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Validity of Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements - UAE

Muslim couples (Emirati and expatriate) enter into a marriage contract (Nikah’) if they conduct an Islamic marriage in a Muslim jurisdiction or...

Who Determines How Much Visitation a Parent Gets?

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Many people are confused by the process of determining child custody and visitation. It can be a stressful time, so confusion is only natural....

Who Is More Likely to Get Custody: a Mother or a Father?

  By HG.org
The question of which parent is more likely to get custody is an ever evolving one. Once, there was a policy of ensuring that the mother always...

Anti-Bullying Laws in America

  By HG.org
Millions of Americans experienced bullying at some point as a child. I personally experienced bullying between 5th and 8th grade when I went...

Domestic Battery Laws in Nevada

Learn about Nevada's domestic battery laws and the penalties imposed by the state for conviction of these offenses.

A Better Method: Collaborative Divorce

What is collaborative divorce and how does it work? It is an alternative dispute resolution process which resolves divorce issues outside the...

Creating a Prenuptial Agreement

  By HG.org
Getting married can be exciting, but it can also lead to a loss of good sense. It is easy to become wrapped up in the excitement of love and a...

Ten Steps to Adopt a Child from Uganda

It is a practice that families receive referrals after they have completed their home study. The reason for this is that home study completion...

Why You Should not Send Care Packages in International Adoption - Uganda

To send a care package or not? That is a question that many adoptive parents ask themselves as soon as they are matched with a child overseas.

Zimmerman Court Woes Continue: Amid Divorce, George Cannot Be Found for Service

  By HG.org
In any civil action, including divorces, both parties must have notice of the case. This is accomplished through service of process. While this...

African American Women Disproportionately At Risk For Death by Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence can happen anywhere and is not bound by race, religion, or socio-economic status. But, recent studies show that African...

The Pros and Cons of an Uncontested Divorce

  By HG.org
Ending a marriage is never a simple process. However, it can be simpler in some situations when the spouses are able to remain civil and agree...

Case of Baby Veronica Is a Primer on Not Just Adoption Law, but Native American Affairs

  By HG.org
So-Called Baby Veronica is now four years old, and has already been the subject of a case that has traveled all the way to the US Supreme Court...

George Zimmerman: Domestic Violence Raises Questions About Use of Violence and Florida Stand Your Ground Law

  By HG.org
On September 9, 2013, George Zimmerman, infamous after his slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and subsequent acquittal, made headlines again...

New Jersey Child Visitation Laws

  By HG.org
Children are often the most difficult factor to sort out when a relationship ends. There is very little stronger than a parent's love for their...

Detecting Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

  By HG.org
It may seem unthinkable that anyone would want to injure a defenseless elderly person, but it happens everyday. Nursing home abuse takes many...

How to Get an Annulment

  By HG.org
For those who have only been married for a short time, the question of whether an annulment is available versus a divorce is a common question....

My Ex Is Moving Away With The Children, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
You are divorced, or were never married, but have children with your ex. You share custody or, at the very least have visitation rights. But now...

Tips for New Jersey Prenuptial Agreements

  By HG.org
Listen, getting married can be a very exciting time filled with love and excited anticipation of a future with your loved one. But, it does not...

Restraining Orders for Domestic Abuse

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Someone who has been victimized by domestic violence can seek protection through the issuance of a restraining order. This order instructs the...

How to Establish Paternity in Child Support and Custody Disputes

  By HG.org
When a married couple has a child, most jurisdictions presume that the husband is the father of the child (even if he is not). When an unmarried...

What is the Difference Between Separation and Divorce?

  By HG.org
Often we use terms like separation and divorce almost interchangeably, but in many jurisdictions these terms can have very different legal...

Legal Consequences of Child Abuse

  By HG.org
Child abuse is never acceptable. Of course, what constitutes child support and what is discipline may sometimes be a gray zone. While the...

Domestic Violence: California Penal Code 273.5

California domestic violence law has changed a lot over the years. The author explains how things have changed as well as the influences that...

