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What Role Does Mediation Play in Divorce?

  May 4, 2011     By Hofheimer/Ferrebee, P.C.
Considering a Virginia divorce? Divorce mediation might save you time and money and help you negotiate more successfully.

The Divorce Checklist

  May 4, 2011     By Fogel Family Law, PA
Your situation is not as unique as you might think. Many married couples face the same dilemmas in their relationship which is why it is easier than you might think to fix.

Custodial Accounts and Gifts to Minors?

  April 29, 2011     By Armstrong, Fisch & Tutoli, Attorneys at Law
Traditionally, custodial accounts under the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) or the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA), were used to gift or transfer money or other assets (up to $13,000 per year) to a minor and manage those assets on the minor’s behalf until they reach the age of majority.

Domestic Abuse Restraining Orders

A victim of domestic abuse can file for a domestic violence restraining order in order to keep the abuser away from him/her. A victim must provide the court with reasonable proof of physical abuse in order to convince the judge to issue the domestic violence restraining order, which requires the respondent to stay at least 100 yards away from the victim. The domestic violence restraining order remains in effect for one year and can be extended.

Parental Liability In Alcohol Cases Involving Minors

  April 14, 2011     By Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP
What problems does a parent face in hosting a party for minors where alcohol is served?

Arizona Domestic Violence Offenses

  April 13, 2011     By Law Office of John W. Moore, PLLC
Domestic violence charges in Arizona are brought against an individual when there is a crime involving a relative or person living with the accused. Therefore, Arizona domestic violence crimes are not just between husband and wives, but also crimes involving partners, past boyfriends and girlfriends, and people who are dating.

What You Need to Know about Minnesota Child Custody

  April 12, 2011     By Kathleen Newman + Associates, P.A.
Child custody issues have a daily impact on thousands of Minnesota families. For anyone who is going through a divorce or is otherwise involved in a custody action, understanding the framework set out in Minnesota's statutory code is essential.

Defacto Divorces and Legalizing Divorce in Court - Ethiopia

  April 11, 2011     By Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office
A brief note of awareness for those married couples who are in Defacto Divorces without Legalizing the Divorce in Court.

Domestic Violence in Arizona

  April 8, 2011     By Law Office Of Larry G. Ruch
The definition of criminal domestic violence in Arizona and domestic violence defense.

Georgia's New Child Support Guidelines

  April 4, 2011     By Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, LLP
Georgia's new child support guidelines is based on a "shared income" approach, a departure from the prior statute that calculated the amount based on a percentage of the non-custodial parent, and could drastically affect how child support is calculated.

Obtaining an Order of Protection under Texas Law

  March 30, 2011     By Bertolino LLP
Though going through a divorce is never easy and is likely to stir up unpleasant emotions at some point in the process, in most instances spouses who are separating are able to do so without intimidation or threats of violence. There will be times that abuse is a reason for the divorce filing in the first place or anger at events that unfold after the separation lead to an unsafe environment for one of the parties involved.

Divorce - The Basics

  March 26, 2011     By Steven R. Tabano and Associates
Divorce is the legal process which ends a marriage. The court can grant either a "fault" or "no-fault" divorce. The process begins with the filing of a divorce complaint in the court. A divorce may also include issues regarding division of marital assets, child and/or spousal support, alimony and child custody.

Overview of Dividing Debts Upon Dissolution of Marriage

  March 25, 2011     By M. Stephen Cho, Attorney at Law
Following a divorce, courts will apportion debt according to the type of debt that it can be classified as this. This is typically separated into two categories: community debt and separate property debt.

Electronic Evidence Meets Right to Privacy in Texas Divorce Cases

  March 22, 2011     By Bertolino LLP
There is a false sense of security that takes place when we log on to the internet, our smart phones, or some other form of electronic communication. Many of us seem to think that our true selves are separated from these pieces of technology and that our words and actions are anonymous and floating somewhere through the netherworld of cell phone towers and W-Fi hotspots.

Child Custody in Florida: An Overview of the Court Decision Making Process

  March 15, 2011     By Denmon & Denmon Trial Lawyers
There is nothing more important in your Family Law Matter than the well-being of your children. A close second is continuing to foster and build a strong relationship with your children, even if you are not the primary residential parent. Below we discuss some of the considerations the Courts make when determining the child custody arrangement with the child.

