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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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