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What to Look for When Consulting a Divorce Attorney

Divorce Attorney Sherea-Ann Ferrer provides information on what specifically to focus on when trying to hire a family lawyer. Prospective customers frequently want to know what they should look for before opting to hire legal counsel. And oftentimes my initial highlight on the list surprises them. Apart from closely checking a divorce attorney's qualifications, my #1 element to focus on when visiting a divorce attorney falls in the realm of personality compatibility.

Budgeting for Future Life Expenses

If you expect to retire when you are in your mid-60s, you are going to have to save enough money to provide for your needs for perhaps 20 years or more. Most people will require a thoughtful and practical plan to be able to accumulate the resources that they need to comfortably enjoy their retirement years.

Minnesota Child Support: How Much do I have to Pay?

Adam J. Blahnik, a Minnesota child support lawyer and divorce and family law attorney, breaks down the basics of the Minnesota child support laws. If you are in a position where you will either have to pay child support or will be receiving child support, this article provides an overview of the child support laws in the state of Minnesota.

Property Division: What Can I Keep and What Must be Divided?

Adam J. Blahnik, a Minnesota divorce and family law lawyer, explains how Minnesota is considered a common law property State (or marital property State) as opposed to a community property State. He then details the difference between "marital property" and "non-marital property" in Minnesota.

Minnesota Parenting Time and the Battle for Forty-Five Percent

Minnesota divorce and family law lawyer, Adam J. Blahnik discusses the problems with the Minnesota child support laws regarding the inherent skepticism of parents who are legitimately wanting parenting time with their children at least 45% of the time. In the year 2007 the child support laws in the State of Minnesota were changed to form a nexus between the amount of time that a parent has with a child and the amount of child support that the parent must pay.

Ten Great Websites for Children Facing Difficulties with Adoption or Foster Care System

Adoption and foster care arrangements can be terrific alternative for children with troubled backgrounds. After all, children living in these types of arrangements may be blessed with a loving family. If you are looking for insights one these family situations, you've come to the right place.

Know Your Rights When it Comes to Adultery in Florida

It can be quite devastating to discover that your spouse may have ventured out of your relationship and had an affair. While this is a common reason for divorce it is not taken into consideration the way that people think it is during the divorce proceedings. The Florida courts try to avoid getting wrapped up in the battles between spouses and who is at fault for the divorce.

I've been Served with Divorce Papers; Now What?

Despite everyone’s best intentions, some marriages just don’t last. In these cases, most of the time, divorce is the most logical (and healthy) route to take for both parties. Whether you have been served with papers from your spouse, or are considering filing them yourself, your emotions may be running high. Setting a reasonable, logical tone in the beginning can help make the difference between an amicable divorce and a bitter one.

Assisted Living Costs Trending Upward

When you are anticipating the eventualities of aging long-term budget projections are necessary. To estimate your future expenses accurately you have to be fully aware of the facts, and with this in mind you would do well to know a few things about long-term care and the costs involved.

Durable Powers of Attorney and Incapacity Planning

If you are not apprised of current elder law statistics you may be somewhat surprised to hear about the facts regarding incapacity among those who reach an advanced age. According to the Alzheimer's Association, some 13% of senior citizens are afflicted by the disease. Alzheimer’s causes dementia, which can rob its victims of the ability to make sound personal, financial and medical decisions.

Choosing a Nursing Home for Your Loved One

At some point in your life you may have a loved one who requires the care and attention that only a nursing home can provide. The decision to place your loved one in a nursing home is never reached easily. Once you have reached the decision, it is important to choose the best nursing home possible for your loved one’s care.

How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?

Although we may dread the aging process, most of us hope to live long enough to enjoy our “golden years». If you still have many years to go before your own “golden years», there is a good chance that you have a loved one who is currently enjoying his or hers.