Financial Infidelity and Divorce

  March 15, 2011     By Meinerts Law Office, PA
From incompatibility to infidelity, there are different reasons that couples decide to divorce. For many, however, money troubles appear to be the root cause of the couples’ problems.

More Parents Staying in Touch with Virtual Visitation

  March 15, 2011     By Meinerts Law Office, PA
Divorce can be an emotional experience for both spouses. For children, it can be one of the most difficult periods in their life. When one parent moves away from the other and children are involved, however, the process becomes even more complex.

Dealing with Contested Divorce

  March 7, 2011     By Hanson, Gorian & Bradford
Divorces are not always simple – in fact, they are often messy, emotional and can be distressing to say the least. For this reason, when facing a contested divorce, it is vastly important that you do not hesitate to contact an experienced divorce lawyer to help protect your rights.

Protecting the Best Interest of the Child

  March 7, 2011     By Engel Law Group, PS
When parents divorce, the Parenting Act of 1987 helps address issues might face concerning their children. Although there many different issues it might help, the blanket issue that it addresses is protecting the best interests of children.

Massachusetts’ New Child Support Guidelines

  March 2, 2011     By Dane Shulman Associates, LLC
In 2009, Massachusetts overhauled its 22-year-old child support guidelines. A 12-person task force designed the new rules, which have now been in effect for more than one year.

Restraining Orders: A Twisted Divorce Tactic

  March 2, 2011     By Dane Shulman Associates, LLC
Restraining orders exist to protect victims against an alleged abuser by keeping the abuser from engaging in activities in or near the victim's home, workplace, or other frequently visited places. A restraining order can also give a victim temporary custody of children, in an effort to keep the children out of harm's way.

Arizona Ruling Clarifies Legal Requirements for Same-Sex Couple Child Visitation

  February 24, 2011     By The Baker Law Firm, LLC
In 2009, an Arizona appellate court ruled against a woman seeking equal-time visitation rights for the child that she and her same-sex partner had raised from birth. But for gay couples - or any other people who feel they have a parent-child relationship, regardless of legal definitions - the ruling is not all bad news, and may help to clarify the requirements for visitation when same-sex couples break up.

Understanding Minnesota Child Support Law

  February 21, 2011     By James D. Capra, Inc.
The author talks about the factors that Minnesota Family Law Courts take into consideration when reviewing child support.

Family Law of Malaysia

  February 20, 2011     By N. Hassan & Associates
Family law relating to Muslims is governed separately from family law relating to non-Muslims in Malaysia.

Modifying Your Florida Child Support Order

  February 12, 2011     By The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A.
Don't simply avoiding your child support obligation. If there has been a substantial change in circumstances, you may be able to modify your child support order.

DNA Testing and Estate Litigation - Canada

  February 11, 2011     By Wagner Sidlofsky LLP
DNA testing is growing in importance in Ontario estate litigation cases. In his analysis of Proulx v. Kelly the author describes how the biological connection impacts on rights in an intestacy and the statutory presumptions of parenthood on Ontario.

“Gray Divorce” Making Headlines around the Nation

  February 9, 2011     By Michael A. Ward, PC
The divorce rate has slowed in recent years, but not across all demographics.

Blending Families: A Challenge From Every Angle

  February 9, 2011     By Michael A. Ward, PC
The issues involved in merging families can be more difficult when one or both parties to the marriage are wealthy.

What to Do When Accused of Domestic Violence

  February 3, 2011     By Moses and Rooth, Attorneys at Law
Domestic violence is on the rise in Florida and throughout the country. Should you find yourself being accused of domestic violence, these are some basic guidelines to follow.

Collaborative Family Law - South Africa

  February 2, 2011     By Abrahams & Gross Inc
The adversarial court system in South Africa is often not well-suited for resolving family law disputes.

Post Nuptial Agreements - South Africa

  January 31, 2011     By SN Attorneys
Although most couples are encouraged to complete an ante nuptial contract before getting married, some couples only decide after being married that they would like to change the matrimonial property system applicable to their marriage. In these cases they would have to complete a post nuptial contract, which is a highly complex procedure.

