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


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...

Attorney Tips for Handling Stress and Quelling the Fires of Conflict

Part of handling stress deals with the selection of the cases a lawyer takes. Lawyers should be cautious of taking cases from extremely...

Legal Aspects of Marrying Ukrainian Citizens

Nowadays, many people move to Ukraine to marry with Ukrainian citizens. A foreigner who married a person who lives in Ukraine will face a number...

Does Joint Custody Mean that Neither Parent has to Pay Child Support?

  By HG.org
While it seems sensible that parents who have “joint custody” would not need to pay child support because they both have the child, there are...

Youthful Offender Status in Alabama

  By HG.org
Criminal penalties tend to be harsh so that the state can accomplish its goals, including deterring similar future conduct from the defendant...

Divorce and the Child with Special Needs

When the parents of a child with special needs are divorcing, or are considering divorce, it is important to accurately access the emotional and...

Common California Family Law Questions Answered

Twelve common family law questions.

Different Issues Handled by a Family Attorney

You are proposed to contemplate a number of distinct things, with regards to selecting quality family attorneys.

Can I Sue a Spouse for a Personal Injury?

  By HG.org
While the classic rule was that spouses could not sue each other, the abolition of laws throughout much of the 20th century has all but...

For a Friendly Divorce, Florida Couples Find Help in Divorce Mediation

If couples can put their differences aside to create an atmosphere of teamwork, they can work with a divorce mediator to help them achieve a...

Florida Couples Should Keep Debts in Mind During Divorce Mediation

So many issues come up during divorce mediation that couples often become overwhelmed with all of them. Child custody, alimony, and child...

Where Can I Go for Legal Advice if I Am Pro Se?

  By HG.org
Presenting a case in front of a judge or jury usually requires specialized knowledge about procedural issues and evidence, which is why hiring...

When Do I Need a Private Investigator?

  By HG.org
In certain cases, a lawyer may recommend hiring a private investigator. He or she may have existing contacts or may recommend that you find your...

What Is a Digital Private Investigator?

  By HG.org
While many private investigators complete work in the field by conducting surveillance on a subject and photographing them in certain acts,...

Private Investigation – Frequently Asked Questions

  By HG.org
If you are considering retaining the services of a private investigator, you may want to know some background information regarding these...

Will my Designated Beneficiary Receive the Proceeds from my Life Insurance Policy?

The answer should be yes, but if you have had major life events in your family, such as births, adoptions, divorce, marriage, or deaths, your...

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

As with most questions in the legal realm, the answer to this seemingly simple question is “It depends.” A simple, no-fault divorce with both...

Michigan Court Rules that Biological Relationship Not Necessary to Inherit as a Child

When is a child a child? The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not necessary to establish a biological relationship in order to be...

Elder Abuse: Underreported and On the Rise

Two million and counting elders suffer from elder abuse every year in the United States. However, with elder abuse on the rise, and the fact...

Should I Hire a Private Service of Process Business Instead of Using a Sheriff’s Department?

  By HG.org
Although federal courts and many state courts only require that a process server be 18 years of age or older and a non-party, most process...

What Are the Requirements for Service of Process?

  By HG.org
Service of process is the legal notification to one party, usually a defendant, of the receipt of certain information. While each state can...

What Benefits Is My Same-Sex Spouse or Domestic Partner Entitled to?

  By HG.org
Due to a number of important Supreme Court decisions in the 21st century, married same-sex spouses are entitled to a number of benefits that...

Domestic Violence: A Heavy Accusation

Domestic violence is a serious accusation and can have devastating effects on the life of those accused.

The Christmas Tort, For Christmas Dishes You’ve Had to Eat and Lies You Were Told

It’s time to give personal injury lawyers a tort that can improve the lives of people at Christmas. How long are family members going to suffer...

New Illinois Law Will Require Pregnancy Accommodations

Illinois has seen many positive changes in support of women’s equality recently. In addition to signing an amendment to the Equal Pay Act that...

Adoption of Ukrainian Children by Foreigners

There are more than 25,000 of children living in orphanages in Ukraine. Of course, all of them want to find a carrying family and loving...

Paternity Suit in Turkey Under Turkish Family Law

Paternity Suits in Turkey under Turkish Family Law. Results of Paternity suits will enable the mother to request financial support from the...

Seniors Should be Cautious When Purchasing Deferred Annuities

Financial Conduct Authority says the deferred annuities market is messy, so seniors and elders need to be more careful when buying.

Who Owns the Nursing Homes in California?

When moving your loved one into a nursing home, you want the best. Except, that info isn't readily available to the public.

The Divorce Process: Decide or Have the Decision Made for You

Decide or have the decision made for you. This phrase applies to pretty much everything in the area of family law. You can’t make any decisions...

What Are My Rights Under Community Property Distribution?

  By HG.org
While the majority of states require that assets be distributed in an equitable division upon divorce, community property states view all...

New Illinois Maintenance Law

In every Illinois divorce, the family law court decides whether one spouse must pay maintenance, commonly referred to as spousal support, to the...

Business Valuation in Connecticut Divorce

When a previously married couple files for divorce, their property must be equitably distributed between the former spouses. Usually, the courts...

Understanding the Routes to Different Child Custody Situations in California

The Child Custody and Visitation Process in California. Divorcing parents in California control their own future when deciding child custody...

