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explaining the different aspects of Family Law.

If Your Spouse Files for Divorce While on Deployment

Even under the best of circumstances a marriage can be difficult and often times will not work out. Being a service member whose duty at times...
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Seniors: What You Should Know About Annuities

Annuities sound like a good idea for elders and senior citizens. However, the opposite may be true. Annuities are not right for everyone and...

Barter and Bargain, Thrive and Survive

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has read / watched / talked about the economy this past weekend and gone, “Yikes!” Times are tough! This puts...

Agreeing to Valuation Dates in Minnesota

The holidays present a special challenge for families that are going through a divorce, a process which often brings with it disputes over...

Illegal Evictions of Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Nursing homes can't evict elders based on ending Medicare coverage, lack of long term beds, or refusal to readmit after a hospital stay.

Minnesota Budget Cuts Affect Family Courts

Article XI of the Minnesota Constitution prohibits the State from running a deficit. When tax revenues are significantly lower than expected,...

Uncomfortable Planning in Minnesota – Prenuptial Agreements

Minnesota statute § 519.11 authorizes the use of “antenuptial” agreements (prenuptial in every day language) in order to give parties the chance...

10 Things to Know About Divorce for Florida Residents

If you are a Florida resident and thinking about getting a divorce, there are several things you should keep in mind about Florida’s divorce...

Getting Social Media Evidence Admitted In Court

Knowing the rules of evidence in your particular state is vital to getting social media admitted into evidence. Cross-examination is often a...

Nursing Home Elder Abuse Is Due To Understaffing

Studies show that understaffing is directly linked to elder abuse in nursing homes.

Illinois Adoptees Can Receive Original Birth Certificates Thanks to Illinois Adoption Law

Relatively new laws in the Illinois legislature have made it easier for persons who have been adopted to receive their original birth...

Male Nurses Accused of Committing Elder Abuse Faces Trial and Potentially Six Years in Prison

Two male nurses accused of committing elder abuse faces up to six years in prison if convicted at trial.

Medicare Conditional Payments Claimants Can Now File Private Cause of Action Lawsuits

Primary plan employers or carriers have to pay damages to both Medicare and individual lawsuits for failure to pay conditional payments.

Medically Underwritten Annuities

For senior citizens living with a chronic condition yet expect to live a long life, medically underwritten annuities may be the right annuity.

Prenuptial Agreement and Formalities of Execution

Is a prenuptial agreement1 that was not witnessed invalid? That is the exact question Ontario’s Court of Appeal addressed in Gallacher v....

How Do You Determine Who Owes What Debt?

Divorce cases are already confusing without trying to figure out how all of the financial obligations are going to be divided between both...

Support The Passing Of Bills Dedicated to Protecting Elders From Elder Abuse In Nursing Homes

This month, legislators passed a bill entitled The Residential Care Facilities for Elders Reform Act of 2014 (ACT), effective July 1, 2015.

Financial Elder Abuse Reported to Cost $2.9 Billion Each Year – And Increasing

According to a recent MetLife study, financial elder abuse is reported to cost $2.9 billion each year – and it's increasing.

Do I Have a Family Case? How to Determine if My Situation Is a Case for a Lawyer

  By HG.org
While some individuals are able to reach an amicable decision with another individual in a family law dispute and maintain a healthy...

We Got Married in One Country, Live in Another Now and Want a Divorce.

  By HG.org
Where do I find a divorce lawyer (where we live now or where we got married)? Many countries, including the United States, allow you to get a...

Nursing Homes Caught Willfully Committing Elder Abuse All Over Los Angeles

Nursing homes in LA discovered prematurely closing claims regarding elder abuse before completing investigation

What Is a Durable Power of Attorney?

  By HG.org
A power of attorney is a legal document that gives one person certain rights and responsibilities, the agent, over the person who had the...

Obtaining Discoverable Information in Litigation

Obviously in litigation, you cannot just lean over the poker table and take a look at their hand, but how do you let someone know that you need...

Electronic Discovery: Model Code of Conduct, Clawback Agreements and Quick-Peek Provisions

With electronic discovery, remember that you are still bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct in your state. However, some have proposed the...

Are Prenuptial Agreements Invalid Without ILA in Ontario, Canada

Suppose that prior to the death of your spouse the two of you signed an agreement where you both committed not to sue each other’s estate. Also...

Student Records Confidentiality Laws

The disclosure of student records can be important an issue in litigation, including cases involving students and educational matters, child...

Proposed Legislation for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act of 2014

Status updates on proposed legislation for the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act of 2014 that are up for review at...

Studies Show Aging Causes Mental Impairment, Incompetency, and Lack of Capacity to Make Good Decisions

Studies show that aging has a negative effect on decision making abilities in elders. Elders should be aware of an increased risk of falling...

Domestic Violence Offenses in the Tampa Bay Area

In Florida, domestic violence is defined as any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or...

Entitlement to Support Despite Prenuptial Agreement – The Butts Case, in Ontario Canada

Challenging a prenuptial agreement in the context of estate litigation happens more often than you think.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

When people think of weddings, the first thing that comes to mind is love and happiness. However, most marriages end up in divorce, which is why...

Setting Aside a Prenuptial Agreement in Ontario, Canada – LeVan v. LeVan

After LeVan v. LeVan(FN1) Lambert v. Lambert(FN2) and Rick v. Brandsema,(FN3) wealthy people who sign domestic contracts should be getting the...