Understanding New Jersey Adoption Process

  By HG.org
Are you a New Jersey resident considering adoption? Or are you involved in a dispute trying to prevent someone else from adopting your child? In...

Do Grandparents and Other Family Members Have Visitation Rights

  By HG.org
The concept of grandparent visitation rights is a fairly new one. Historically, only parents could ask for visitation rights, but now states...

What Can You Do When Someone Commits Perjury?

  By HG.org
Anyone who has ever had to rely on the testimony of others, whether in a criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding, has probably felt the...

Factors Affecting Child Custody and Visitation

  By HG.org
When determining which parent should have primary custody, whether custody should be shared, and how much visitation each parent should have,...

Factors Affecting Alimony in New Jersey

  By HG.org
In New Jersey a spouse may obtain alimony from their former spouse. Alimony is designed to keep a spouse in a living condition comparable to...

Dealing with Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality, and many are surprised to find just how prevalent it is.

What To Do When You've Decided It's Time To Get A Divorce?

  By HG.org
The decision to end a marriage can be a very complicated one. Emotionally it may be painful, a relief, or a complicated mixture of both...

Colorado Civil Union

Colorado now has civil unions, and for virtually every purpose under state law, a couple in a civil union has the rights and benefits of a...

New York Same-Sex Marriage

Information about same sex marriage in New York and the ways in which a family law attorney can assist same sex couples with their legal issues.

Adoption in California

Many types of adoption may be completed in the state of California, including private adoptions, agency adoptions, stepparent or foster parent...

Gumshoes Still Dig Out the Dirt During Divorces

People hire private detectives for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is to uncover hidden assets. Private investigators don't...

Visitation Rights of Grandparents in North Carolina

Knowing your rights as grandparents can be very helpful. Often times during a custody dispute over a child, grandparents are left clueless and...

Parental Alienation: Does it Really Exist?

Parental alienation is an increasingly used tool in the war between divorced or divorcing parents. Depending on the expert, parental alienation...

If You Are a Foreigner and Marry a Chinese Citizen Then Things Do Not Go Well, How to Divorce Him/Her?

In recent years there are so many foreigners marry with Chinese citizens. For the reasons of culture shock, living habit, or personality clash,...

Subsistence Needs of a Child of Legal Age - Germany

If a child of legal age lives in its grandmother’s house at no charge, this does not lead to a reduction in subsistence needs, according to the...

The Equitable Distribution of a Gain in Assets in Divorce Proceedings - Germany

If the spouses have not signed a prenuptial agreement, they are considered to be living in a matrimonial property regime of joint ownership of...

What Happens to a Married Couple's House During Divorce?

Interest rates are at historic lows and divorcing couples and people in general are buying and selling homes in increasing numbers. This...

Charged with Domestic Violence?

When most people think of domestic violence, they think of some sort of physical confrontation between husband and wife or romantic partners....

8 Ways to Prepare for Divorce Financially

There are too many people that are not ready financially when their spouse decides to file for divorce. If you suspect that a divorce is in your...

Seperation - Very often couples suffer a great deal, in the course of a marriage.

These become painful and hard experiences. In many cases women experience bad treatment at the hands of their husbands for a long time and...

Michigan's MIP Law Offers Deferred Prosecution

The Michigan MIP law allows Courts to dismiss the case if the minor successfully completes a probationary period. Deferred prosecution protects...

Modification of Child Support in Texas

My husband got a job and makes more money. I make a lot less money now than when my divorce was final. My children live with a different parent...

Factors Determining Child Custody under Georgia Law

Going through a divorce is difficult on everyone, but a divorce can be particularly hard when you and your partner need to determine who gets...

The Cheapest Way to Divorce

The typical divorce process is very expensive and can cost upwards of $15,000. Using the method of divorce mediation instead, couples can save...

U.S. Census Shows Fewer Divorces in Northeast

The results from the 2011 American Community Survey, published by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012 showed that the state with the lowest...

Equitable Distribution in New York State: How Property is Divided in Divorce

When a couple divorces in New York State, how the parties’ property will be divided must be agreed upon between the spouses or determined by the...

