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Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
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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...

Adoption in the UAE

Sadly a great number of children are abandoned in the United Arab Emirates each year. Most likely this is as a result of young mothers being...

Family Law in the UAE: Husband and Wife Rights under Shariah Law

Family article on husband and wife rights under Shariah Law. There are specific rights designated to Husband and Wife under Shariah Law....

At The Conclusion Of The Year, Inheritance Gifts Will Reach Their Expiration Date - Germany

Inheritances may possibly expire at the end of the year, because of a legislation alternation in compliance with the inheritance reform. The...

Succession Cases With Foreign Elements - Germany

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

Income Tax For The Death Year Of The Departed Is Deductible According To Federal Court Of Finance - Germany

The German Federal Court of finance takes the position that the abatement of taxes does not just include taxes from the time of death legally...

Inheritance Claims Will Expire By Limitations Through The Inheritance Reform At The End Of the Year - Germany

The inheritance reform from 2010 has changed the limitation rules and could show its effects for the first time this year. Thus, inheritance...

Property Separation - Ukraine

The main law of Ukraine which settles the property rights and duties of spouses is the Family Code of Ukraine, effective as of 1 January, 2004....

Marriage in Ukraine

According to the Article 21 of the Code the marriage is the family union of a woman and a man registered in the state registry office....

Annulments and Divorce - Ukraine

The effects of a divorce can be long lasting and far-reaching. This is generally not the case with an annulment. An annulment does not include...

Establishing Paternity - Ukraine

"Paternity acknowledgement" is a voluntary process when an unwed father becomes legally recognized as the biological father for child support...

Adoption - Ukraine

The international adoption process in Ukraine is quite a bit different from that of other countries. First, Ukrainian law does not allow...

Wills and Estates in the Ukraine

"In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes," Benjamin Franklin once said. Setting aside the issue of mortality, we will focus on the...

Child Custody - Ukraine

It seems like only yesterday a child’s parents loved each other and lived together quite happily. Today they find themselves bitterly...

Pre-nuptial Agreements - Ukraine

It seems wrong to contemplate the ugliness of divorce, and often devastating consequences, during the honeymoon season. For that reason, many...

Common-Law Marriages - Ukraine

What about a couple who lives together as husband and wife, but does not have the marriage registration? What kind of property rights and...

Child Support - Ukraine

Child support is based on the policy that parents are obligated to pay for the support of children, even when the children are not living with...

CHP Investigation of Accident Causing Brain Damage

In May, 2012 a newly licensed driver hit 8 high school students in a cross walk. It was first reported that he was travelling at 50 miles per...

Your Options for an Out of State Divorce

Florida is an attractive option for people seeking an out of state divorce because they have no requirement for legal separation and is quite...

Federal Court Of Finance Clarifies That Income Tax For The Year Of Passing Of The Departed Is Deductible

The decision of the German Federal Finance Court (BFH) dated 07/04/2012 (AZ: II R 15/11) evidently stipulated that the income tax debt for the...

Federal Court Of Finance Decides That Income Tax For The Year Of Death Of The Departed Is Deductible - Germany

The decision from the German Federal Finance Court (BFH) of the 04.07.2012 (AZ: II R 15/11) evidently stipulated that the income tax debt for...

Expiration By Limitations Possible For Inheritance Claims At The End Of The Year - Germany

Inheritance claims may expire at the end of the year, due to a law change in accordance with the inheritance reform. In the year 2010 an...

Federal Court Of Finance States That Income Tax For The Death Year Of The Passed Can Be Deductible - Germany

The verdict of the German Federal Finance Court (BFH) of the 04.07.2012 (AZ: II R 15/11) strongly portrayed the fact that the income tax debt...

Child Kidnapping - Ukraine

Child kidnapping is a crime that happens with frightening regularity. And it often involves the parents. Sometimes a Ukrainian-born mother...

Divorce Proceedings in the Ukraine

Whether you are legally separating or filing for divorce, it is extremely important that you don't allow your emotions to get the best of you,...

