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

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?

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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...

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...

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...

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...

What Is the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act?

  By HG.org
In addition to remedies that are available at the state level, such as garnishment of wages and state tax offset programs, the Deadbeat Parents...

Family Offices

Many family offices (FO) started their business as so called single family offices, where the family owns the FO and serves only the owner...

Prenuptial Agreements in Kenya: Blessing or Curse?

The advantages of having a prenuptial agreement in the Kenyan context.

Child Legitimation in Thailand

According to Section 1548 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code, a father of a child born out-of-wedlock must make an official application in...

Can I Sue My Spouse?

  By HG.org
In some circumstances, one spouse may consider suing his or her spouse for particularly egregious conduct. However, whether the spouse can bring...

Marital Settlement Agreement- Drafting Key Provisions

Drafting settlement and separation agreements is an important part of any family law practice because only fifteen-percent of divorce cases...

Role of Forensic Accountants in Divorce Cases

  By HG.org
While divorce is often an emotionally-trying experience, at its core, it is a matter of ending a contract between two parties. One of the most...

Establishing Paternity in Illinois

Paternity is the legal term for the relationship between a father and his child. While maternity is always apparent, sometimes there may be...

Under What Conditions Would the Court Change Child Custody in China?

Once the right of child custody is granted to one party by court of law, it is difficult to change. If the other party wants to bring up child...

Steps Women Should Take Before Getting a Divorce

  By HG.org
Before plunging into the waters of divorce, women can take several steps to help make the process easier. Decisions made immediately prior to...

How Does a Minor Get Emancipated?

  By HG.org
Some find it surprising, but it is not that uncommon for family law attorneys to hear the question “how does a minor get emancipated?” Reasons...

Steps to Take Before Getting a Divorce

  By HG.org
As much as getting a divorce is an emotional decision, it is also a financial decision. Once someone has made the decision to pursue a divorce,...

Appraising All Parties of Their Rights and Obligations

Adoptions and Surrogacy Agreements raise substantial ethical considerations. Particularly in the case of Surrogacy Agreements, the parties are...

Setting and Communicating Attorney Fees

  By HG.org
Both Codes require that an attorney enter into a written fee agreement with a client and requires the attorney to carefully explain and ensure...

Discouraging Adoption Fraud and Misrepresentation / Duty to Report Abuse and Guarding of Confidentiality

Especially in the case of adoption, the Code specifically requires an attorney to actively discourage adoption fraud or misrepresentation and...

Contributing to Your Grandchildren's Future

When estate planning, gifting assets to your grandchildren can do more than help your descendants get a good start in life; it can also reduce...

Can Domestic Contracts Prevent Dependant's Relief Claims?

There is interplay between sections of the Family Law Act (“FLA”), and those of the Succession Law Reform Act (“SLRA”), in particular as it...

How Do I Garnish Wages for Child Support?

  By HG.org
In a typical debtor/creditor case, a creditor must go to court and get a judgment against a debtor before it can take part in collection efforts...

Basics of Mediation

Mediation is negotiating with the assistance of a neutral third party (the mediator) who facilitates the negotiation process.

Underage Drinking Liability: Illinois House Bill 4745

Minor in possession. Open container violations. Driving under the influence. Minors are particularly susceptible to committing these...

Lower Standard to Remove Restrictions on Parenting Time in Michigan

To modify custody the parent seeking the modification must show that there is a change in circumstances or good cause to revisit custody before...

How Do Support Orders Get Enforced

  By HG.org
While the first step in getting child or spousal support is to get a court order, this is only the beginning of the process. Unfortunately, many...

How to Stop Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Black eyes, broken bones, missed days from school or work. For some, these may seem familiar. Whether they are occurring to you or someone you...

The First Divorce Conversation to Have

The first and most vital decision that divorcing couples need to make is what process they’re going to use to accomplish their divorce. That’s...

How to Avoid Fraud Adopting a Child from the Ukraine

The procedure of adoption of a child from Ukraine is complicated, expensive and long. Ukrainian legislation makes the process of adoption...

Introduction to Jurisdiction of Divorce in Turkey

Divorce principles in Turkish Law related to divorce. Enforcement of a Foreign Divorce Decree in Turkey requires some standards.

Divorce under Tunisian Law

In Tunisia, the Family Law is regulated by the Code of Personal Status.The rules applicable to divorce in Tunisian law is the Articles 29 et seq...