Divorce, Privacy and Confidentiality

Privacy and confidentiality are both huge concerns during the divorce process, so it's important to be proactive to protect your interests by...

How Family Law Attorneys Use Social Media for Evidence

Social media users beware. What you post online can be used against you.

Custodial Rights of Children in the UAE

When child custody disputes arise between parents non-UAE nationals resident in the UAE, whether married to a UAE or non-UAE citizen, may file...

What Belongs to Joint Property of Spouses? - China

Basically, properties gotten after marriage by husand and wife belong to joint property. Laws and regulations have specific articles on this...

BGH: Exclusion of Equalisation of Accrued Gains and Severability Clause in a Prenuptial Agreement - Germany

The prenuptial exclusion of the equalization of accrued gains does not necessarily have to impact the validity of a prenuptial agreement.

What Comes First: Bankruptcy or Divorce?

It’s a reality that bankruptcy and divorce often coincide, but the question is, which should come first, bankruptcy or divorce? The answer to...

Fathers Rights in California and What Every Dad Should Know

Fathers concerned about their California custody rights get a lot of bad information. This article will take the confusion and myth out of this...

Gay Adoption in Georgia

After banning Gay Marriage with a constitutional amendment in 2004, Georgia joined 15 other states in drafting bills to outlaw Gay Adoption in...

A Prenuptial Agreement Can Potentially Prevent Disputes in the Event of a Divorce - Germany

A divorce is not only associated with private arguments, indeed it can also lead to legal disputes. A prenuptial agreement can potentially offer...

10 Questions to Ask your Divorce Lawyer in Georgia: Part 2

A divorce is a delicate matter that should be handled by both experienced and helpful divorce lawyer. Ask the right questions to find the...

10 Questions to Ask your Divorce Lawyer in Georgia - Part 1

It important to have a list of questions to ask when you're deciding which divorce lawyer is right for you. Ask about their previous experience,...

Q&A to Signing a Prenuptial Agreement in Georgia

Signing a prenuptial agreement in Georgia is a major decision. Always make an informed decision whether or not you decide to sign an agreement.

Prenups Aren't Only for the Wealthy

The number one misconception about prenuptial agreements is that they are only for the wealthy. In truth, anyone who has anything before tying...

Explaining the Differences between Family & Supreme Court in NY State

For couples seeking a divorce or families dealing with a family law issue, the difference between Family Court and Supreme Court in New York...

How is Child Custody Determined in Arizona?

Arguably one of the largest concerns for families with children who are considering divorce is how child custody is determined in Arizona and...

Joint and Sole Legal and Physical Child Custody Explained

If you and your child's other parent are separated or divorced, determining child custody is probably one of your primary concerns. Child...

Grounds for Divorce- Insupportability of the Marriage

Many people wonder what can be the basis or grounds for a divorce in Texas. The Texas Divorce Lawyer is providing a series of articles on the 7...

Modifying a Child Custody Agreement

If the custody arrangement that once fit your lifestyle no longer works, you can speak with a family lawyer about a modification. Keep reading...

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and Violence Against Men

Last week, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act was reintroduced by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a...

What To Do If Your Ex Owes You Child Support?

Whether the parents of a child maintain a relationship or not, they are legally required to provide for their child. Child support is the...

What Does Child Support Pay For in Florida?

Although child support typically covers a child’s basic expenses, how the funds are going to be spent is decided upon by the custodial parent....

What Protective Orders Can and Cannot Do in Maryland

Protective orders might help you feel a little more safe and secure, but ultimately any protective order is a legal document. If you are in...

Vacation Homes Can Spell Trouble in High-Asset Divorces

Vacation homes often spell trouble in divorces because they are generally high-value properties. Failure to come to an out-of-court agreement on...

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Custodial Rights to Children in California?

Domestic violence is being referred to as an epidemic in the United States, and more than three million children witness acts of domestic abuse...

Child Custody Exchange Safety

Child visitation and child custody exchanges are a vital part of maintaining and building relationships between a child and each of their...

