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Can I Afford to Get a Divorce?

The decision that a marriage isn’t working and that it’s time to part ways is only one thing you need to consider when contemplating this major life change. While you may no longer want to be Mr. and Mrs., you may find that separating is not all that easy once you do the math.

Future Health Care Expenses Can Be Considerable

When you are enjoying your prime earning years you have a certain amount of financial power. Once you retire you may find yourself living on a fixed income with little flexibility available to you. As a result you must look ahead toward the future when you are still working and plan ahead intelligently so that you can enjoy your retirement years to the fullest without any financial concerns.

What Your Children Need to Know About Your Extended Care Plan or, Your Lack of One

In a small majority of states, adult children of elderly parents may be required to pay for the parent's long-term care expenses if the parent is not able to. Thirty states have what are called filial responsibility laws. These laws require the children to pay for their parent's nursing home expenses. Though they have rarely been enforced, they apply if an elderly parent is considered indigent and the adult children are able to pay.

Branding Young People as ‘Criminals’

Children and teens convicted of crimes face the prospect of being unfairly labeled as an offender during a time period when many experts believe their brains – and their resulting actions – are still developing. People love to classify and apply labels. It’s a natural human tendency.

Considering Divorce? Ask Yourself These Important Financial Questions

Divorce is a difficult time in anyone's life, and is a route that is only taken after much thought and deliberation. Although many attempt to prepare for the consequences of a split, some of the financial implications are often overlooked.

The Future of Social Security

If you have worked hard all of your life, and are at the point where you are starting to think about your golden years you are probably counting on Social Security retirement benefits to fund at least a portion of your golden years.

Something is Not Right about My Parent

If you have recently lost a parent, you are undoubtedly going through the grieving process that follows such a deep loss. The loss of a parent is never easy. If you are also concerned that something is not right about her Last Will and Testament, your grief is likely also joined by worry.

How Your Cell Phone Could Be Used in Your Divorce

We all get frustrated with people when we are driving down the road and they are not paying attention and just blabbing away on their cell phones, or when someone rudely answers their phone in a quiet movie theater and begins to have a conversation. Unfortunately, the majority of the population now has access to a cell phone.

What Probate Courts Do

Many people are unaware of probate courts and what they do. If you've begun your estate planning efforts you may know that probate courts are responsible for supervising the estate administration process, even though they also do a lot more. Though each state court has different responsibilities, let’s take a look at some of the more common matters that probate courts handle.

Getting a Divorce Means Changing Your Estate Plan

Married couples planning on divorcing sometimes under estimate the extent to which the divorce will impact their estate plans. Not only will you have to change key documents such as your will and your advance directive, but you may also have to create additional estate planning tools to protect your property and ensure the divorce will not cause problems with your estate plan later.

Estate Planning Guide When Legally Separating

In some situations, a married couple may decide to separate legally, instead of divorcing. While a legal separation contains very similar provisions to a divorce there are certain estate planning concerns that legally separated couples have that a divorced couple does not. It's important to speak to your estate planning attorney if you plan on getting a legal separation.

The Matrimonial Home - Canada

Pursuant to s. 19(1) of the Ontario Family Law Act both spouses (married not common law spouses) have an equal right to possession of the matrimonial home. That is, both spouses of equal right to reside in, use and enjoy the matrimonial home post-separation regardless of whether title to the home is joint or in one spouse’s name solely.

Legal Separation and Divorce - The Differences and the Benefits

Many people are unsure of the difference between a legal separation and a divorce. In this article, the benefits and the differences of both will be investigated. In many states, a legal separation can be granted to a couple if “irreconcilable differences between the parties have caused a temporary or unlimited breakdown of the marriage.”

Early Warning Signs for Arthritis

One out of every five adults, or about 50 million Americans, have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Though many of these people are elderly, about half of all arthritis sufferers are under the age of 65. If you begin noticing any of the typical warning signs associated with arthritis, you should speak to your doctor so you can start a treatment regimen. Early detection is always better than catching it too late.

Common Arthritis Red Flags

An estimated one out of every five American adults, or about 50 million people, will experience arthritis at some point. Though it's commonly believed that arthritis only affects the elderly, about half of all arthritis sufferers are under the age of 65. Early arthritis warning signs are often key in developing appropriate preventative measures, so if you notice any of these arthritis red flags you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Permanent Alimony in Florida

Florida is one of the few states in the nation that allows for permanent alimony and current laws do not limit on the amount of alimony that a judge can award a person. There is also no legal formula for alimony and no steadfast rules regarding the duration of alimony payments either. This has caused a certain level of unpredictability and inconsistency in alimony rulings in Florida from case to case, even though case facts may be similar.

