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


Elder Abuse Hurts Families

The cycle of violence is hard to break. Problems can occur when a child that was abused becomes the caregiver for the parent that did the...

International Marriages: What Foreign Parents Should Know

International marriages have become very often in modern society. The informational era of development presupposes the process of fast...

Six California Residents Arrested For Financial Elder Abuse Scams

Six California residents have been arrested for scams that targeted senior citizens. The suspects were arrested in southern California.

The Link Between Alcohol and Domestic Violence Crimes

Someone who drinks excessively and then commits a domestic violent crime probably isn’t thinking about the legal consequences of their actions.

Disagreement About Handling of California Caregiver Abuse Cases

Long -term care advocates and officials disagreed at a recent Assembly hearing.

Is Prosecution Always the Best Way to Stop Domestic Violence?

Everyone knows that domestic violence is a significant problem in our country, mainly for women. Things have slowly been getting better in...

5 of the Most Dangerous Roads in the U.S.

As with California State Route 138, the major problem with U.S. 431 in Alabama is that it consisted mostly of two narrow lanes until 2010 and...

About to Divorce in Texas? What you Need to Know about Collaborative Law

It is common knowledge that divorces can be adversarial, and can include hotly contested and expensive court hearings. Most people also know...

Los Angeles Assisted Living Facility Held Responsible for Injuries of Resident

A Los Angeles County assisted living facility has been ordered by a judge to pay a woman who was injured by a fall.

Divorce in Greece for EU Couples

Greece becomes the 16th EU member state adopting regulation 1259/2010 (Rome III) in regards to divorce proceedings.

Can Accusers Drop Domestic Violence Charges after an Arrest in Utah?

In the heat of a domestic argument or in an effort to gain advantage in divorce, one party may call the police to falsely accuse another of...

Scammers Offering Free Initial Services Target Seniors for Financial Elder Abuse

In California, senior citizens have been a target for con-artists and scammers. A recent scam has affected seniors in the state and officials...

Understanding Your Options When a Former Spouse is Delinquent on Child Support or Alimony Payments

In many alimony and child support cases, the spouse required to pay support is either neglectful or purposefully opposed to paying.

Why American Women Should Be Interested in the FAMILY Act

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In 2004, a Harvard University study found that of 168 countries surveyed, 163 had some form of government mandated maternity leave pay. The...

What Are the Possible Legal Issues Related to Sperm Donors?

  By HG.org
More and more Americans are turning to in vitro fertilization as a means of conceiving. Sometimes the sperm donor for these procedures is known,...

Is Polygamy Illegal in the United States

  By HG.org
Over the last few years there have been a number of television shows regarding the polygamist lifestyle. This has led some to wonder whether...

Can I Be Held Liable for My Spouse's Debts?

  By HG.org
Often, when considering marriage couples are thinking only about love and romance, not the more practical concerns like how one spouse's debts...

What Laws Affect Mail Order Brides?

  By HG.org
As the Internet makes the world a smaller and smaller place, unusual new ways of meeting people have become increasingly popular. While personal...

How to Take Your Child Abroad Without Consent of the Other Parent

Marriage between a man and a woman from different countries is no longer a novelty. Such unions are sometimes even very successful if families...

What Happens to a California Child Support Order When the Baby Mama Marries the Father?

The shorthand answer to that question is that the prior court order for child support is automatically extinguished. That is what the 4th...

My Loved One's Estate Was Looted By Someone Who Was Supposed To Be Caring For Them – What Can I Do?

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Recently, I was approached by someone asking me about a situation that occurs all too often. Her grandmother's estate had been bled dry by...

Common Law Marriage and Legal Protection in Texas

Persons who are married have certain legal rights and protections that they don't even think about. However, there are other couples who have...

When Can Kids Fly Alone?

  By HG.org
It is not uncommon, particularly around the holidays, for children to visit family members in other states. Sometimes this means taking a...

What Do You Do When Your Ex Kidnaps Your Kids?

  By HG.org
It is a nightmare scenario that occurs all too often: after a breakup or divorce, your ex picks up your kids when they are not supposed to or...

California Passes Bill to Help LGBT Senior Citizens

California recently passed legislation that will help LGBT elders to receive respectful care in their twilight years.

International Abduction - Family Law - UAE

Post divorce, if the custodian of the child is other than the child’s mother, he or she must obtain the written agreement from the guardian...

Family Dispute Resolution – Mediation, Collaborative Law and Arbitration - UAE

In relation to Family law, the only use of mediation is through the Family Guidance Committee, the commencement of most family cases must be...

Surrogacy and the Law

  By HG.org
There are thousands of people who would love the opportunity to have a child of their own but, for whatever reason, are not able to do so. Many...

Reciprocal Enforcement of Financial Orders - Family Law - UAE

Under s.235 of the Civil Code, foreign orders may be enforced in the UAE by applying the laws of the foreign country within the local courts.

Children - Family Law - UAE

Parents do not share equal parental responsibility for the child. Following a divorce, the mother will become the ‘custodian’ of young children,...

Attorney Allegedly Commits Financial Elder Abuse, Steals $3.5 Million From Elderly Doctor

A San Francisco attorney allegedly committed financial elder abuse when he defrauded an elderly doctor. The defendant in the case has been...

Uncontested Divorce in Georgia

Divorce in Georgia is often though of by the public and by attorneys as being either “contested” or “uncontested”. The distinction being whether...

Identifying and Preventing Elder Abuse

Senior citizens across the nation are being taken advantage of. Physical elder abuse and financial elder abuse have become commonplace.

How Does a Minor Get Emancipated from His or Her Parents?

  By HG.org
It is an unfortunate reality of our modern age that there are times when a minor would be better off being able to conduct their own affairs...

How Do You Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect?

  By HG.org
Child abuse and neglect are ugly realities. Turning a blind eye to the act can doom a child to serious injury, emotional trauma, or even death....

Who is Responsible When a Child Breaks the Law?

  By HG.org
All too often stories appear on the news of children in trouble with the law. Some bring guns or knives to school, others are shoplifting or...

Finance / Capital, Property - UAE

Under UAE laws, it is never possible for a husband to make income claims from a wife, even if he holds custody of the children.

Can I Get Alimony After My Divorce is Final?

  By HG.org
Sometimes, after a divorce has been finalized and a court has issued its final judgment or decree declaring the marriage severed, one of the...

What is the Difference Between Adoption and Guardianship?

  By HG.org
When accepting responsibility for the welfare of a child, there are many difficult questions to consider. But one that often confuses people is...

Marriage Loses Its Draw for the Working Class: Study

A recent study of marriage among those with and without a college education revealed that marriage is often postponed for those in the working...

A Divorce Lawyer's Practical Tips on Minimizing the Effects of Divorce on Kids!

It is undisputed that divorce has long-term effects on children, such as depression, trust issues, social difficulties and anxiety. When divorce...

Jurisdiction and Conflict of Law in the UAE

Dubai is one ‘Emirate’ within the ‘United Arab Emirates’. Seven Emirates make up the UAE being: Dubai; Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Fujeira, Ras Al...

Jurisdiction - Family Law in the UAE

Domicile is defined as a place where an individual resides and see’s their long term home to be. Residence can be more temporary than domicile....

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?

  By HG.org
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

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

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...

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...

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...


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