Ways Divorce Attorneys Help Their Clients

  By HG.org
Divorce is often an emotionally and financially draining time. However, a qualified divorce attorney can help make the process easier. Here are...

When Do I Need a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
With a variety of self-help forms and resources available to individuals today, it may be tempting to attempt to do legal work yourself and...

What Family Law Court is Really Like

The people who can best appreciate what spending time in the family court system is like are family law attorneys. We live in this system day in...

What Happens to a Mortgage in a Connecticut Divorce?

It is a question that gets pushed aside amid figuring out child custody, money, and other asset division during divorce proceedings, but one...

Initial Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer

  By HG.org
When a person reaches out to a divorce lawyer for the first time, there are certain things that he or she should be aware of. Here is an...

What Happens When Business Partners Divorce in Illinois?

Spouses do not typically go into marriages anticipating the marriage will fail. Likewise, partners do not begin a business thinking that it will...

Basics of Collaborative Law

Collaboration means to work together to achieve a common goal. The collaborative process involves the spouses, their attorneys and any other...

New Jersey Same Sex Marriage

The debate over same-sex marriage continues to be a political issue, but many do not feel as strongly about the issue as they did a decade ago.

How Long Does Child Support Last For?

  By HG.org
While individual states may vary as to how they calculate child support, one constant is that states recognize that both parents have the legal...

How Can Social Media Affect my Illinois Divorce?

We live in an age where we constantly feel the need to let everyone in the world around us know exactly where we are at all times. This is made...

The Formidable Challenges Victims of Domestic Violence Face

In American culture, domestic violence and sexual assault have traditionally been treated as embarrassing secrets that must be hidden at all...

How Do Subpoenas Work?

  By HG.org
While a summons may require another party in the case to appear, a subpoena can require that a particular person appear in court or for other...

How Do I File Contempt in My Family Law Case?

  By HG.org
If there is an order that was entered in your family law case and the other party is not following the order, you may decide to pursue a...

Home Issues Come to the Forefront in Florida’s Divorce Mediation Process

One of the main issues a Florida couple will have to deal with during a divorce is what to do with their home.

What Happens to the Mortgage in a New York Divorce?

Just like all other forms of marital property, a couple's mortgage on their home must be divided during their divorce. A mortgage is considered...

Tax Tips for Couples Going Through a Connecticut Divorce

While most divorced couples are immediately concerned about their children and their financial status, there are other, less obvious, impacts...

Restricting Alcohol May Reduce Domestic Violence

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In a...

The Importance of Illinois Prenuptial Agreements

The prenuptial agreement. We hear about it in movies, on television, and may have signed one or know someone that signed one before entering...

If You Have Not Divorced in Mexico, Can You Remarry in the United States?

If you have not divorced in Mexico, but you remarried in the United States, could this affect you? In short, yes. If you are married to another...

Divorce Can Derail A California Family Business

How a dissolution matter can effect a functioning family business in California.

New Illinois Domestic Violence Law

The Illinois legislature has recently taken critical, necessary steps to ensure the safety of women suffering from domestic violence.

Indirect & Direct Illinois Child Support Payments

One of the greatest and most obvious concerns newly divorced parents have is in regards to their children. Divorce proceedings can be...

I Need a Divorce, Where Do I Start?

  By HG.org
When love turns sour, the effects of a relationship ending can be devastating. When the only solution left is to seek a divorce, knowing where...

When a Marriage Breaks in the United Arab Emirates

Shedding light on the application of the UAE Personal Affairs (‘Sharia’) versus foreign laws. The case of a Hindu divorce granted by the Sharia...

New Technology, New Definition of “Family” May Change Florida’s Child Custody Law

Many Florida families look at the new technologies by which children can be conceived and wonder how best to interpret the meaning of the word...

How Does Divorce Affect My Illinois Social Security Benefits?

While the ideal situation is being able to amicably divide your assets upon divorce, that might not always be the case. Even if you are willing...

Am I Liable for My Spouse’s Credit Card Debt?

  By HG.org
While in many cases one spouse is not liable for the other’s credit card debt, this depends on a number of factors. Of these, the nature of the...

Liability for Spouse's Debt in Connecticut Divorce

Everyone knows that divorce results not just in a severing of the marital bond between two individuals, but also in a division of property.

Do Grandparents Get Holiday Visitation Rights in Connecticut?

With the holiday season in full force, we all have a lot of things on our mind: hosting parties, cooking, gift shopping, work stress, and...


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