Divorce Hotels?

Show about Divorce Hotel May Not be Realistic - By now, you may have heard about the Divorce Hotel in the Netherlands. This is a hotel that allows couples to get most of the details of their divorce worked out in a weekend. There is even talk of a reality television show that would follow this new idea. While the show is an interesting thought, and would likely be watched by many, there are some issues with it that may stand in the way of letting it become a reality.

Are You Aware of Coming Tax Increases?

There are some tax increases on the way at the end of this year and a lot of people may not be aware of them. Given the implications of these pending tax hikes cut it is absolutely necessary to sit down and discuss your situation with a licensed and experienced San Bernardino estate planning lawyer because there is a lot of money in the balance.

Child Support Modifications

Are you having difficulty making your child support payments? Or are you not receiving enough in child support? There are options available to help you in your current situation. If you have been through a divorce then you may have gone through the difficult process of determining child custody and visitation rights. If you have not been granted custody then you were probably granted some rights to visitation.

3 Common Alzheimer's Disease Warning Signs

Dementia is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease, though it can also occur as a result of other medical conditions. Alzheimer's and dementia produce memory loss and a general cognitive impairment. Here are three common warning signs that Alzheimer's patients typically show. If you notice any of these in yourself or in a family member or loved one, you should consult a physician as soon as possible.

Divorce and Naming a Guardian for Your Children

It really doesn’t matter if you are divorced or married, naming someone to act as the guardian for your children is probably the most important part of your estate plan. People that are divorced naturally assume that the other parent will automatically get custody of the children if something should happen to them. This is true in most cases, but there are some situations to where it would be helpful if you have named a guardian for your children.

Maryland Lawyers Battle over Same Sex Divorce - Maryland Appeals Court Okays Same Sex Divorce

Maryland - May 18, 2012 - A new story recently emerged in the heated debate over gay marriage. Last week, Maryland's highest court held that courts in that state must apply divorce laws equally, and grant a divorce, for gay marriages that were legally formed in another state.

$3.2 Million Dollar Judgment in Denver Nursing Home Neglect Case

A jury has awarded $3.2 million dollars to the family of a man who died in hospice care after leaving a Rocky Ford, Colorado nursing home. The Pioneer Healthcare nursing home is challenging the verdict. At trial, an expert found that the deceased had acquired 16 separate infections during his stay at the nursing home, and over 30 injuries. The final cause of death was determined to be a stage-four bedsore as well as malnutrition and Parkinson’s disease.

What Children's "Best Interests" Really Mean?

For adults engaged in difficult divorce and custody battles, it can be all too easy to forget the significant, long-lasting impact that these types of proceedings can have on those most sensitive to the fallout, children. Unfortunately, the setup of the court system promotes a competitive approach to determining custody in that one party is the so-called winner (the “primary” custodian) and one party is the so-called loser (the “partial” custodian) in most cases. Children do not see it that way.

Prenuptial Agreement

While preparing for your upcoming wedding, the last thing you want to think about is getting divorced. When you are about to get married, you think of your partner as your best friend, so you are much more likely to be amicable and fair than when you are about to get divorced, when you probably, albeit not always, think of your partner as your worst enemy. That being said, here are 5 things to consider when drafting a prenuptial agreement:

Home Security

In most divorces, the marital residence is one of the most substantial assets in the entire marital estate, if not the most substantial asset. What makes real estate unique from other assets, such as bank accounts, retirement accounts, and other investments, is that it is an asset usually tied to a liability, such as a mortgage or a home equity line. Consequently, when parties are going through a divorce, one of the challenges is determining what happens to the marital residence.