Ukrainian Surrogacy Laws

In the sphere of surrogacy, Ukrainian legislators have proven to be far more progressive than many of their European colleagues. Today, Ukraine...

SSA Requiring Benefit Recipients to Go Paperless

Many people within the elder law community are concerned about the future solvency of the Social Security program. Indeed, given the rapid aging...

Pre-Nuptial Agreement in the Philippines

Future spouses have the freedom to enter into an agreement with each other as to how their properties will be governed, and just like any other...

Germany - Income Tax For Year Of Death Of The Deceased Deductible According To Federal Court Of Finance

The verdict of the German Federal Finance Court (BFH) of the 04.07.2012 (AZ: II R 15/11) strongly portrayed the point in which the income tax...

Annulment vs. Nullity of Marriage in the Philippines

A marriage declared by the court as null and void connotes that the marriage entered into by the parties is inexistent as if no marriage ever...

How to Fill Out a Family Law Financial Affidavit in Florida

In concept, a financial affidavit is a simple document. It is a sworn statement of your income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. The form for...

Child Relocation Law in Florida - Fla. Stat. 61.13001

Relocation is an issue that is often addressed either in an initial custody action or after an initial custody order has been established....

Marriage and its Validity in the Philippines

“Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with the law for the establishment of...

Legal Requirements for Child Adoption and Legal Guardianship in Uganda

Adoption is a legal process whereby a person permanently assumes the parental rights and responsibilities for a child from his or her biological...

Study Reveals Dangers of Elderly Loneliness

Seniors who don't have a lot of strong social connections may be putting their health at a significant risk. Researchers have long known that...

Protecting Your Assets from Expanding Nursing Home Costs

Nursing home costs are rising, which could be detrimental to your financial health should you find yourself in need of nursing home care, or...

Revised Child Custody Act of Pennsylvania

The provisions of the new Child Custody Act applied in this instance. E.D. v. M.P., 33 A.3d 73 (Pa.Super. 2011). The mother appealed from the...

What Should You Learn About Child Support in Pennsylvania

If you are a resident of the Pennsylvania and looking for child support after separation, you would need to learn about the laws and regulations...

Coping Resources for Your Child During a Divorce

There are many resources available that broach the subject of children and divorce. With the right support, you child will live through it...

Family Law (Bangladesh), Family Courts Ordinance- 1985

Family Courts Ordinance- 1985 A family Court will have jurisdiction over the following matter: 1. Dissolution of marriage; 2. Restitution of...

A Bad Marriage is Not the Same as a Sham Marriage

Marriage to a U.S. citizen is the most common way of getting a legal permanent resident status in the United States especially when the alien...

It's Your Choice: Plan Now or Pay the Price Later

When you are a younger adult you may well have a difficult time wrapping your head around the concept of aging. It can seem as though retirement...

The New Age of Elder Care Law - An Interview with Buckley Fricker, Attorney, Author and Advocate

According to Buckley, her experience working with the elderly has reinforced the idea that as the age of society changes, the challenges will...

Learn More about Pennsylvania Divorce Laws

Every state has specific laws regarding divorce. Such laws may vary from one state to another. When you are planning to get a divorce, make sure...

Dovetailing Disabled Adult Child Benefits with Supplemental Security Income Benefits

A short window exists for a special needs child who is near age 18 to qualify for SSI by meeting the definition of disability. There is a...

More Child Abuse Lawsuits Against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

More lawsuits have been filed in Philadelphia by individuals who allege that they were abused by Catholic priests as children. Pennsylvania...

How to Uncover Hidden Assets in Divorce

Anyone who has been divorced will tell you that asset division is one of the most stressful and emotionally charged aspects of the divorce...

When Parents Reach Old Age, Bringing Up Finances Can Be Difficult

As life spans continue to increase and more people are living in extended family environments,many are having to deal with financial issues that...

