Family Law Articles

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

Tax Ramifications for Separated Spouses

  December 14, 2017     By HG.org
When spouses have legally separated, it is important to ensure that the taxes are filed appropriately for each individual or as a couple if one...
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Why Would Someone Want to Adopt an Adult?

  December 6, 2017     By HG.org
Adoption of individuals is complicated when the person is already an adult and the other party wants to adopt him or her. However, it is...

How Child Support Is Calculated in Texas

  December 4, 2017     By HG.org
In Texas, both parents are expected to contribute financially to the children they bring into the world. One parent may be ordered to pay child...

Can I Get Alimony in My New Jersey Divorce?

  November 28, 2017     By HG.org
When spouses are going through divorce in New Jersey, they may wonder whether they may be able to receive alimony. Alimony is not awarded in...

How Is My 401(K) Divided in New Jersey Divorce?

  November 22, 2017     By HG.org
Some spouses in New Jersey are surprised to learn that their retirement accounts are subject to division during a divorce. The accounts are in...

New Initiative to Overcome Parental Alienation and Protect Children in England

  November 20, 2017     By Giambrone Law
A new approach to the problem of parental alienation by one parent against the other is being trialed by the Children and Family Court Advisory...

What to Give Up and What to Fight for in Divorce Proceedings

  November 15, 2017     By Blackford & Flohr, LLC
Divorce stresses you mentally, emotionally, and often physically. You are tired of the conflict, and just want the process over. In divorce as...

7 Legal Loopholes that Actually Exist

  November 15, 2017     By Blackford & Flohr, LLC
The law is the law, and there is no getting around that. Right? Well, not technically. In the law, several loopholes exist that really don’t...

Residence Permit in Greece by Civil Partnership: Questions & Answers

  November 14, 2017     By Dafni Siopi & Associates
More and more clients of our office are interested in obtaining a residence permit in Greece based on a civil partnership, under the No....

Ethical Violations by School Counselors: Loss of Custody, Defamation, and other Penalties

  November 2, 2017     By HG.org
Some parents may find themselves on the receiving end of false allegations of child abuse or neglect. Sometimes these reports originate from...

What Benefits Is My Same-Sex Spouse or Domestic Partner Entitled to?

  By HG.org
Due to a number of important Supreme Court decisions in the 21st century, married same-sex spouses are entitled to a number of benefits that...

In Search of Equality and Fairness in Rights of Marriage and Divorce for Muslim Women in Bangladesh

  October 30, 2017     By Grays Chambers
Bangladesh is yet to adopt a Uniform Family Code on Marriage related laws. The legal system, which is based on common law applied during the...

Children Affected by Cult Actions

  October 26, 2017     By HG.org
Cults are led by fanatical leaders that charm and direct followers to various actions that may include violence against others. However, the...

Cults Tearing Apart Lives

  October 26, 2017     By HG.org
The activities of cults often lead members to perform aggressive actions after their belief and faith have been won by those in charge. Through...

Navigating Ezekiel Elliott’s Legal Plays

  October 24, 2017     By Hebets & McCallin
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys has been fighting a 6 game misconduct ban since the start of the football season. His legal moves have...

Cohabitation in the UK: Where Are We Now?

  October 24, 2017     By Vardags Solicitors
The debate as to whether legal status should be afforded to cohabiting couples is one that refuses to go away. Per the Office for National...

Can a Social Worker End Protective Service Against a Doctor’s Recommendation?

  October 19, 2017     By HG.org
Ending protective service for a person or child requires knowing the situation fully and if it is in the best interests of the individual. Doing...

Florida Nursing Home Deaths after Hurricane Irma under Investigation

  October 6, 2017     By Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy, LLP
Investigations are underway as to why eight residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Florida died in the days...

Why Should You Register a Will In Dubai? A Guide for UAE Expatriates

  October 2, 2017     By HHS Lawyers & Legal Consultants
Making a will is not a subject that is dealt with a lot of people as they don’t want to see death as a possible alternative in the near future....

What Is Power of Attorney? How to Prepare a Power of Attorney in UAE

  September 26, 2017     By HHS Lawyers & Legal Consultants
There can be a lot of use for a Power of Attorney, and it is especially handy when it comes to having someone else do tasks for you when you are...