Hidden Dangers of Dividing Retirement

For many divorcing couples, retirement accounts can represent much of the value of a marital estate. Retirement accounts come in various forms and include Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), Roth IRAs, SEP IRAs, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, etc. Division of these various retirement accounts is a common concern for those separating or going through a divorce. Below are 3 important issues that arise with respect to retirement assets:

Gaining Support

Out of all the domestic issues that can arise, payment or receipt of child and/or spousal support is one of the most common. Both types of support are governed by the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines which establish a rubric for calculating the amount of the obligation. While the guidelines are fairly straightforward, determining the payor’s support obligation can be challenging, depending on the particular circumstances. Below are some of the issues that can arise:

Who Needs an Elder Law Attorney

As people continue to live longer and medical science continues to make improvements, elderly people often face a range of legal topics that younger people typically do not have to deal with. Elder law attorneys are lawyers who specialize in knowing how specific areas of the law impact their clients and what people can do to protect themselves as they get older. Let’s take a look at some of the most common areas that elder law attorneys deal with.

3 Alzheimer Warning Signs

According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are a variety of warning signs and symptoms that may indicate the onset of Alzheimer's disease. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact a doctor right away. Though many of these symptoms mimic age-related problems that almost all elderly people experience, Alzheimer’s disease symptoms are typically more significant than the common ailments associated with growing older.

Just and Equitable

Property settlement agreements are a great way for parties who are separating or divorcing to settle property issues amicably and to their mutual satisfaction. Without proper legal representation, however, these agreements can lock people into settlements that are detrimental. Following are five of the pitfalls people should avoid when working on such agreements:

How the Recession Changed Divorce

Divorce is rarely a welcome event financially, but in one of the worst recessions in recent history, it can be especially challenging. The state of the economy has an impact on various aspects of a divorcing couple’s finances, including their real estate, retirement accounts, and debts. The effect on their incomes can be substantial as well. This article examines the impact of the economy on some of the key financial issues in a divorce.

Financial Tips for Single Women after Divorce

Managing your money can be a challenge after a Virginia divorce. You can survive and thrive by staying positive and following some basic tips. You spent years sharing everything with your spouse, but now that your Virginia divorce is finalized, your money and life are all your own. There's a lot of freedom in being in control of one's own finances, but there are also major responsibilities. Despite the challenges, managing your money is an important part of post-divorce life.

How to Get Divorced on Your Own?

There are many ways to go about getting divorced. Hiring a lawyer is generally the most common and logical choice, but the only problem is that not everyone can afford a lawyer. There are many things to keep in mind before proceeding with a divorce, and the two main ones are how much should you be prepared to spend and what things are the most important to you.

Who Should Get Custody of a Child in a Divorce?

Child custody takes many factors into account a looks to determine what the best possible situation available is for the child. Which parent will they stay with, which school will they go to, how long will they be with each parent and who makes decisions for them are just a few of the questions that will need to be answered. For many, divorce is one of the most challenging moments of their life. That moment is only further complicated when it involves a child.

What Things to Consider for a Family Law Attorney

If you need the help of a family law attorney, you must consider some important things in this regard. These things include accessing a right lawyer, way of executing of the lawyer, if you are getting all the relevant information and aspects regarding your case and firm professional ethics etc. After considering all these points, you can definitely find the best family law attorney that will sort out your concern in highly effective way.

Prenuptial Agreements Serve Important Estate Planning Function

Prenuptial agreements still get a bad rap. People often crack jokes when talking about them, saying they are for the paranoid, the pessimistic, and the greedy and how unromantic they are. But wanting or signing a prenup doesn't mean you are planning for divorce. In reality, they serve a very important estate planning function, particularly in second marriages. Such agreements can also be made after marriage and are called post-nuptial agreements.

Surveillance Tools Used in Divorce

Covert Surveillance Tools Often Used in Divorce - If you are in the middle of a divorce, you may have considered using technology to get the upper hand. If so, you are not alone. It has been discovered that more people than ever are using covert technology, such as spy cameras, to try to find evidence to use against their ex. You might be interested in the reasons for this kind of instrument.

Reasons to Go to Divorce Court

You may be told constantly to try to settle out of court when it comes to divorce. However, sometimes it makes more sense to go to court. In some cases, trying to settle out of court can just drag out the divorce, so you should learn the signs that you would be better off taking the case to the courtroom.

Social Security: A Safety Net, Not a Cure All

When you are young time seems to pass slowly as you anxiously await certain benchmarks. For example young people will look forward to the day when they can start high school and then get a driver's license and it can seem to take forever. On the other hand, many people will tell you that as you age time starts to pass by very quickly.

Pragmatic Decisions Are Necessary

Every family dynamic is unique and the level of communication that exists among family members is going to vary on a case-by-case basis. Some families have very frank and open lines of communication and this can be helpful when you are considering the implications of the aging of a family member.

