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Understanding Child Support

By |2020-06-12T00:03:15+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Every child has the right to financial support from their parents until they reach the age of majority, which is between eighteen and twenty-one, depending on the state.    In almost every case, the parent who has the children less than fifty percent of the time will pay child support to the other parent. There are exceptions. Some parents split child-rearing time 50-50 and make almost the same amount of money. Other times, the parent who spends the majority of [...]

The Fate of Fido: Settling the Issue of Who Gets the Family Pet

By |2020-08-25T11:05:27+00:00May 27th, 2020|featured, Legal Issues|

For many pet owners, their furry companions are family. In many cases, both spouses want to spend time with and care for their family's dog or cat.    A court views your pet as property, and they can only make the same sort of rulings for them as they would make for any other property.    Thankfully, if you and your spouse can reach an agreement, you can create whatever kind of arrangement makes sense for you, your spouse, your [...]

Fast FAQ: Custody

By |2020-06-12T00:05:26+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Q: What is "custody?" A: The term "custody" refers to a parent's legal right or obligation to house and care for their children, and to make decisions concerning their upbringing, schooling, religion, medical care, and other matters.    Q: What types of custody arrangements are available to us? A: The best custody determination occurs when both parents agree on custody matters without going to court. In these situations, their lawyers or mediator can draw up whatever agreement works for a [...]

FAQ: Divorce Trial

By |2020-06-04T22:28:56+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Q: How much does a trial cost? A: Divorce trials can be costly. For your lawyer to prepare for and conduct a divorce trial seldom costs less than $10,000 to $20,000. Costs can go even higher, even up to $100,000 or more if the issues are complex, and include disputes such as the value of a self-owned business or a custody dispute where each parent desires primary custody. By the time your case goes to trial, you should have a [...]

FAQ: Alimony

By |2020-06-12T00:06:39+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Here are some frequently asked questions about alimony.   Q: Is there a difference between alimony, spousal support, and maintenance? A: No. You may hear your attorney use these terms interchangeably because they are all different ways of describing the same legal concept. Although they can be used interchangeably, we will only use the term alimony for the sake of simplicity.   Q: What is rehabilitative alimony? A: The most common purpose of alimony is to give one spouse, who [...]

Should I move out of our family home?

By |2020-06-10T22:48:41+00:00May 26th, 2020|Legal Issues|

No one wants to live with their ex, but deciding when, how, and whom to move out of the family home can be stressful and perplexing. Here are the key issues to consider. Can you afford to remain in the family home? If you or your spouse moved out, where would you go? Most likely, one of you will wind up renting an apartment or buying another home. Based on how much money you and your spouse have and how [...]

Starting a Divorce

By |2020-06-12T00:09:58+00:00May 26th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Divorce is about division. The spouses are dividing one household into two. They are dividing their assets, time with their children, and their possessions. The first step is to take stock of what there is to divide.   In most states, the starting point for your divorce is the "domestic relations financial affidavit" (DRFA). The DRFA is a sworn statement attesting to your household finances. This can include: Income Assets Debts Liabilities Monthly expenses Take your time to make for [...]

Online Divorce: Can It Really Be That Easy?

By |2021-07-21T18:45:07+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

In a divorce, there are a lot of logistics to work through. Every divorce is unique, and with emotions riding high, working with your spouse to end your marriage equitably can be very difficult. A trial is expensive. The less time you and your spouse can spend in front of a judge, the more money you will save. But mediators and lawyers can also cost a pretty penny. That's why more and more people are choosing to use online tools, [...]

What’s Worth Fighting Over (and what’s not)

By |2020-06-11T22:28:46+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

Divorce is complicated. There are so, so many decisions to make. Every fight you have with your spouse requires an investment of your energy and money. It's essential to pick and choose your battles. Here is an exercise you can do right now to decide what is and isn't worth fighting over. Here is an activity you can do to help simplify the process of reaching an agreement with your spouse.   Get some paper and a pen. Then, set [...]

Top 5 Questions To Consider When Discussing Visitation and Custody With Your Spouse

By |2020-06-09T20:34:58+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

Too often, custody and visitation schedules can become a contentious issue between divorcing parents. Any compromise can feel like giving up your children or your role as a parent. Let these five questions be your guide in making a sensible, practical, and beneficial parenting arrangement for all involved.    1. What was the parenting arrangement before the divorce?  Think carefully about how much time each parent spent with the children before the word “divorce” entered the conversation. Take, for example, [...]

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