What You Should Know About Divorce

Introduction Beyond the considerable emotional pain, the end of a marriage is legally complex. This pamphlet reviews alternatives to divorce...

All About Alimony

Payments can be made to a spouse deemed as dependent if the court finds that they are financially reliant on their other spouse. Alimony can...

5 Tips to Start You on the Road to Re-Employment after a Divorce

The prospect of a divorce can be particularly stressful for the spouse who has been out of the workplace for some time. While it may have made...

4 Lessons We Can Learn from Celebrity Divorces

You may not be inclined to take relationship advice from celebrities – but they sure do know a lot about divorce. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’...

Family Reunification of German Spouses in Visa Cases

The German system of family reunification in visa cases is very strict. The spouses should be prepared carefully by their attorney before they...

New Study Reveals Deadly Risk of Loneliness

Adding to the increasing mountain of evidence which shows that remaining socially connected and interacting with others is key to maintaining...

EU Blue Card for Highly Skilled Specialists

Germany implements EU Directive “Blue Card” for high skilled employees (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:155:00...

Germany Judgement of the Federal Administrative Court on Sept 4th 2012 - BVerwG 10 C 12.12

Limitation of language requirement for familiy reunification with Germans. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig has decided that the...

Elder Financial Abuse

While much effort has gone into bringing public awareness to the prevalence of child abuse over the last few decades, the frequency with which...

Are You Responsible for Your Parent’s Care?

In some sense, most of us feel emotionally or culturally responsible for taking care of our aging parents in both a physical and financial sense...

Ways to Find a Prenuptial Agreement Invalid

It has become rather common for a couple to have a prenuptial agreement before a marriage. Many people are getting married at a much older age...

Five Important Divorce Tips

When choosing to file for divorce, many couples do not consider the ramifications it will have both financially and emotionally. It may seem...

There Are Ways to Resolve Divorce without Court Intervention

Divorce is a painful decision that one has to make in life. However, along with legally ending relationship there are many things to decide at...

Your Spouse Wants a Divorce: Things You Should Do First

If your spouse tells you he or she wants a divorce, regardless of the reason, there are some common sense steps to take to protect yourself and...

Order for Protection in Minnesota - OFP

If you have been served with an Order for Protection: If you have been served with an Order for Protection, it is important that you consult...

The Importance of Establishing Paternity

There are three ways in which someone can establish paternity, or legal fatherhood, in South Carolina; and there are numerous reasons why...

What is a Guardian Ad Litem and Why Do I Need One for My Child Custody Case?

In Virginia Beach child custody cases, judges often appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the children. Most family court judges do not favor...

How To End A Marriage in California

The specifics of divorce cases and all of the related issues change depending on what state you live in. For this reason, it is best to be...

Facebook has Become a Leading Cause in Divorce Cases

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A recent study has found a correlation between relationship health and Facebook use that may cause more people to want to switch off the...

Be it Ever so Humble…

As you live in your home over the years, you can become attached because so many memories seem to be ingrained into the very structure itself....

The Importance of Guarding Privacy During Divorce

When a married couple decides to separate, they will be required to make numerous decisions regarding their future lives apart from one another....

Alternative to Assisted Living Facility

The idea of being uprooted and moving into an assisted living community is not an especially pleasant one for many senior citizens. People...

Eagles' Owners to File for Divorce in PA

The billionaire owners of the Philadelphia Eagles have announced their decision to file for divorce in PA after 20 years of marriage. The owners...

New York No Fault Divorce

New York was the last State in the Nation to adopt no-fault divorce. Learn how no-fault divorce makes it easier for you to get the divorce you...

How is Military Retirement Split During a Military Divorce?

Military divorces are subject to both state and federal regulations for retirement distribution. In Hampton Roads, VA the military divorce...

Protecting Your Legal Rights When Confronting Alzheimer’s Disease

When your loved one begins to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, your focus tends to be on medical issues—the kinds of treatment...

What Can You Do about the Adverse Effects of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing problem today that burdens loved ones and their families. The U.S. government website, alzheimers.gov reports...