Divorce between Bulgarian National and Citizen of EU Member State

This article is intended to analyze the conditions for enforcing of divorce between Bulgarian national and citizen of EU member state before the...

Explaining the Difference in Alimony & Child Support

Alimony, or "spousal support" is often confused with child support. Although both forms of payment are the result of a divorce, the two concepts...

Equitable Distribution – Your Business and Divorce

Any small business owner who is getting divorced will be both surprised and shocked to find out that up to half of your business will be awarded...

Can A Parent Coordinator Alleviate Conflict After The Divorce?

A divorce is never easy, but there are ways that the distress of going through a divorce and the accompanying child custody hearings can be...

For the First Time the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Works to Provide Eldercare Statistics

In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics procured information about eldercare providers in the United States, and produced the results in...

Breach of Intervention Order or Family Violence Order in Victoria

Breaching an intervention order? If you live in the state of Victoria (Australia), breaching a condition of an intervention order could land you...

Bequeather’s Tax Obligations On The Year Of Death In Their Quality As Deductible Bequest Liabilities

In its Judgment of the 04.07.2012, the German Federal Finance Court (BFH) determined that the final income taxes to be paid by the legatee, in...

Childrens Rights

The essential principle that passes like a golden thread in law, in judgments and in every occasion of child custody disputation, is the...

Basics of Medicare

Medicare, health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans, is a large system that can seem confusing. Here are some basics to help you...

The Rabbinical Court – Different From What You Think

Many people are of the opinion that the Rabbinical Court is a dull and drab institution where the people there are caught up in antiquated...

Divorce in Isarel

While in most western countries the authority to judge matters relating to separation and Divorce is in the hands of the Family Court, in Israel...

Germany - Foreign Inheritance Laws

Upon the question, which inheritance law is to be applied, both the German and the international inheritance laws rely on the nationality of the...

What Are the Different Child Custody Options

If you are getting divorced and thinking of child custody related matters, you would need to hire a lawyer and learn more about the different...

Protecting Your Interests in a Divorce

A divorce can be relatively uncomplicated in an uncontested divorce, or it can drag out in a messy contested divorce, and some complex cases...

Americans Require a Will While Living Abroad. Case of Thailand

Advancement of modern technology allow people to migrate effortlessly across borders in increasing numbers in this century. People live and work...

At The End Of The Year, Bequest Promises Eexpire By Means Of Constraints Over The Inheritance Reform

Inheritance claims may end at the close of the year, as a result of legislation alternation in obedience with the inheritance reform. The...

Election 2012: Maryland Votes to Uphold Same-Sex Marriage

Maryland’s vote for Question 6 confirms that public opinion in the state is currently trending toward expanding – rather than constricting – the...

License Plate Decals May Limit Teen Driver Car Accidents

A study of Kyleigh's Law’s effectiveness at curbing teen driver crashes by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently revealed...

Nursing Home Costs on Upward Spiral

Elder law attorneys will educate their clients about the eventualities of aging. Along these lines you would do well to recognize the fact that...

Be Aware of Possible Nursing Home Expenses

When you are planning for retirement you are invariably going to be looking forward to good times ahead.

Child Maintenance & Rights of Access

Child/spousal maintenance and contact is one of the main issues in any divorce or separation. This article discusses some of the difficulties...

Succession Cases With Foreign Elements In Germany

Intestacy cases can often be governed by the German as well as the foreign succession laws, which can complicate the implementation of the...

At The End Of The Year, Bequest Promises Can Expire By Constraints Over The Inheritance Reform - Germany

Inheritance claims may end at the close of the year, as a result of legislation alternation in obedience with the inheritance reform. The...

Divorce: Know Thy Beneficiary

If you’re thinking about getting a divorce, are in the process of getting a divorce, or are already divorced, then you should keep reading. A...

Family Law in the UAE: Special Conditions in the Marriage Contract

Marriage contracts usually take a standard format, however special conditions may be added into marriage contracts. Such special conditions can...


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