Rules from a Military Divorce Lawyer Regarding Child Custody

If you're a Virginia woman facing a military divorce, you probably have questions about child custody. Speaking with a Virginia child custody attorney can help put you develop a strategy. Military divorce is different from civilian divorce in many ways, but one thing they have in common is that custody issues usually take center stage.

Filing for Divorce in PA - Divorces Spike in January

It is well known within the family law world that more people file for divorce in January than any other month. This is true in Pennsylvania as well as across the country. This statistic can be attributed to a number of factors. Couples in Pennsylvania as well as nationwide often choose to wait to file for divorce until the holiday season has passed in an effort to avoid upsetting family traditions.

How to Divorce in Indonesia

“I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.” - Wedding Vow -

Coping Strategies after a Later-life Divorce

If you're a mature woman getting divorced in Virginia, you have a lot to consider. Later-life divorce is on the rise, and it brings with it its own set of challenges. Be prepared for what lies ahead so you can move on to your new life. Are you a woman over 50 getting divorced in Virginia?

How to Win Your PA Child Custody Case - 5 Tips

As a Pennsylvania family law attorney, I regularly counsel both mothers and fathers with regard to PA divorce and child custody actions. While each case is certainly unique with its own set of facts and circumstances, below I’ve outlined five general tips to increase your likely of success in your child custody case.

ABLE – “Achieve a Better Life Experience”– Federal Legislation - What You Need to Know About the Proposed Law

“ABLE,” has been proposed again in both houses of Congress. The purpose is to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds and to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses. At the urging of a number of national disability advocacy groups, federal legislation to "Achieve a Better Life Experience", more commonly known as "ABLE," has been proposed once again in both houses of Congress (HR 3423 and SB 1872) in November 2011.

Why Standard Divorce Forms May be More Costly than Hiring an Attorney

If you are thinking of downloading a standard divorce form instead of hiring an experienced divorce attorney you must read this article. Many times downloading standard divorce forms may result in higher expenses than simply hiring an attorney from the onset.

Moving Out of State and Child Custody - Minnesota Parenting Time Law

Custody and Parenting Time Issues Presented - If you are facing a child custody issue due to either the custodial or the non-custodial parent moving out of state, make sure that you're on the right side of your state's child custody law and operating within the confines of your child custody agreement.

Is Aging at Home a Good Long Term Care Option?

If your loved one is in need of long term care, you’re probably taking the time to compare different long term care facilities and options. Many seniors prefer to age at home so that they’re able to live a more comfortable life in a familiar environment. If you’re considering at home care for your loved one, you will need to carefully consider his or her needs.

Maxing Out Social Security Benefits

Once in a while you hear a statistic that is so jaw-dropping you question whether or not somebody made a mistake in passing it along. In the elder law community there is one of these that has been circulating for the past several months that is really attention-getting.

Super Committee Cuts Could Impact Seniors

Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock you are aware of the fact that the powers that be in Washington are consumed with the matter of the federal deficit. A while back a deal was struck to raise the debt ceiling so that the government could remain operable. This agreement included the appointment of a congressional committee that must come up with a plan to reduce the federal debt by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

2012 Social Security COLA Announced

When you're making plans for your retirement it is important to have a cogent and realistic understanding of the limitations of Social Security. You can't get into the head of every person who is unprepared for retirement, but it would be logical to assume that a high percentage of individuals have unreasonable expectations regarding how far Social Security will get them.

Incapacity Planning Documents

Atlanta elder law attorneys can help you get prepared for all the eventualities of aging, and it is truly best to have a comprehensive plan in place. When people get interested in estate planning they invariably recognize that they may well experience a period of incapacity before passing away, and this is something to recognize and address through the execution of the proper documents.

MetLife Study Indicates Elder Financial Abuse is on the Rise

Elder financial abuse is one of the major issues that is a hot topic in elder law circles at the present time. Though it is hard for reasonable people to understand how anyone could target vulnerable senior citizens, it is something that happens with alarming frequency. The MetLife Mature Market Institute does a lot of very valuable work that shines a spotlight on matters of interest to seniors.