Adoption in South Africa

  January 31, 2011     By SN Attorneys
For some individuals who cannot have their own children for whatever reason, adoption is the best option for them to build a family of their own.

Minnesota Divorce: Can't We Just Agree?

  January 30, 2011     By Blahnik Law Office, PLLC
A discussion from a Minnesota divorce attorney about issues surrounding "extra-judicial agreements" and the ability of parents to agree to family law issues outside of the Courts, especially pertaining to minor children.

Tax Issues When Dividing Property Incident to Divorce

  January 26, 2011     By Walzer & Melcher LLP
Although most transfers between spouses or former spouses in the context of a marital dissolution will be non-taxable, there are some important exceptions. These exceptions are discussed below. The importance of obtaining records showing the tax basis in the asset received through divorce is also highlighted.

Bankruptcy and Family Law

  January 25, 2011     By Marc Fabito, Esq. - Protect Law Group
With continued high unemployment going into its third year, divorced spouses who have child and spousal support obligations might think to revise their support orders.

Florida's Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

  January 24, 2011     By The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A.
This article describes an expedited process of divorce available in Florida.

Different Types of Alimony Awards in Florida

  January 13, 2011     By The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A.
All alimony is not created equal. This article compares and contrasts the different types of alimony awards available in Florida.

HG.org Introduces Our New U.S. Divorce Law Center

  January 6, 2011     By Hg.org
HG.org is happy to announce that our legal team is developing an informative new resource, the U.S. Divorce Law Center at http://www.hg.org/divorce-law-center.html. In our continuing effort to provide useful, law-related information to the public, HG.org has resolved to provide a comprehensive Information Center addressing the various divorce laws in the U.S.

Driving After Dark or DUI: Which Poses the Worst Danger for Teen Drivers?

  December 29, 2010     By Rittgers & Rittgers
Everyone knows that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents, and statistics have long shown that motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of death among young people. But how do the various dangers that escalate teen accident rates compare?

Facebook Evidence on the Rise in Divorces

  December 22, 2010     By Reisman & Davis
Finally deciding to end your marriage can lead you to focus on your future. Not knowing what is going to happen next can cause a lot of stress, even if you and your spouse have worked out the details your divorce. You log in to your Facebook account, and post a quick message about how relieved you are that things are finally over.

Minnesota Surrogacy Agreements

  December 21, 2010     By Walling, Berg & Debele, PA
Surrogacy is an important way for families who cannot have children on their own to realize their dreams. The practice remains controversial, however, despite the fact that surrogacy has become more common.

Keep It Offline: Social Media Sites May Affect Divorce Negotiations

  December 21, 2010     By Walling, Berg & Debele, PA
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare have changed the way people connect to friends, family and coworkers. For many users of these services, the day-to-day details of life have become more public, with far-reaching consequences.

10 Holiday Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents

  December 16, 2010     By Idaho Business Law Group
Holidays and special occasions can be emotionally draining when you are sharing custody of your children. Divorced and separated parents must communicate with even more diplomacy, patience, mutual understanding, respect, and tolerance than married couples planning holiday travel, dinners, reunions and gift-giving. Juggling schedules during marriage is hard, and it only gets harder after divorce.

Kidnaping and Guns - One Way to Get Custody

  December 13, 2010     By The Baker Law Firm, LLC
Four days after a Missouri judge signed an order granting divorce, the mother of a young boy, with the assistance of her new husband, kidnapped her son from her ex-husband's house at gunpoint. They intend to flee Missouri and cross the border into Mexico with the boy in a stolen vehicle. Because the mother and her husband did not have permission to take the boy from his father's home, this was considered kidnapping.

Domestic Violence Victims in Arizona Illegally Now Face Legal Limbo

  December 13, 2010     By The Baker Law Firm, LLC
Arizona's controversial immigration bill, SB-1070, has had far reaching consequences for many Arizona residents. That includes undocumented victims of domestic violence who are living in Arizona. These domestic violence victims face a legal limbo: while many may qualify for an adjustment of legal status, they fear contacting police to begin the process, as contacting police may actually trigger their deportation.