North Carolina Child Support at a Glance

One of the most contentious issues in North Carolina family law is child support. How child support works in North Carolina is a very common question asked by those who are planning or facing divorce. Child support laws in most states are fairly fixed without taking into account the actual child-related expenses of both spouses.

Will Filing Bankruptcy Affect Your Tax Refund?

One frequent topic of discussion this time of year is the way bankruptcy will affect tax refunds. Some people assume that all future refunds may somehow be set off against what they owe; others assume that the government may keep it for some period of time. It is important to make sure that you know what can happen to a tax refund, both to minimize the impact, and so you can plan accordingly.

Protecting Your Elderly Family Members -- Signs of Elder Abuse

The vast majority of us will need to entrust an elderly family member’s care to a stranger at some point in time. This may be for anything from a monthly home visit by a caregiver, to full-time, around the clock nursing home care. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that elderly Americans are also being abused, neglected and generally taken advantage of at an alarming rate.

Atlanta Child Custody Attorneys Discuss the Fight for Makayla Blair

Atlanta child custody lawyers at The Margolis Legal Group, P.C. can offer quality legal aid and counseling to families fighting for custody of their children. Claiming legal custody of your baby should be the last thing on new parents’ minds. But for the Blairs, a military family from Georgia, obtaining an Atlanta child custody attorney was top priority following the birth of their daughter Makayla last year.

Bankruptcy Information: Understanding Your Chapter 7 Rights and Responsibilities

When you file Chapter 7, rights to some assets must be protected or you could risk losing them during discharge. A Texas bankruptcy lawyer can help you deal with your responsibilities. When you file bankruptcy under Chapter 7 your rights to certain exemptions and reliefs are held up by federal and state bankruptcy laws. In order to protect these rights, you need to first make sure that you comply with all of the responsibilities you have under these laws as well.

Restitution in Domestic Violence Case Does Not Violate Harvey Rule

Under People v. Harvey (1979) 25 Cal. 3d 754, a defendant who signs a plea bargain allowing a sentencing judge to consider the entire case, including dismissed and charges not filed, waives the right to challenge his sentence. In People v. Ronald Snow, a felony case out of Yolo County, the sentencing judge awarded $44,994.85 in victim restitution for, among other things, dental bills incurred by the victim when Snow knocked loose the victim’s dental crown with a punch and left eye surgery.

Seattle Divorce Attorney Reveals How Social Media Affects Your Divorce

Social media can play an important role during a Seattle divorce. Find out how from Seattle divorce and family law attorney Eric Engel of the Engel Law Group. Social media sites are helpful tools when looking to network or reconnect with friends and family. However, these types of sites can also negatively impact your divorce, as well.

Elder Law Primer – What is Elder Law?

As you get older, different laws have a greater or lesser effect on your life. Elder law is simply a phrase used to describe all the legal issues that affect people as they age, retire, and die. Let's take a look at some of the more common issues that elder law attorneys deal with.

Building an Estate Plan Without Retiring

A good estate plan is one that takes into consideration all of your major life events, including a planned retirement and the money you'll need once you stop working. However, whether you have already retired or have yet to, you may wish to reconsider your decision to stop working. For many people, choosing not to retire is one of the best decisions they make. Here are several reasons why it may be right for you.

An Introduction to Elder Law – 3 Issues

When you are making your estate plan you may hear the phrase “elder law” but not really know what it means. Elder law is simply the collection of legal issues and topics that most often impacts the elderly. Creating an estate plan, for example, is one aspect of elder law, though the topic includes numerous other legal issues. Let’s take a look at some of the most common elder law issues.

The History of Same Sex Marriage in New Hampshire

As of January 1, 2010, same-sex marriage became legal in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. The journey to this momentous decision was anything but smooth, and Republicans have even recently filed a bill to repeal the gay marriage law. The bill was not successful and was defeated in the state House with a vote of 211-116. New Hampshire is one of 31 states that have had ballot measures related to same-sex marriage since 1998, and the opponents have prevailed in every state.

When Domestic Violence is a Factor in Your Child Custody Case

A child custody case in Texas may be affected negatively if domestic violence is involved. If you are pursuing a child custody case in Texas, allegations of domestic violence can have an impact. To better understand family law code and what your rights are, contact a divorce attorney as soon as possible.