Guardianships

  September 25, 2017     By Law Offices of Jayme L. Levy LLC
With the U.S. population aging at a rapid rate, discussions of guardianship are becoming common.

Divorcing a Spouse with a Mental Illness

  September 25, 2017     By Huesman, Jones and Miles, LLC
Mental health issues are widespread nowadays and have been discovered to be a leading cause of divorce.

What Happens if I Need a Guardian?

  By HG.org
A guardian is a person who is given legal authority over another person because of reason of incapacity. If a court determines that a person is...

How To Prevent an International Child Abduction of a Minor in Italy

  September 18, 2017     By Studio Legale Marzorati
When a parent suspects that the other parent (genitore) may illicitly carry away from Italy abroad their child (figlio) or he/she is afraid that...

What To Do If an Italian Child Is Carried Away Abroad Without Previous Express Consent of Other Parent

  September 18, 2017     By Studio Legale Marzorati
Discovering that his/her own child (figlio), Italian and resident (residente) in Italy, has been carried away abroad by the other parent without...

Child Custody and Housing Options

  By HG.org
Traditionally, child custody was given primarily to one parent – usually the mother – and the other parent would have some form of visitation....

Elder Financial Abuse: Protecting Those Who Can No Longer Take Care of Themselves

When the media reports on elder abuse, physical abuse almost always seems to come to the forefront, and for good reason: the physical safety of...

Hague Convention’s Impact on Child Custody Cases

  By HG.org
The Hague Abduction Convention has been included with various countries as a treaty about child custody and abduction to include the United...

How a Family Law Lawyer Helps Divide Complex Assets During a Divorce

  By HG.org
When going through a divorce, it is best to ensure a family law lawyer has been hired to assist with the proceedings. These professionals have...

Cyprus: The Automatic Increase in Child Support Is Not Unconstitutional

It had been recently held by the Supreme Court that automatic increases in child support is not unconstitutional by relying on Article 38(2) on...

Can I File a Show-Cause Motion for Child Visitation?

  By HG.org
When individuals want visitation rights to their children, they may be confused about the process of going about this. While married parents...

Child Custody Litigation Preparation

  By HG.org
Child custody cases can be some of the most difficult and emotionally-ridden family law cases. By preparing well before the child custody...

Cyber Harassment Can Now Be Considered an Act of Domestic Violence

The New Jersey Legislature recently added Cyber Harassment to the list of crimes that can be considered an act of domestic violence under the...

How To Appeal a New Jersey DYFS Finding

Following and investigation by the DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services), they will issue a ruling of substantiated, established, not...

Common Mistakes Parents Make with New Jersey DYFS

So you received a call from the Division of Youth and Family Services and they want to investigate your child’s wellbeing and care.

What Happens when New Jersey DYFS Comes to Your House

Getting a call from the Division of Youth and Family Services can be scary and confusing.

Florida Paternity Law: Knowing Your Rights

Paternity issues in Florida are handled by Family Law courts; which includes legal versus biological fathers, visitation, custody, and more....

Why a Credit Freeze May be Necessary during a Divorce

  By HG.org
While divorce is certainly an emotional experience, the financial impact of this transition can have long-lasting consequences. In some...

My Wife Stipulated Me as the Father on her Will to her Two Sons, but her Family is Challenging it.

  By HG.org
Family and adoption laws are often complicated in the United States. If there is no legal action taken for children to be adopted by a...

What to Look for in a Strong Family Law Expert Witness

  By HG.org
Family law requires knowledge of a broad spectrum of subjects such as divorce, child custody and even separation. An expert in these matters is...

Why DYFS Caseworkers Don’t Help You

You are under an investigation set out by Child Protection Services. Without a doubt, you are angry, confused, worried, and scared at the...

New Jersey Child Born out of Wedlock and a Father’s Rights

Children born out of wedlock are, without a doubt, taken care of by their mother unless the mother names their father or the father himself...

How to Avoid Overpaying Alimony in New Jersey

Alimony in NJ is paid when the divorce proceedings start.

DYFS Scare Tactics

Have you found yourself in the midst of an investigation launched by Child Protection Services?

Common Pre-Nuptial Agreement Terms in New Jersey

Marriage is synonymous with trust, commitment and a long term relationship.

What Happens if my Spouse and I Don’t Agree on Decisions about Our Real Estate during Divorce?