Arizona's Proposed Child Outcome Based Support Guidelines

  December 13, 2010     By The Baker Law Firm, LLC
In June 2010, the Arizona Judicial Council tentatively approved the Child Outcome Based Support (COBS) model, which addresses this concern by roughly equalizing the incomes of both households. The Arizona Supreme Court has not yet given the guidelines final approval.

Who Gets the Engagement Ring? - Canada

  December 12, 2010     By Wagner Sidlofsky LLP
In Ontario section 33 of the Marriage Act suggests that the person who breaks up an engagement is irrelevant to a court's determination about who should get the ring. Notwithstanding the legislation, the common law apparently continues to penalize the person who broke off the engagement. The author reviews the law and canvasses some of the academic responses to the law.

Adoption in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  December 11, 2010     By Yav & Associates
Adoption has a long history in world, as it is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another who is not kin and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities from the original parent or parents. Adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition through legal sanction. This brief discusses the law of adoption in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC].

Marriage in Thailand for Filipinos

  December 7, 2010     By G.A.M. Legal Alliance
Congratulations! So you have chosen to marry your lovely Filipina bride in the Land of Smiles. It is definitely the best decision if you are looking forward to a simpler and more straightforward marriage registration procedure. What more, your marriage in Thailand is recognized worldwide as long as long as it is legally registered at the Thai district office.

Getting Married in Thailand for Vietnamese Citizens

  December 7, 2010     By G.A.M. Legal Alliance
Getting married in Thailand is fast becoming the trend for couples who are looking for simple and straightforward marriage procedure. This is of course apart from the country's inherent romantic appeal. Vienamese and their fiancees are among those love birds coming to the Kingdom of Thailand to tie the knot. In this article, we will find out how can Vietnamese get married in the Land of Smiles.

Visitation Across the Miles Just Got A Little Bit Easier

  December 6, 2010     By Curtis R. Cowan, P.A.
So-called "virtual visitation" is poised to revolutionize family courts across America. Technology has done more than widen our social circles - Skype and similar web-based video chat and telephone sites are helping parents keep a meaningful relationship with their children in spite of the distance separating them.

The Juvenile Court Process Explained

  December 1, 2010     By Law Office of Jason A. Volet, LLC
Children don't always understand the consequences of their actions. As a parent, the best way to support your child through court hearings is to know and understand how they work. Here is a brief guide for concerned parents seeking to better know what to expect with their son or daughter's case.

What to Ask When Hiring a Kentucky Divorce Attorney

  November 30, 2010     By Law Office of M. Erin Wilkins, LLC
The author discusses factors you should look at before hiring a divorce attorney.

How to File the I-751 Petition When Separated

  November 23, 2010     By Law Offices of Danielle Nelisse
When a foreigner marries a U.S. citizen and is granted an I-551 Permanent Resident green card, often the card is only good for two years. Why? Because they were married less than two years when the card was issued and the U.S. government wants to monitor their case to see if the marriage lasts. When a two year card is issued, it is called “conditional.”

A Step toward Tax Equality for Registered Domestic Partners

  November 17, 2010     By Walzer & Melcher LLP
The treatment of California Registered Domestic Partners under federal tax law as compared to spouses is far from equal, but 2010 private letter ruling by the IRS is major step toward the application of federal law in a way that is consistent with the rights granted RDPs under California law.

Overview of Child Support in Texas

  November 11, 2010     By Boyd Family Law
Child support in Texas can be a contentious issue at any stage of the proceedings. Whether you’re trying to locate the non-custodial parent for Texas child support payments, or you need to make modifications to your child support payments, it can be a volatile subject.

Getting Married in Thailand for Chinese Nationals

  November 10, 2010     By G.A.M. Legal Alliance
Among those foreigners who come to Thailand to tie the knot are Chinese citizens. These include citizens from Hong Kong and Macau, the so called Administrative regions of China. The Chinese citizen may marry a fellow Chinese, a Thai National or a foreigner in Thailand. To be able to register the marriage under Thai law, the Chinese marrying party has to be informed regarding the documents and procedure for the Thai Marriage Registration.

Jurisdictions that Permit Same-Sex Marriages

  November 9, 2010     By Samuelson, Hause & Samuelson, LLP
Five states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire) plus the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage. Three more states (Maryland, Rhode Island and New York) officially pledge to honor out-of-state same-sex marriages. Seven foreign countries also grant full marriage rights: The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain, South Africa, Norway, and Sweden.