What Property am I Entitled to in an Equitable Distribution State?

  By HG.org
Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin use a community property distribution scheme to...

A Look on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in relation to RA 9262. Domestic Violence is an act of aggressive behaviour within the home and towards a member or members of...

How to Tell if You Are Ready for a Divorce

Issues to review when contemplating a dissolution of marriage.

What Does “Best Interests of the Child” Mean?

  By HG.org
In the objective sense, the term “best interests of the child” pertains to the principles that are used to determine what will be best for a...

Important Differences Between Enforcement of Spousal Support Orders and Enforcement of Civil Judgments in California

Spousal support refers to an ongoing series of payments payable to one spouse over a specified duration of time after a divorce. For spousal...

Performance of California Nursing Home Chains

Many nursing home chains in California have been shown to underperform when it comes to quality-of-care, staffing, and inspection measures.

Unlawful Provisions in Premarital Agreements

it is vital that any attorney drafting a prenuptial agreement know about unlawful provisions. Otherwise, a client may later be unhappy if...

Battery Domestic Violence with Strangulation in Las Vegas, Nevada

Battery domestic violence is a misdemeanor case in Las Vegas Nevada. But a domestic battery by strangulation is taken more seriously and can...

Evidence Needed for a Family Violence Protective Order

Seeking a protective order after an instance of family violence can be complex. A protective order can be used to help a victim of family...

Potentially Misleading Advertisement for Indexed Universal Life Policies by Insurance Marketing Organizations

Insurance marketing organizations may have been providing misleading Indexed Universal Life policy ads.

Family Limited Partnerships and Divorce: Structuring the Division

Family Limited Partnerships can present unique challenges in divorce litigation relative to the division of property and debt. It is vital to...

Equity Indexed Universal Life Insurance Is Not For Most People

Indexed Universal Life Insurance policies are unsuitable for most people. Read on to find out why.

Elder Abuse and Fraud Prevention

12 tips to help prevent elder abuse and fraud.

Child Emancipation and Disability in Colorado

Colorado child emancipation and disability cases can be complicated ones. This article addresses the basic issues with respect to state law.

Indexed Universal Life Polices: Sales Illustrations Problems

Prospected high returns promoted by Indexed Universal Life policies (IULs) sales illustrations may not be that high in reality.

Seniors and Elders Remain Alert for Annuity & Insurance Scams

In the world of investment, seniors and elders are prime targets for financial scams. To protect yourself, read on to learn about the different...

Indexed Universal Life Sellers Promise Higher Gains Than Actually Expected

Sellers of Indexed Universal Life policies have been projecting higher gains than what buyers may actually receive.

Hiring a Caregiver

If you have been thinking of hiring a caregiver for yourself or someone you love, read the following tips before you make a decision.

Abuse Tactics Used On Elderly Women

Abuse comes in many forms - emotional, physical, verbal, sexual - and to anyone - young or elderly. Learn how to identify abuse and prevent it.

From an Assisted Living Facility to a Skilled Nursing Facility

Learn what are the causes and reasons an elder or senior citizen may be transferred from an assisted living facility to a skilled nursing...

Divorce Can Derail A California Family Business

How a marital dissolution action can affect an family business in California.

Factors Elderly and Senior Investors Should Know

Investment risk factors seniors, elders, and their friends and family should be aware of.

Financial Fraud Schemes Victimizing Elders and Senior Citizens

There are many fraud schemes used by sellers intent on defrauding seniors and elders of their hard-earned money. Learn what they are to protect...

Surrogate Mother from the Ukraine: Legal Grounds

It is not a secret that an average childbearing age in the developed countries has significantly increased. Many people in developed countries...

Equity-Indexed Annuities

Equity-Indexed annuities are a type of deferred annuity that bases its returns on a stock market index. However, insurance companies have the...

Whistleblower Failure-of-Care Claim Settled for $38 Million

Recently, a whistleblower failure-of-care claim was settled against a nursing home chain for $38 million. Even nursing home abuse can be stopped...

Things to Know before Purchasing Deferred Variable Annuities

Seniors and elders, are you aware that deferred variable annuities may not be beneficial? If not, read on to learn about the risks of buying...

If Your Spouse Files for Divorce While on Deployment

Even under the best of circumstances a marriage can be difficult and often times will not work out. Being a service member whose duty at times...

Seniors: What You Should Know About Annuities

Annuities sound like a good idea for elders and senior citizens. However, the opposite may be true. Annuities are not right for everyone and...

Barter and Bargain, Thrive and Survive

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has read / watched / talked about the economy this past weekend and gone, “Yikes!” Times are tough! This puts...

Agreeing to Valuation Dates in Minnesota

The holidays present a special challenge for families that are going through a divorce, a process which often brings with it disputes over...

Illegal Evictions of Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Nursing homes can't evict elders based on ending Medicare coverage, lack of long term beds, or refusal to readmit after a hospital stay.

Minnesota Budget Cuts Affect Family Courts

Article XI of the Minnesota Constitution prohibits the State from running a deficit. When tax revenues are significantly lower than expected,...

Uncomfortable Planning in Minnesota – Prenuptial Agreements

Minnesota statute § 519.11 authorizes the use of “antenuptial” agreements (prenuptial in every day language) in order to give parties the chance...


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