  By HG.org
During the divorce process, the spouses may make decisions regarding their property, including how to divide it and how to dispose of it. One of...

When a Person May be Able to Seek Emergency Custody

  By HG.org
Emergency custody usually is granted when there is a danger to the health, wellbeing or life of a child in a marriage or divorce. Typically,...

Legislation Regarding Marriage by Minors in NY and NJ

Marriage by minors has been in the news recently as some states introduced legislation aimed at prohibiting child marriage. Until now in New...

Hiring the Best Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Family Violence or Domestic Battery Case

The crime of Domestic Violence is disruptive to both the family unit, but can bring harsh criminal consequences if not handled correctly....

What is a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity?

  By HG.org
Parents of a child may be unmarried, but they may still sign a Declaration of Paternity. This provides the legal benefits and rights of being...

Critical Things to Understand about Spousal Support

  By HG.org
One highly contentious aspect of a divorce is spousal support. Spousal support may be awarded in a divorce action which involves one spouse...

Prenuptial Agreements and Cross-cultural Relationships between Australian and Taiwanese Nationals

In our modern world, it is common for foreign nationals to marry people from different countries. Such relationships occur regularly between...

When Nonpayment of Child Support is Criminalized

  By HG.org
The parent with the most income from a career or when taking on financial projects is usually the one tasked with paying child support for the...

The Consequences of Financial Misconduct on Divorce

  By HG.org
It is important to enter into divorce proceedings honestly and with as little complication as possible. This means that animosity should be...

What Can Happen if You Lie about Your Finances during a Divorce

  By HG.org
Most divorce proceedings rely on the documentation from the husband and wife, and these files need to be accurate. If there are any assets or...

Florida Criminal Law: Domestic Battery Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a serious dynamic that happens in all states and crosses all racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines. It occurs when a...

Dividing Assets and Debts in Divorce

  By HG.org
Divorce is often complicated for both parties, and any dependents involved find these situations difficult to cope through. For the assets and...

Helping Your Widowed Parent Organize Their Assets

The loss of a loved one can be devastating, especially when it is a parent. In order to help your elderly parent cope with the passing of his or...

Do Unwed Fathers Have Parental Rights?

  By HG.org
Even though parents may not be married, they often have more rights than they are aware of when seeking some form of action such as child...

When the State Can Place a Lien on Property for Back-Due Child Support

  By HG.org
Child support is often ordered in a divorce case or paternity action so that one parent provides financial support to the other parent for the...

Can Separate Property Morph into Community Property?

  By HG.org
When a couple is divorcing, they may disagree as to which property is separate and not subject to division as part of the divorce process and...

Advanced Directives and Why You Need One

No one knows what the future holds, in fact thinking about the future can be a scary thing, especially when considering your health as you get...

How Does Child Abuse Affect Custody in New Jersey?

A decision to sever a marriage either by divorce or separation is not one to be taken lightly. While the disbursement of a property is often a...

Can Anti-Depressants affect Custody in a NJ Divorce?

It was only a few decades ago that a minor most likely remained with their mother following the separation and divorce of their parents, with...

Managing New Jersey Parenting Time During a Divorce

The divorce process is difficult for all parties involved, including children. It is important that all parties are able to be civil and show a...

Will Divorce Hurt My Credit Score in New Jersey?

The divorce process in itself will have no impact on your credit score. What can however affect your credit score is the financial actions of...

Administrative Consequences of Not Paying Child Support

  By HG.org
Due to the systemic issue of many children not receiving the support that they are legally entitled to, many states have passed laws that allow...

Role of Prenuptial Agreements and Estate Planning in Second Marriages

  By HG.org
Statistics indicate that many individuals will be in a second, third or subsequent marriage. Getting married the second time around is often a...

How Is Child Abuse Determined in New Jersey?

Child abuse is considered a serious crime throughout the United States.

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order and When do I Need One?

  By HG.org
During divorce, a couple may have to make decisions regarding retirement accounts and how to divide them. Qualified domestic relations orders...

Your Guide in Family Cases in UAE

The first stage of the legal process for divorce is the Family Guidance committee. In family matters, the local courts cannot be approached...

Protecting the Elderly in Texas

A state's elderly residents are among their most vulnerable residents. Recent Texas legislative issues/news announces a new state law scheduled...