California Is the Second State in the Nation to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

  November 9, 2010     By Samuelson, Hause & Samuelson, LLP
On May 15, 2008; the California Supreme Court ruled in In Re: Marriage Cases to uphold the freedom to marry. As of June 16, 2008, same-sex couples can receive marriage licenses from the state of California. California is the second state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage. Massachusetts was the first in 2004.

Family Law Review, Summer 2008 - Same Sex Marriage Update

  November 9, 2010     By Samuelson, Hause & Samuelson, LLP
Same-Sex Marriage Update.

Family Law Review, Spring 2008

  November 9, 2010     By Samuelson, Hause & Samuelson, LLP
Recent Legislation, Decisions, and Trends.

Supreme Court Rules No Life Sentences for Florida Juveniles

  November 9, 2010     By Garvin Law Firm
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles who commit crimes in which no one is killed can’t be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This leaves Florida in a dilemma: it has no parole system. It was eliminated in 1983, on the reasoning that too many former inmates were committing serious crimes after being released early. Now, the state reviews only cases before 1983.

Texas Child Custody and Interstate Jurisdiction

  November 9, 2010     By Boyd Family Law
With more people moving between states for jobs and other economic factors, the chances are greater that interstate jurisdiction may become an issue at some point in your Texas child custody agreement. When one parent makes the decision to move out of state, you will need to determine interstate jurisdiction in order to make modifications to your Texas child custody agreement.

Getting Married and Starting a Family in Thailand: The Legal Issues to Be Aware of

  November 9, 2010     By G.A.M. Legal Alliance
Getting married in amazing Thailand is a dream for most couples. Settling in Thailand and starting a family after marriage comes as the next natural thing to do among marrying couples especially those marrying Thai nationals. To ensure the successful realization of these family dreams, it would be prudent to go over the legal issues accompanying your plan of marrying and settling in the Land Of Smiles. This article will address such issues.

Do Field Sobriety Tests Help or Hinder?

  November 8, 2010     By The Walker Law Firm, LLC
Would you know your rights if you were pulled over? Not everyone does. Learn more about how refusing the field sobriety tests might affect you, and how to interact with the police.

When Can I Modify a Child Custody or Visitation Order in Michigan?

  November 5, 2010     By Allan W. Ben, PC
The authors discuss modifying a child custody or visitation order in Michigan.

Medicaid Myths about Gifts to Family Members in Rhode Island

  November 5, 2010     By Walsh, Brule & Nault, P.C.
This article examines one of the Medicaid myths regarding eligibility for nursing home payment in Rhode Island.

Child Custody & Abduction

  November 1, 2010     By A. Williams & Co. (Solicitors)
Issues involved in International Travel of children with parent without custody of children.

International Divorce in Turkey: Pending Cases in Different Countries

  October 26, 2010     By Tiryakioglu Law Office
It is not uncommon to imagine an international divorce case where one of the spouses is a Turkish Citizen, the other, an Italian Citizen, both residing in Germany; one party initiates divorce proceedings in Germany, while the other later files another divorce case in Turkey, believing that this action would be advantageous.

What Does "Sought to Acquire" under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Mean?

  October 22, 2010     By Law Offices of Susan V. Perez
The process for determining the age of the child beneficiary – either direct or derivative – under the CSPA is more complicated. The statutory formula for these cases is that the child’s age will freeze as of the date that a visa number becomes available for the petition in question reduced by the number of days that the petition was pending, but only if the child seeks to acquire the status of an LPR within one year of the date the visa became available. CSPA §3; U.S.C. §§ 1153(h)(1) and (2).

Russian International Adoption Laws Review

  October 20, 2010     By Confederation Barristers-in-Law
This article represents an attempt to briefly summarize and to highlight the most important legal issues related to adoption of Russian children by foreigners. It may prove useful for the persons who plan to adopt Russian children.

Stepparent Adoption in Texas

  October 18, 2010     By Kalish Law Texas
One of the most rewarding areas of law practice for my firm is adoption. This article will answer some of the most common questions about stepparent adoption and will discuss adoption of adults as well as minor children.

