. It is common for spouses not to agree on how to treat this asset...

Surrogacy in Ukraine: Positive and Negative Aspects

Ukraine is very attractive in terms of finding women willing to provide the service of surrogate motherhood, as it has many positive aspects....

Sole Custody, Joint Custody and Third-Party Custody

Few people are prepared to relinquish any rights to their children as the result of a divorce. However, certain compromises need to be made with...

How to Modify a Child Custody Agreement in Texas

Sometimes, a situation may arise that calls for parents to modify a custody agreement. However, making modifications to your child custody...

Tragic End to Child Abuse Case

The recent case of a three year old Broward County, Florida boy, has brought national attention to the flaws throughout the countries child...

Will Maryland Courts Recognize Same Sex Infidelity as Adultry

Maryland legalized same sex marriage by popular vote in 2012. The Supreme Court has this year acknowledged the validity of same sex marriage...

What Is the Time Limitation for Taking a Child Out of the Country?

  By HG.org
Family law cases can often be emotionally straining. Sometimes, one parent is given primary custody at the objection of the other parent. The...

Modifications to an Ohio Divorce Decree

The only constant in life is change, and changes in life circumstances and the lives of your children may warrant a post-decree modification of...

The Difference Between a Dissolution and a Contested Divorce in Ohio

The two primary legal vehicles to bring a marriage to an end in Ohio are a “dissolution” and a “contested divorce.” The key difference between...

Division of Business Ownership or Professional Practices in an Ohio Divorce

How is the marital interest in a spouse’s closely-held business or professional practice established and divided during the course of a divorce...

How to Travel Abroad with Children from Ukraine

Sometimes there is a need to travel with children abroad. Circumstances for such trips can be different: it is a vacation trip, or, in case of...

The Increasing Role of Marriage Contracts in Marriages with Ukrainians

The number of signed marriage contracts is constantly increasing in Ukraine, what is more, it is growing in the segment of international couples...

Can I Challenge Final Decision Making Authority?

  By HG.org
In Georgia, a judge can designate or parents can decide on which parent will have final decision making authority. This authority extends to...

The Importance of a Prenuptial Agreement

We live in a culture where marriages are not always “till death do us part.” Although most engaged couples imagine that their marriage will be a...

Can I Get in Trouble for Not Returning to the United States with My Child from Florida?

  By HG.org
While parents are usually free to move around the country, into other territories owned by the United States and to other parts of the world,...

Can I Get a Common Law Marriage License?

  By HG.org
When people get divorced, they may wonder about getting a common law marriage. They may be confused about the differences between traditional...

What Are the Questions I Need to Ask My Lawyer in a Child Custody Case?

  By HG.org
Child custody cases can be some of the most contentious. They can also be complex, and the way that they are decided varies from each state and...

Divorce & Parenting Arrangements

Most parents experiencing a divorce tell me that their primary concern is their children’s best interests. And most of the time I believe them.

The Rights of the Unborn to Support Under Ontario’s Succession Law Reform Act

Dagg v. Cameron [1] is one of those cases that law school professors use to challenge the way you think.

When is Mediation Necessary?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, that is, a mechanism for resolving matters outside of the courtroom. Mediation is...

Who Is Legally Responsible for Bills When Spouses Are Not Living Together?

  By HG.org
When spouses are not living together, it can be difficult to determine which spouse is legally responsible to pay debts. The timing of when the...

Liability of Debts when Spouses No Longer Live Together

  By HG.org
If two spouses are no longer living together, it can be difficult to determine who retains liability of the debt. Which spouse is responsible...

Dividing Real Property in Divorce

  By HG.org
The most valuable asset in many divorce cases is the marital home. The disposition of this asset can have a significant impact on the financial...

Where Goes the House in a Divorce?

  By HG.org
The home that the family lived in during the marriage is often the most valuable asset that a couple owns. Therefore, this asset may receive...

How Can a Private Investigator Help in My Divorce Case?

  By HG.org
Divorce is often a contentious experience in which formerly intimate spouses are now adversaries. With this dynamic, spouses may start to hide...

Prenups And "Pre-Pups"

Although couples do not enter a marriage with divorce in mind, a prenuptial agreement (prenups) can protect both parties and avoid a long,...

Supreme Court Decision to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community celebrating a victory, not only for them, but for the Court’s...

How Is Spousal Support Determined?

  By HG.org
Like many issues involving family law, state law largely dictates spousal support matters. This includes whether or not to award spousal support...

Marital Property for Foreign Spouses in Thailand

The Land Department of Thailand has special regulations that apply to the situation where a Thai national married to a foreigner wishes to...

How to Stop Child Support

  By HG.org
Every state recognizes that each parent is responsible for providing support for their children, whether the child lives with each parent or...

What Assets Are Protected from Divorce Settlements

  By HG.org
Family courts around the country recognize that spouses own some property that is separate from what they accumulated as a marital couple. Those...

Statutes of Limitation on Back Child Support

  By HG.org
State laws determine how and when a person can be ordered to pay child support. Additionally, these laws dictate the window in which a person...

Are All Marriages Equal in Divorce Court

The Supreme Court has acknowledged the validity of same sex marriage throughout the country. Of course, after parties get married, some of those...

Can Unconscionable Behaviour Disentitle a Dependant to Support?

Imagine a woman is so infuriated with her husband for his philandering, gambling and drinking that she disinherits him. Upon her demise, the...


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