4 Ways You Can Hurt Your Maryland Divorce Case

Contrary to what some people may think, there are ways in which parting couples can actually hurt their divorce cases.

5 Key Steps to Take when Divorce Is on the Horizon

If you believe that a divorce may be your best option, it is important to take a few preliminary steps when preparing for the end of your...

Options Regarding Spousal Support

  By HG.org
In some marriages, the financial obligation to a spouse outlives the marriage. One spouse may be better off financially than the other spouse or...

Appeals of Family Hearings in UAE

Once witnesses have given statements during the Family Court processes there is an opportunity for each of the parties to respond to the...

Spousal Support: Distinguishing Fair from Reality

  By HG.org
Spousal support is economic assistance that one spouse pays the other spouse. This amount can be determined by a court or by an agreement...

Divorce In Jamaica

For divorce proceedings to start, there are certain requirements which have to be satisfied. In Jamaica, the only ground for a divorce is the...

Seeking Legal Advice in Advance of a Family Dispute Settlement in UAE

It is often the most agreeable solution to all parties to settle family disputes outside of the courts; it makes things quicker, cheaper and...

Dividing Retirement Benefits during a Divorce

  By HG.org
In many cases, a person’s retirement account is the most valuable asset that he or she has, even more valuable than a marital home. This makes...

Permitted Witnesses in the Family Court in UAE

The vast majority of family court cases will have recourse to witness testimony, which can be very determinative to the outcome of the case.

Processes of the Family Court in UAE

The court system can be very overwhelming for anyone not accustomed to it – particularly when it comes to the family court when disputes are...

Abusing Children Via the Internet

Child abuse has long been a problem, but the internet has opened up doors for more abuse to occur.

Dividing Assets for Older Couples in Divorce

  By HG.org
Older couples may decide to get a divorce for some of the same reasons as younger people. However, they may also have unique considerations that...

Nursing Home Abuse in New Jersey

A tragic fact is that sometimes there are people who are working in nursing homes, taking care of the elderly, that abuse or neglect the...

Drug Abuse Laws in New Jersey

There is an epidemic that the entire nation faces right now and New Jersey is a location that is also suffering.

Disestablishment of Paternity: Reasons a Petition May Be Denied under Florida Family Law

Disestablishment of paternity is a process that usually begins when the legal father of a child, who is paying child support, learns new...

Immigrant Abuse Laws in New Jersey

There has been a history of abuse of immigrants who come [to the United States] to work.

Reasons Attorneys for Abused and Neglected Children Must Support Juvenile Justice Reform

There is an on-going issue across the States of America in how children are responded to when it comes to removing them from their family homes.

CPS Casworkers Have Too Much Power

Child protection services are the people that are supposed to protect children out in the community as well as support caregivers in fulfilling...

Get Rid of False Charges of Domestic Violence Against You

A Colorado domestic violence defense attorney can defend you against the false domestic violence charges against you and save you from facing...

How Do You Amend a Will in New Jersey?

With life expectancy being longer and more people getting divorced circumstances can change from when your first will was created.

Legal Reasons Why You May Want to Deny a Common Law Marriage

  By HG.org
Sometimes people who are leaving a relationship may want to show that they are entitled to greater benefits than a typical person leaving an...

Reasons to Annul a Marriage Instead of Divorce

  By HG.org
Individuals may reach the conclusion that they no longer want to be legally married to another person. When this is the case, there are often...

Convincing the Judge You Can Get Along with the Other Parent in Custody Cases

  By HG.org
Fighting for the custody of a child during or after a divorce is often a harrowing experience for both parents. Each feels he or she is...

Three Priorities for Women Seeking a Divorce in UAE

Divorce proceedings can take an emotional toll on all parties. In our experience, it helps to have clarity of what is important in the divorce...

Preserving Your Assets after Disclosing Them

  By HG.org
Disclosure of assets is usually necessary when in a court case where the information has been required as per the situation. However, protecting...

Prenuptial Agreements: Gaining a Financial Picture Before Marriage

Everyone has their own financial personality. Your spending and saving habits may differ greatly from friends and family. According to a 2011...

Signs that Your Spouse May Be Hiding Property and Assets

Some spouses may be tempted to hide assets during a divorce, so it is important for people to be aware of the warning signs.

Why Do I Need a QDRO in a Divorce?

Protecting retirement assets from unnecessary loss during a divorce may require the use of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.


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