Family Matters

Prior to the enactment of the 2003 Parentage Act, there was a problem for non-custodial parents in cases where the parties were never married in attempts to prevent the removal of a child from the State of Illinois, during or after there had been an establishment of a parent/child relationship.

Amendment to the Cook County Mandatory Disclosure Statement

That recently, the Circuit Court of Cook County Amended Rule 13.3.1 the Rule relates to mandatory disclosures. Previously, the Rule provided that a party seeking child support, maintenance, modifications of child support or maintenance, Section 513 hearing attorneys fees or any other matter involving the sharing, splitting or allocating of expenses must include a Disclosure Statement prior to the Hearing.

Accepting Credit Card Payments for Attorney Fees in Illinois

That approximately fifteen (15) years ago on a suggestion from Wendy Morgan, my partner at the time, Louis Capozzoli, and I decided to take payments from clients through credit cards.

What to Do if You Suspect Elder Abuse

As some point in your life, you are likely to have an elderly loved one who is unable to fully care for himself or herself. As people in the United States live longer, the population of people over the age of 65 continues to increase. Many people now live into their 80s and 90s with a great deal of independence. Even those who are relatively independent, however, eventually need some type of assistance in most cases.

Four Tips after Being Served Divorce Papers

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Four practical "to do's" to follow after being served divorce papers. It is important to put yourself on the right track after being served divorce papers. Things such as your response to the divorce petition, choosing your form of legal representation and securing your finances are some of the key points to focus on soon after being served.

Reasons for Child Support Modification in Georgia

Under certain circumstances child support may be subject to an increase or decrease, in which case an attorney may file a petition for a modification with the court. When it comes to paying and receiving child support, they are subject to change and are not necessarily permanent. Whenever either party has experienced a significant change in circumstances, it may warrant a child support modification.

How Divorce Mediation Works for You

Study any details you can obtain on divorce mediation, the better you are knowledgeable about the procedure the more successful you will be. At your initial procedure you will determine ground principle to be more successful. At your initial procedure you will determine ground principle to be more effective. Given the dynamics of the scenario emotions will sparkle and conversation will get heated.

Defining and Revealing the Grounds for Annulment

Annulments in Virginia make a marriage null and void. To get a Virginia annulment, though, there must be fraud or defects in the marriage. To discuss your situation, call a Virginia Beach divorce lawyer. In Virginia, annulments are permissible, but only under strict circumstances. For most couples, getting an annulment in Virginia isn’t a viable option, but if you think your situation calls for one, you’ll need to consult with an experienced Virginia Beach divorce lawyer.

Veterans Benefit Can Defray Long-Term Care Costs

There are some statistics that you run across that are kind of hard to believe if you have not already done some research into the subject in question.

Child Custody Disputes Involving Gay and Lesbian Parents

Gay and lesbian parents have suffered decades of court discrimination in child custody cases. The state of California and other states have recently adopted a nondiscriminatory approach to granting child custody rights to gay and lesbian parents, but subtle forms of prejudice still exist.

Divorce and Divorce Law in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh at a present days the Divorce has become an issue dealing with all legal attempts at all its three stage; before Divorce Notice, at the statutory period of 90 days and after expiry of statutory period.

Explaining the Types of Child Custody

With several different types of child custody, a family going through the divorce process can easily become frustrated and confused. Fortunately, a divorce attorney can provide families with the relief and legal advocacy they need to make the right decision.

Who Can Claim Dependency Exemption After a Divorce?

The IRS has regulated that a taxpayer can only claim a dependency exemption for a qualifying relative or child. If you are trying to claim dependency exemption for a child, you need to understand Regulation 1.152-4(c) of the IRS bulletin and how it applies to you.

Protect Yourself From a Protective Order

Understanding the Importance of Defending Yourself against a Protective Orders

How to Manage PA Child Custody and Parenting Time During the Holidays

Practical tips and considerations for handling child custody and visitation issues throughout the holiday season.