Financing Your Child's College in Connecticut

The process of saving for your child’s college education can seem daunting. Tuition is already substantial at so many universities, and, if...

The Difference Between Separation and Divorce

If a married couple decides to call it quits and, thus, end the marriage, a divorce is almost always the initial inclination. However, some...

How to Answer Written Discovery in Your Case

You may have been told recently by your attorney that you need to answer written discovery in your case. This may come at a time when you are...

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Care: A Passing Grade

Pennsylvania has been rated satisfactory in nursing home care grades. If your loved one was abused or neglected in a nursing home, contact an...

Marriage in Costa Rica

The considerations and main requirements a couple must consider if they want to marry in Costa Rica, Central America.

California Child Support Laws - The Basics

With divorce effecting over three quarters of marriages nowadays, there is a constant demand for answers to the unknowns. Oftentimes, the most...

Unmarried and in a Relationship: Protecting Your Rights with a Cohabitation Agreement in Massachusetts

Massachusetts does not recognize any rights for a couple that cohabit. This means that if your in an unmarried relationship and it fails, you do...

How Divorce Effects Children

Decades ago, the American culture as a whole began believing that unhappy parents equaled unhappy kids. This belief led many parents to divorce...

Seeking A Divorce Settlement? Where To Begin

Deciding to end your marriage is not easy decision to make. There are so many emotions involved, and it can seem completely confusing It may not...

When Does Child Support End?

Child support is a parent’s legal obligation to provide for their children. It is the responsibility of both parents. The money actually belongs...

How Cohabitation Impacts Alimony Payments

Let’s assume for this discussion that you have settled your divorce, the kids are coping with the change in their lives. You have moved on from...

Courtroom Etiquette

The day of reckoning (for your marriage, anyway) is almost here. You are probably a little nervous about your court appearance. Your attorney...

What Should I Do If My Husband Won't Pay Alimony?

  By HG.org
In some divorce cases, alimony is ordered in order to help the spouse who earned less during the marriage or who may otherwise leave the...

Los Angeles Area Man Arrested on Financial Elder Abuse Charges

A financial advisor was recently arrested at a seminar in Los Angeles on financial elder abuse charges.

Sealing a Juvenile Record

Many people wonder about sealing a juvenile record, especially when they did something that they regret when they were younger. Just like any...

Who is a Good Candidate for a Collaborative Law Divorce?

A collaborative divorce differs from a regular divorce because it is not adversarial, it is cooperative. So, what kind of people make the best...

Stock Risk Comes With Some Life Insurance Policies

The rising stock market has also broadened the appeal of certain investments such as variable universal life and indexed universal life...

In With the New; Out With the Marriage - Why the New Year is Synonymous With Divorce

There is never a good time to get a divorce, but the three months after the holiday season divorce and family law attorneys as well as marriage...

Challenges of Divorce Series: Part 1 - Single Parenting and Crime Rates in Utah

The hardest thing to face as a single parent in Utah are the intense emotions associated with being both a mother and a father to a child. This...

How Can Community Engagement Prevent Domestic Abuse?

Until now, the term “domestic violence” has been used extensively to describe abuse that happens between the two members of a relationship, be...

The Difference Between Talaq and Khulla

Talaq is the Islamic term for divorce. A talaq is used to end a contract of marriage the nikah, under the terms of Islamic sharia. It should be...

Are Secret Accounts Really the Best Idea?

When it comes to getting a divorce, money always comes into play when dealing with alimony, assets and especially child support. Many people are...

Jail Isn’t Always the Best Option for Those Owing Child Support

Often times, custodial parents might agree that someone who doesn’t pay child support should be forced to deal with the potential consequences....

Spending Time Apart Isn’t Good for a Marriage

Being in the military has its fair share of drawbacks. Military personnel are well aware of the fact that being in the military and serving...

Who Gets the Debt: Divorce and Bankruptcy

Divorces can be very complex, especially when there are major financial obligations, property and debts to divide. The situation can get very...

Parent Visitation Rights FAQ

Any divorce or child custody case can be difficult. Once parental responsibility is established, having a chance to spend time with the minor...

Divorce Mediation is Another Option for Florida Divorce

Litigating a divorce may always be an option for Florida couples, but it isn't the only option. For couples that want an alternative, there is...

Settling Your Family Law Case When a Settlement Proposal Is in the Margin of Error

The decision on when to settle a family law case is a difficult one. This article suggests that the time in most circumstances to settle is when...

Marriage Features Between Ukrainian Citizen and Non-resident

Another, as we may say, and at least an adult step in the life of almost every person is marriage. As they say, love knows no age boundaries and...

Making the Decision to Adopt

There are many questions you need to ask yourself before making the life-changing decision to adopt a child.

Supreme Court Ruling: Man Convicted of Domestic Violence Barred from Possessing a Gun

This article talks about an important U.S. Supreme Court decision issued in the case of U.S. v. Castleman, 12-1371. This was a unanimous opinion...

What To Do As A Dad Dealing With Divorce

Dads can end up dealing with the worst of the consequences after a divorce. Seeking the most knowledgeable Atlanta divorce lawyer to handle your...

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

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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.

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,...

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...

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...


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