Signs of Elder Abuse - How to Protect Your Loved Ones

If you are one of the millions of Americans who has an elderly family member in the care of someone outside the family you likely worry about...

Save Money while Enjoying Familiar Surroundings

If you were to be among the many who are going to require living assistance when you reach an advanced age you have some decisions to make. A...

Elderly Parents May End Up Costing Children

With many baby boomers reaching retirement age every day, proper financial planning is becoming increasingly more important. But for many...

Elderly Depression - What to Look Out For

For elderly Americans, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated because many people do not recognize the symptoms. Elderly people are...

Identity Thieves, Scam Artists Often Target Elders

There are things that can be done to protect your assets during the latter stages of your life from a legal perspective, and you should discuss...

North Carolina Child Custody Explained

Child custody laws vary from state to state. In North Carolina, any relative of a child may file a suit asking for custody. The only exception...

Enforcing Child Support Orders in North Carolina

Each county in the state of North Carolina has a Child Support Enforcement office or CSE that is tasked with enforcing child support orders. The...

Medi-Cal Eligibility: Expert Guidance is Essential

Many people are surprised to hear that Medicare will not pay for residence in an assisted living community or a nursing home. This is a pretty...

No-fault Divorces

Divorce is never easy but Illinois is one of more than 20 states that allow no-fault divorces as well as fault dissolution’s on the grounds of...

Qualifying for Medicaid without Committing Medicaid Fraud

For many senior citizens, the cost of medical care and services is a big concern. Often, healthcare plans that were in effect while working are...

Prepare to Address Assisted Living Expenses

Keeping your fingers crossed while hoping for the best is no substitute for intelligent planning when you are considering the eventualities of...

Elders Must Use Caution on the Internet

Some people have no shame, and this is evident when you look into the statistics regarding elder financial abuse. This has become a big problem...

Popular Medicaid Myths

The idea of having to move into an assisted living community or nursing home environment is not appealing to a great many people. However, it’s...

A Very Common Fear During a Divorce Centers on Money

It isn't unreasonable for divorcing couples to worry if they can survive financially after they divorce. One big thing is; many people are...

Should You Tell Your Boss about Your Divorce?

Divorce affects your career in many ways. If you're getting a divorce in Virginia, you should be prepared legally, emotionally, and...

Child Support - What to Expect with Child Support Cases

Child support is a monthly payment to cover the day-to-day expenses of child/children. Both parents are financially responsible for their...

Legal Separation in California - What is Legal Separation?

Legal separation is an alternative to divorce for couples not wanting an official ending of the marriage for any multitude of reasons. Legal...

Immigration and Same-Sex Marriages

The issue of same-sex marriage in the context of immigration law has recently come to the forefront of political attention. As the law stands,...

Choosing a Family Law Attorney - What are the Things to Speculate?

The need for hiring a lawyer is rising these days, given that different circumstances that surface. Given the massive choices available on the...

Keeping your Costs Down in Family Court

We would, and regularly have, given the same advice to our clients, almost verbatim. Faithful application of these rules will reduce the cost of...

Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorneys Discuss Sexual Assault Charges against Taxi Driver

Recent sexual abuse and assault charges against 55-year-old Pesure Alshahapy of Tucker, Georgia, could cost the man his livelihood and land him...

Our Youth Criminal Justice System: A Primer - Canada

The most recent version of the Criminal law that applies to youth in Canada, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), took effect in April 2003....

Child Protection Laws in the UAE

The Community Development Authority (CDA) of Dubai has recently drafted a new child protection policy, which protects children, investigates...

Child’s Best Interests in the UAE

Many family law cases in the United Arab Emirates follow Federal Law No. 28 of the year 2005 (UAE Personal Affairs Law), to which I will be...

Family Law Case Study in the UAE

Custody laws in the United Arab Emirates are mainly transcribed in Federal Law No. 28 of the year 2005 (UAE Personal Affairs Law), and I will...


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