Difficult Issues Elders Face

As you reach the latter stages of your working years it is likely that you are simultaneously tying up any loose ends that remain as you prepare to ease into retirement.

The Division of Marriage and Property in Florida

It is important to know and understand how the division of property works in your marriage. There are properties that will be considered marital property and properties that will be considered non-marital property.

Uncovering Hidden Assets in a Divorce

Divorcing can be exceptionally tricky. Not only are you taking a life that was formally combined with someone else and separating it to a single’s life, but more often than not asset division is not agreed upon by both parties involved. Your Florida divorce attorney will be able to advise you and all matters regarding the division of assets.

A Judge’s Eye View on In-Home Separation and Divorce

Judges don’t favor in-home separations in Virginia, but there are exceptions. If you’re getting a divorce in Virginia, speak to an attorney to discuss your separation options.

Cuts by “Super Committee” Could Impact Elder Americans

Most people are well aware of the fact that the subject that is consuming the lawmakers in Washington is the federal debt.

Child Custody under the Ethiopian Legal System

A brief note on the provisions of Ethiopian Legal System governing child custody.

Alimony / Spousal Support under the Ethiopian Legal System

A brief note on alimony / spousal support under the Ethiopian Legal System.

Be Careful of Defacto Divorces without Legalizing the Divorce in Court

A brief note on Defacto Divorces and their implications according to Ethiopian law.

Settlement of Disputes Arising Out Marriage and Irregular Union

Do you want to know how Disputes Arising out Marriage and Irregular Union can be settled as per Ethiopian law? Below you will find a brief note on the topic.

Limitations on Marriage in Thailand

The Civil and Commercial Code (CCC) of Thailand is the main source of legislation which provides who may and who may not get married under Thai laws.

Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole Unconstitutional for Juvenile Non Homicide Offender

In 2010, citing the Eight Amendment’s bar against cruel and unusual punishment, the United States Supreme Court determined that the immature and potentially malleable nature of juveniles precludes a judgment that a non homicide juvenile offender will never to be fit to reenter society (Graham v. Florida (2010) __ U.S. __, 130 S.Ct. 2011).

Divorce in Australia

An application for divorce in Australia must satisfy the only requirement established by the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) - that there has been an ‘irretrievable breakdown’ in the marriage. Importantly, the court will not consider whose fault it was that the relationship broke down.

When to Consult a Family Law Attorney in California

Consulting a family law attorney prior to getting married or having children may prevent many difficulties later, when you decide to get divorced.

Divorce Law in Trinidad and Tobago

With over 2000 Divorces granted in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, this article presents an introduction to the divorce process as it relates to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Who Determines Child Support and Child Custody?

If you are considering filing for a divorce, you will need to think about child support and child custody. Even though both parents want what is best for their children, it is not always easy to see eye-to-eye.

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce: What’s the Difference?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued data reporting that in the past decade the divorce rate in Florida has hovered between 40-50%.

Same Sex Marriages vs. Civil Unions

What are the differences between civil unions and same sex marriages? What should you know about issues like prenuptial agreements and divorce?

Cyprus Divorces

According to the latest demographic report of the Statistical Service of Cyprus for the year 2009, the number of divorces is increasing. Particularly, in 2009 the number of divorces increased to 1738, compared to 1639 for 2008.

Underage DUI Is Not Similar to a Juvenile Offense for Sentencing in a Later Drug Case

Baldemar Landa was sentenced in U.S. District Court to a minimum term of five years in state prison for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. He pled guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to sell, as well as two other related charges.

Determinants of Child Support in Thai Divorce

Divorce in Thailand is coupled with many other concerns. These concerns do not only involve the divorcing partners themselves, but their children as well. One issue in divorce which involves children is child support.

The Establishment and Termination of Guardianship in Thailand

Parental authority is automatically vested in the natural parents of a minor. There are, however, instances when parental authority is delegated to other persons.