Texas Marital Agreements

  October 15, 2010     By Law Offices of Linda N. Risinger
Texas is one of the few community property states in the country. Community property generally includes any property acquired during a marriage, which may include wages, benefits, real property and even income earned from separate property.

Child Custody Tips for Texas Parents

  October 15, 2010     By Richard T. Bell & Associates, PC
When deciding child custody arrangement, it is important to understand that the court will always decide custody disputes based on the “best interest of the child” standard. With this in mind, remember that there are ways to prepare for custody hearings that may increase your chances of achieving your desired result.

Texas Divorce: Reimbursements and Offsets

  October 15, 2010     By Richard T. Bell & Associates, PC
After about a decade of marriage to an "economic contribution" statute, the Texas legislature officially filed for divorce in 2009 and reinstated a "reimbursement" statute. The new reimbursement statute expands the number of situations when reimbursement can be used to recover for monies or talents spent by one marital estate for the benefit of another.

Moving Your Kids Out of Kentucky after Divorce

  October 15, 2010     By Law Office of M. Erin Wilkins, LLC
When you’ve been granted custody of your children after a Kentucky divorce you usually must allow the other parent visitation rights. This causes problems when you have to move out of state, as this can be seen as an attempt to deny the other parent’s visitation rights.

New California Law Permits Lawsuits against Those Who Serve Alcohol to Minors

  October 15, 2010     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Over the last month we discussed two different Illinois personal injury cases addressing the liability of parties who provided alcohol to someone who then left the premises and caused a deadly automobile accident. This is an issue that is becoming more frequently litigated, in part because of the tragic consequences–which are especially apparent when the person who was served alcohol is underage.

Division of Property in a Dallas Divorce

  October 14, 2010     By Boyd Family Law
Division of property after a divorce can be extremely contentious and you may need legal assistance to secure what is yours. The author discusses some of the frequent issues that come up during a Dallas divorce.

Michigan Divorce Overview

  October 14, 2010     By Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, PC
If you’re a Michigan resident considering divorce, you’re probably filled with questions and concerns. What is the divorce process like in Michigan? What can you do to make it go more smoothly? You may have specific worries about certain parts of the divorce like division of property or child custody.

Minnesota Is a No Fault Divorce Explained

  October 14, 2010     By Banas Family Law, PA
Divorce law differs from state to state. Some states recognize “fault” divorce, and some offer “no fault” divorce. In states at that permit at-fault divorces, one party must prove the grounds for divorce, such as adultery, cruelty, abandonment, etc.

Later-in-Life Divorce or "Gray Divorce" in Minnesota

  October 14, 2010     By Banas Family Law, PA
Later-in-life divorces in Minnesota typically involve financial considerations that require an experienced divorce lawyer. The author discusses those financial considerations.

Recognition of Foreign Divorce in the Philippines

  October 14, 2010     By Siam Legal International
There is no law allowing divorce in the Philippines. The only remedy available to Filipinos for ending their marriage is Annulment. Take note that his remedy is distinct from Declaration of Nullity of Marriage.

Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

  October 8, 2010     By Kathleen Newman + Associates, P.A.
Spousal maintenance, perhaps better known as "alimony" or "spousal support," is sometimes awarded as part of a divorce decree or legal separation agreement.

Minnesota Nonmarital Property: What Is Mine Is Mine Till Death Do Us Part

  October 8, 2010     By Kathleen Newman + Associates, P.A.
Gone are the traditional days when getting married meant automatically commingling all money in a common bank account and putting both names jointly on every property title.

Minnesota Family Business Valuation in Divorce: More Art than Science

  October 8, 2010     By Kathleen Newman + Associates, P.A.
When divorcing spouses cannot agree on how to divide their property, Minnesota law requires the court to do so fairly and equitably. But when the major asset is the family business — often a closely held corporation running a retail, service or professional enterprise — assigning a realistic, reasonable value to such a unique enterprise can be daunting.

"Marriage on the Brink" Bill Is a Waste of Time

  October 8, 2010     By Kathleen Newman + Associates, P.A.
The Family Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis handles more than 3000 cases each year. With most of these cases being divorces, a study surveying nearly 2500 couples by the University of Minnesota found that about one-third of divorcees are ambivalent about dissolving their marriages.