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Custody Order in Favor of Dwyane Wade

NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade has scored another victory in his highly contentious divorce from Siovaughn Wade.

The Housing Market and Divorce – Unintended Consequences

As the housing market continues in a largely downward trend nationwide, there have been some unintended and unexpected consequences for couples in the midst of a divorce.

Child Custody Under Illinois Law

In any divorce involving at least one minor child, the parties’ divorce decree must define the custody and visitation arrangements for the child. Defining the word “custody,” however, is no simple matter. For instance, one person’s idea of “joint custody” can be quite different from another’s person notion of “joint custody.” Therefore, it is essential that the parties be aware of the definition of these terms in the state of Illinois.

Producer Bob Weinstein’s Wife Files for Divorce, Seeks Protection Order

The recent headlines about movie mogul Bob Weinstein showcase just how quickly things can spin out of control in the legal arena when marriages break down. Weinstein, the producer of many successful films including Pulp Fiction and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was in a Manhattan courtroom Monday, where his wife had filed for both divorce and for an order of protection.

Divorce and Grandparent’s Rights in Illinois

Acrimonious and emotionally devastating, divorces can have a far-reaching impact on a divorcing couple’s family members, especially when children and grandparents are involved. With almost half of all U.S. marriages now ending in divorce, the rights of grandparents have been garnering more legal attention during the past decade due to the rising number of divorces. In addition, any hostility felt by one parent can have a negative effect on the children’s other set of grandparents.

Fighting a Contested Divorce in Illinois

Divorces can be devastating to the quality of life for spouses, children and close family members involved in the conflict. Contested divorces represent the worst kind of divorce because of the degree of animosity punctuating the entire event. Unfortunately, many contested divorces can drag on for up to two years if neither spouse is able to concede to any of the disputed issues.

Maryland’s Court of Appeals Decides Same-Sex Divorce Case

According to Americans for Divorce Reform, it’s estimated that between forty and fifty percent of all marriages will end in divorce. Currently, there are six states in this country that allow same sex marriages – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Iowa and the District of Columbia. What happens when a same sex couple seeks to dissolve their marriage, especially if they now live in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage as legal?

Virtual Visitation Now an Option for Divorced Illinois Parents

An estimated 18 million children throughout the United States have parents who are divorced or separated, and another 17 million children have parents who have never been married.

Termination of Spousal Maintenance Upon Cohabitation in Illinois

State courts have jurisdiction over divorces taking place within their state, and thus divorce laws can vary by state. One area in which states have very differing laws is the matter of cohabitation and how it affects alimony (aka spousal maintenance or spousal support) payments to an ex-spouse.

Can You Spot the Signs of Elder Abuse?

Tens of thousands of elders fall victim to some form of abuse every year, and the abuse is very often at the hands of caregivers or close family members. The signs of elder abuse can be hard to recognize, for a couple of reasons. First, many of the signs overlap with what appear to be normal signs of aging – frailty and mental decline.

4 Major Issues to Discuss with Your PA Divorce Lawyer

Those about to begin the Pennsylvania divorce process often find themselves overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted. For many, meeting with a divorce lawyer can seem like a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to begin. Below, I’ve listed 4 common major issues that you should discuss with your divorce lawyer.

3 Ways to Prevent Your Elderly Loved Ones from Fraud

The elderly population has always been an easy target for financial fraud by both illegitimate and legitimate companies. During the recent economic recession, reports of fraud against the elderly have been rising. The Federal Trade Commission in conjunction with state attorney generals has been increasing their consumer protection programs to protect elderly consumers.

Determining Spousal Support

In cases of divorce one of the issues that can occur is whether or not spousal support should be awarded. In order to properly make a decision a number of items will be weighed to choose if one of the spouses has a right to support. For many people when their marriage ends they are shattered not just from the emotional strain but the worry of how they will continue on and support themselves.

For Many Seniors Staying at Home is Possible

The cost of long-term care has become truly exorbitant, and this is a subject of great concern within the elder law community and there is no relief in sight. Industry analysts tell us that the cost of long-term care is going to increase into the foreseeable future.

Grandparents and Childcare – Visitation

In practice, Kentucky courts give slightly weaker emphasis to the law which appears to grant visitation rights to grandparents. Grandparents who are primary care providers for their grandchildren are given equal consideration under the law by the courts when the court determines custody issues.