Poll Indicates Many Baby Boomers Will Never Retire

These are interesting times in the elder law community because of the fact that the population is aging so rapidly.

Thai Laws on Paternity

The relationship that is established by law between a father and his child is called paternity. Paternity in Thailand is presumed in a valid marriage. Therefore, a child born out of a valid Thailand marriage is considered the legitimate child of the husband.

Your Alimony Rights: The Florida Basics

The divorce process can contribute to substantial stress, especially about money and the future. We get it; you are not in this by yourself. This article, Your Alimony Rights: The Florida Basics, may help you attain piece of mind and get a more restful sleep. Consultation with a qualified family law attorney is recommended for specific legal advise about your particular situation.

Foreigners Adopting in Thailand

Foreigners who want to adopt a child in Thailand must understand that adoption is processed through the Child Adoption Center of the Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW). The DSDW is the sole government agency that is tasked to facilitate the adoption process in Thailand.

Understanding the Various Grounds for Thai Divorce

Couples who cannot resolve their marital problems can decide to end their marriage by getting a divorce. But not all marital issues can be used as grounds for a divorce. Section 1516 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code provides the legally acceptable grounds for divorce in Thailand.

What are the Different Types of Guardianship?

A Guardian / Conservator is appointed by the Court when someone is unable to make their own decisions and/or ensure their own care.

Introduction to South Carolina Criminal Domestic Violence

South Carolina Criminal Domestic Violence, or CDV law, is a serious criminal offense. Men and women from all backgrounds can find themselves the subject of a criminal arrest and prosecution for either a misdemeanor or felony level domestic violence charge. This article provides a brief introduction to the CDV law including the legal standard and possible penalties.

Divorce and Creditor Harassment

When two people get a divorce, they will have to determine which spouses will be responsible for which debts. If your spouse fails to meet their obligations, creditors may harass you for payments.

Visitation in New York

Visitation rights refer to a non-custodial parent’s right to visit with their child. In each divorce where children are involved, child custody and visitation must be addressed and outlined in the divorce decree.

Understanding a Grandparent’s Rights

A grandparent’s rights to child custody and visitation have been a late evolving aspect of family law. There will be times when a grandparent will be awarded custody and visitation of their grandchildren.

Legal Custody in Texas

When a parent has legal custody they have the right to make important decisions on behalf of the child. Parents can be awarded joint legal or sole legal custody.

Annulment in California

Annulment is distinct from divorce in that it claims that the marriage never legally existed, or that it was based on fraud. To get an annulment, one must do so before the statute of limitations expires.

Mothers’ Rights in Florida

A mother has certain legal rights pertaining to her children. When a mother needs legal assistance with child custody, support, visitation or paternity, a family law attorney can advise her in the matter.

The Benefits of Legal Separation

Legal separation is very similar to a divorce except for the fact that the marriage is not terminated. For some couples, it may be more beneficial to become legally separated as opposed to getting a divorce.

Divorce: Why Hire an Attorney?

Divorce is not a simple process; it involves asset and property division, child custody (if there are any children), visitation, child support and alimony (if any). When a divorcing spouse neglects to hire their own representation, they run the risk of forfeiting their rights earned through marriage.

Domestic Violence Charges: Felony or Misdemeanor

Domestic violence is taken very seriously in the state of Florida. Depending on the facts surrounding the case, the severity of the injuries and any prior history of domestic violence, it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense.

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Mediation allows divorcing couples to come to terms on the details of their divorce without having to go to court. The non-adversarial process works towards amicable solutions so the parties can go their separate ways without conflict.

Fathers’ Have Rights Too!

Mothers and fathers play a pivotal role in the raising of a child. When a father’s rights are being questioned, or denied, then he should pursue legal recourse to have those rights vehemently protected.

Protect Your Rights Against Restraining Orders

Restraining orders are an important instrument in serious domestic violence situations; however, they can be taken out against someone based on false allegations. If a restraining order was taken out against you, it’s important that you act quickly to dispute the allegations.