Divorce in Pennsylvania: Is The Price Right?

  October 8, 2010     By Reisman & Davis
People facing the prospect of divorce usually find that emotional pain is part of the process. And most are surprised when they discover the financial pain from the experience. Bills and fees add up very quickly when a person pays a divorce lawyer by the hour.

Is Reform Coming Soon for Massachusetts Alimony Laws?

  October 8, 2010     By RA Jaworski PC
Much to the disappointment of many, the most recent Massachusetts legislative session closed without changes to the state’s alimony laws. Although separate bills had been introduced in both the House and Senate, neither managed to garner sufficient support to pass.

How Property Is Allocated upon Divorce under Florida Law

  October 8, 2010     By Lewert Law Offices, P.A.
Even though many property settlements are hammered out outside the courtroom, the factors judges use in dividing property affect the relative strength of each side's bargaining position.

How Will Florida's New Child Custody Laws Affect You?

  October 7, 2010     By Law Offices of Kathryn S. Robbie
Florida law governing what was formerly known as primary and secondary child custody and the concept of visitation changed significantly on October 1, 2008, Chapter 61 of the Florida Statutes now highlights the importance of both parents in a child's life, introducing the concepts of parenting plans and time-sharing.

Fathers: from Breadwinners to Custody Winners

  October 7, 2010     By Law Offices of Kathryn S. Robbie
In the past, mothers have generally gained child custody more often than fathers. Studies suggest this is because of a widely held notion that mothers and children have a more connected biological and nurturing relationship.

Risks of Attempting Divorce without the Assistance of an Attorney

  October 7, 2010     By Barbara E. Wise, PLLC
In these difficult financial times, some people are attempting to obtain a divorce without the assistance of a qualified attorney in hopes of saving money on attorney fees. However, a divorce obtained without legal counsel may result in an unfair judgment that may cost one or both parties a large portion of what is rightfully theirs.

Legal Separation in Kentucky

  October 5, 2010     By Law Office of M. Erin Wilkins, LLC
The author explains the difference between divorce and legal separation in KY.

Elder Abuse and Consequences

  October 4, 2010     By Charles N. Rock, P.L.L.C.
Elder neglect or abuse can lead to serious consequences, such as bedsores, gangrene, broken bones and hematoma. Left unchecked, the neglect of caretakers can result in death.

Divorce of UK Citizens in Thailand

  October 1, 2010     By Siam Legal International
Mixed marriages between British and Thai nationals have greatly increased in the recent years. Quite inevitably, divorces have grown in number too.

Same-Sex Adoption Upheld in Florida

  September 30, 2010     By Hg.org
In a recent Florida Third District Court of Appeals decision, the appellate court struck down a subsection of a 33-year old Florida adoption statute prohibiting homosexuals from adopting. This decision bodes well not only for Martin Gill and his partner, the appellees in this case, but also for a number of same-sex couples who wish to adopt children.

A Summary of the Child Support Guidelines in Arizona

  September 30, 2010     By Bishop Law Office, PC
Child Support in Arizona is determined pursuant to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. The Arizona Child Support Guidelines can be somewhat complex in application where various factors are in dispute. The following is a basic description of how the Child Support Guidelines work for the reader's ease of understanding.

Home-wrecker Laws: Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation

  September 26, 2010     By Hg.org
When your marriage has ended and you discover that it is because your spouse has had an affair and/or has fallen in love with someone else, you may be tempted to seek revenge against the person who has “stolen” your spouse’s affections. Before you race off to court, you should check the laws of your state regarding these types of claims, as well as their success rates.

Obtaining a Divorce in Florida

  September 23, 2010     By Hg.org
Divorce in Florida is “dissolution of marriage”. When granting a dissolution, the court may issue orders regarding support and alimony; the primary residence, custody, visitation, support, maintenance and education of any minor child; attorney’s fees; and division of property. Any domestic violence protective orders shall be issued as a separate order for the divorce judgment. After obtaining a judgment of dissolution of marriage, both spouses are then considered legally single and unmarried.

Spousal Support and Division of Property in Michigan

  September 23, 2010     By Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, PC
An overview of Spousal support and division of property, which are critical issues in a Michigan divorce.


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