Law Would Expand Child Custody Rights for Military Parents

Congress will soon be considering a bill aimed at better protecting the child custody rights of military parents. The proposed new law, called the Service member Family Protection Act, would prevent family court judges from basing child custody decisions solely on service members’ past or future deployments. The bill seeks to amend the Service members Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces.

Financial Abuse: Elders Must Be On Guard

It is good to go through life staying positive, but at the same time you have to be aware of certain dangers that exist and take precautions to protect yourself. This can become even more important as you consider the eventualities of aging.

New Hampshire Rule of Evidence 504: The Marital Privilege

New Hampshire has long since recognized the privileged nature of communications between husbands and wives. However, with the widespread use of electronic communications, it has become unclear whether such communications remain within the realm of “marital confidences”.

Senior Citizen Financial Abuse

Senior citizens and elders are increasingly victims of scams. Abuses by attorneys in fact are among the worst. Elder Financial Abuse: Power of Attorney Scams - How to protect seniors from abuse of a power of attorney by family or friends, and how to spot this type of financial abuse.

Protecting Your Rights Through a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are written agreements that delineate each party’s rights and obligations in the event of a divorce. A prenuptial agreement is signed before the wedding and the agreement goes into force once the couple weds. The typical agreement addresses issues such as property division, distribution of marital assets and property, spousal support, the making of a will or trust, life insurance and other relevant rights or obligations in the event of divorce or death.

Divorce: Contested v. Uncontested

If you and your spouse are considering filing for a divorce, there are probably numerous questions going through your mind. Not only will you have to decide if divorce is the best option for you, but you will have to determine which type of divorce to pursue.

Setting Aside an Agreement After Reaping the Rewards? Court Says No

Ratification of Settlement and Separation Agreements - As an alternative to divorce, married couples often opt to enter into s separation agreement without dissolving the marital relationship. There are countless reasons why a married couple may choose separation over divorce.

Grandparent Visitation: Givens v. Darst

When the child was only four months old, his mother was murdered by a man she had previously dated. Less than two weeks after the murder, Givens filed a petition seeking to become the child’s “sole legal and sole physical” custodian. At the time of filing, Darst was presumed to be the father; however, Givens did not notify him about her petition.

Division of Complex Financial and Real Estate Assets

For our clients whose assets are sizeable, we understand that there are specific issues that will arise during a divorce. Complex financial holdings and property division must be reviewed carefully in order to create an equitable distribution of assets. First and foremost, any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements must be reviewed.

How to Have a Successful Divorce

A divorce is one of the most stressful events that may occur in a person’s life. Many people do not know how to focus their energy and can feel lost during their divorce proceedings, but it is extremely important not to get discouraged. There are a few things that you should try to do or avoid during the divorce proceedings in order to help keep your sanity.

Assisted Living Community Alternative

One thing to consider when contemplating the contingencies of reaching an advanced age, is the possibility of being unable to handle your day-to-day needs on your own. The likelihood of a stay in a nursing home or assisted living community may be the first thing that comes to mind. These options exist, but there are some pitfalls that go along with these types of facilities.

Joint Legal Custody Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be in Utah

Some parents think that getting their spouse to agree to joint legal custody during a divorce means an end to the bickering over decisions in their child(ren)’s lives: obviously the parents will discuss and reach important choices together, come to an agreement like adults, and move forward for the best interest of the child(ren), right? Wrong. Do not succumb to the deceptively sweet sounding siren song of “joint legal custody” without knowing the law.

Business Valuation in Divorce Proceedings: Understanding of the Basic Approaches to Value

Determining the valuation in divorce proceedings can often be contentious and difficult. There are three approaches to value any asset, business or business interest: 1) the asset approach, 2) the income approach and 3) the market approach. By: Mitchell Reichman

New Rule Could Cost Parents with PA Child Support Debts

Pennsylvania parents who owe back child support and who receive checks from the federal government may see less money each month due to a cost-saving change to be made by the Treasury Department nationwide. Beginning in March of next year, the Treasury Department will begin paying federal benefits electronically, rather than by paper check.

How Can My Taxes be Affected by Child Support?

There are many questions that arise when it comes to Child Support. Parents wonder how taxes will affect their Child Support, and how will their child be divided for the Child Tax credit between the two parents.