Resolving Child Custody Matters

Child custody and visitation can be one of the most contentious aspects of any divorce involving children. Since the integrity of your relationship with your children is at stake, it is essential that you seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney in your child custody matter.

Domestic Violence and Actual Injuries

Domestic conflicts can easily take a turn for the worse and get out of hand. When somebody gets hurt and the alleged attacker was a spouse, or partner, then they can face serious domestic violence charges.

Asset Division in Divorce

When a couple decides to dissolve their marriage, they will have to make important decisions regarding asset division. In cases where the couple cannot agree on how to divide their assets, then the courts will step in and decide for them.

The Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce takes a non-adversarial approach to the divorce process. If properly executed, collaborative divorce can save a significant amount of time, heartache and expense in the long run.

Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

America’s elderly population is expected to explode in the next twenty years as baby boomers reach their sixties and seventies. Unfortunately, the elderly are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation by their family members and caregivers, and should be protected when they are taken advantage of.

Same Sex Marriages and Divorce

Couples in same sex marriages who are seeking a divorce will have to address the same issues as in heterosexual marriages. With the changing laws it’s especially important to have a qualified divorce attorney guide you through the legal process.

Relocations and Child Custody Arrangements

Over time, circumstances change for a number of reasons. If a primary residential parent wishes to relocate with their child, they must notify the court and the non-moving parent before moving. The move may go ahead as planned or, the non-moving parent may contest such a move which will have to be addressed in family court.

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?

Grandparents can play a very important role in their grandchild’s life. There are times when a grandparent might be denied visitation with their grandchildren by one or both parents, when this happens they can petition the courts for visitation rights.

Are You Headed Towards a Contested Divorce?

How a divorce plays out has a significant impact on American families. When couples cannot agree on the terms of their divorce it is labeled a “contested divorce.”

Do You Need To Take Out a Restraining Order?

Every year countless individuals are victims of domestic violence. Getting a restraining order against your abuser may be the most effective step you can take to put an end to the senseless violence.

Child Abuse Relating to Family Law Disputes

Child abuse affects every aspect of our society. Charges or allegations of child abuse can play a significant role in the outcome of divorce proceedings and child custody disputes.

Protecting Fathers’ Rights in Long Island

Historically, the mother gained custody of the children in Long Island divorces. Even though courts are coming around and giving the father more consideration than before – their rights can still be overlooked in matters relating to child custody, visitation and support.

Domestic Violence Can Be Wrongfully Accused

Domestic violence is a serious nationwide concern affecting every race and socioeconomic class. Unfortunately, it also happens to be one charge that is frequently abused – targeting innocent people who are frequently involved in a bitter breakup or child custody dispute.

Minneapolis Child Custody Information

Issues of child custody and visitation are often the most emotional ones encountered during a divorce proceeding. Both parents are interested in the well-being of their children, but their beliefs and methods of upbringing may differ greatly.

Pursing a Divorce in Texas

When pursing a divorce or legal separation, even if you are using a family law attorney, it's important to understand the state Family Code. There are many limitations, eligibility requirements, and varying waiting periods that you must consider as divorce is not an instant process. While it should not be construed as legal advice, the following guide can help you better understand the Texas divorce process.

Tips for Divorce in Nevada

Divorce is a difficult matter for most people. Understanding your legal rights and is important when thinking about a divorce. This article offers a brief overview of the divorce process in Nevada.

What Is a Guardian Ad Litem?

This term may be foreign to anyone facing a difficult custody battle, but it is important to know the role a guardian plays in our Court system.

Choosing the Right Caregiver for Long Term Care

If you have a senior loved one who is in need of long term care, it’s important to choose a reliable and trustworthy caregiver.

Child Custody for Fathers

Very few fathers obtain physical custody of their children. Some suggest that the family law courts are biased against men; others point out that fathers are rarely the primary caregiver for their children, and so don’t get custody. Either way, as a father, you need to understand the types of child custody.


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