Home Familiarity Can Be Valuable To Seniors

When you are considering the eventualities of aging it is important to understand that there is a good possibility that you will need living assistance at some point in time

Heading Down the Aisle? Bring a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial or premarital agreements are contracts that future spouses enter into before getting married. Entering into a prenuptial agreement provides a couple with the opportunity to discuss and make decisions regarding these important matters before any problems arise during the marriage.

Divorce and Ethiopian Law - Divorce and Its Effects under Ethiopian Family Law

In Ethiopia, there are three forms of marriage. i.e. civil, customary and religious marriages. But the effect of dissolution of all forms of marriage is the same.

The Duty of Maintenance as Per Ethiopian Law

In social life it is expected that one person help another person in times of need. Especially members of a family are more intimate than any other persons. So they maintain one another. Such social values are backed by law.

Few Points on Separation of Property According to Ethiopian Family Law

After dissolution of marriage by divorce the next step will be liquidation of pecuniary relations. The pecuniary relations between spouses shall be liquidated by agreement or by retaking of personal property.

50/50 Parenting in New York

After a divorce involving underage children, many parents would love an equal 50/50 split of time would be spent by each parent with each child. However, a myriad of conflicts may prevent this from happening. Some conflicts can be avoided or rectified, whereas others may be permanent obstacles around which both parents must navigate.

6 Signs You Should Hire an Attorney for Your Divorce

Getting divorced in Virginia can be a complicated endeavor. If you have children, assets, or any other likely points of dispute you should contact a Virginia divorce attorney for women. If you're getting divorced in Virginia, you might be wondering whether you need to hire an attorney. While the idea of having a Virginia divorce attorney for women on your side can seem appealing, you may not know much about working with a lawyer and be unsure of what to expect.

Buying Property in China for Marriage: Be Cautious!

The Supreme Court issued a Judicial Explanation recently over Marriage and Divorce Law. There is a clause which may have substantial influence to expat who is ready to get married in China.

Systematic Child Abuse Over Time Supports Aggravated Mayhem Conviction

For six years, Defendant Joseph Robert Horvath and his wife tortured, beat and maimed their adopted daughter, starting when she was nine and ending when she was fifteen. The wife thought her husband was sexually molesting the daughter, so she beat the girl until she confirmed this was so. Then the husband would take over and beat the girl for such an accusation, which was false.

Contested Divorce

In America today, marriage is common, however divorce is very common as well. Some factors that help to prevent divorce are: religious beliefs, a college education, a good example from the parents, and even waiting until the age 25 to marry.

How Does a Child Choose Who to Live with?

Many of people do not know when the proper age is that a child is able to help in the decision of with which parent they will claim their primary residence.

What You Need to Know about Child Custody

If you are considering filing for a divorce, the spilt of the relationship is not the only aspect that will be affected. Families will also have to make decisions regarding child custody and visitation.

Does Abuse Matter in Divorce Proceedings?

Going through a divorce can be a challenge emotionally all on its own, but add to the fact that you are leaving an abusive relationship and an entire new set of emotions comes into play as well. People tend to have their reasons for staying in an abusive marriage such fear, money, children, family, and many other reasons. This can lead to quite the emotional rollercoaster once a person is working toward freeing themselves of that abusive relationship.

Adult Charges for Juvenile Crimes? It’s Legal in the State of Colorado

In the past month, lawmakers in the state of Colorado have vocalized concerns that too many youth are being charged as adults, and they are now trying to scale back the authority that prosecutors have in the state. Colorado prosecutors have always been able to charge juveniles as adults when they commit serious crimes because of a process called a “direct file”.

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a document that defines how a couple’s assets and property will be divided if the marriage happens to end in divorce, or in the case of a death of one spouse. Prenuptial agreements are filed before the couple is married as opposed to a post-nuptial agreement, which is essentially the same document; however it is filed while the two people are married.

Child Custody Settlement Reached in High Profile Case

Divorce brings up a number of issues that will need to be discussed and decided upon. The recent case of a divorce in Hollywood has illustrated the complexities that can be involved as well as the important choices such as how the parents will no divide custody over their children.

Celebrities Taking a Stand against Domestic Violence

A prevalent issue in today’s society, many women face the devastating effects of domestic violence. Many are taking action to stop this atrocity, including some members of Hollywood’s elite. It was shock to many when allegations of Chris Brown and Rihanna having a violent dispute broke out. Pictures flooded the news of the young and hopeful star badly bruised from the beating she had suffered.


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