Find A Local Divorce Attorney

Dec 20, 2012 by

Finding the right divorce lawyer is an important part of getting a divorce. The challenges of divorce are difficult to deal with without the added pressure of legal matters too. A competent divorce attorney can make the whole ordeal a lot smoother and allow you to focus your time and attention on other areas of your life. Attempting to resolve a bitterly contested split without a good divorce lawyer could be a disastrous mistake that could affect your life negatively for many years to come. An...

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Calculating Child Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce is difficult, often involving anger and confusion; a major issue in divorce is child support. Access to information empowers individuals with understanding of important changes in their lives. Each state determines procedures for calculating child support; therefore, a parent seeking to establish or modify a child support order must research the particular state’s rules. To facilitate the child support process most states utilize a formula or “calculator,” using...

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Canada Proposes New Divorce & Child Custody Laws

Aug 8, 2012 by

The Canadian Province of British Columbia is proposing sweeping changes to existing laws on separation, divorce and child custody. A new Family Law Act will encourage out-of-court settlements instead of costly legal battles in front of a judge. The proposed changes are part of an overhaul of the 32-year old Family Relations Act, which the government intends to replace with a new Family Law Act early next year. B.C. Attorney General Mike de Jong said that families who need a court’s help...

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DUI & Child Custody – More than Just Money?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Everyone knows that a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol can be a very expensive proposition. One first-time DUI conviction can easily end up costing a driver over $10,000 in associated fines and costs in most states today. However, the non-financial aspects of a DUI conviction can often turn out to be far more costly than the monetary penalties. While the fines for driving under the influence vary from state to state, there are no bargains. It is a good bet...

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Pet Custody Cases on the Rise

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorcing couples have always fought like cats and dogs over child custody in divorce court, but these days it is becoming increasingly common that the battles are actually about who gets custody of the cats and dogs in the home. Members of the 1,600-member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers concur on this point and have reported that divorce lawyers across the nation have seen a steady rise in the number of pet custody cases on the docket that began in 2000, and continues to rise...

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Dad’s Custody Dilemma

Aug 8, 2012 by

A Tennessee man who was arrested in Japan after trying to get back his own abducted children back has been awarded $6.1 million from his ex-wife in U.S. courts. The record award stems from an incident where Christopher Savoie’s Japanese ex-wife, Noriko Esaki Savoie, left Tennessee with her two young children to live permanently in Japan even though her American husband had joint custody rights. After Noriko Savoie moved the children to Japan, a Williamson County court gave her husband...

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Divorce Attorney Expenses

Aug 8, 2012 by

The divorce laws that govern the processes and rights concerning property, custody, support and alimony are entirely dependant on the state where you live. This means that although the termination of a marriage is the common factor in every divorce, most of the laws governing the details of the process are state specific and can vary a bit. Although there used to be “fault divorces” used in some jurisdictions, all states have now placed “no-fault” divorce laws on...

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Parental Alienation Syndrome – Part II: Are Your Children Suffering From Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)?

Aug 8, 2012 by

In Part I of this article, I discussed Parental Alienation Syndrome, or PAS, generally. Now let’s look at the type of conduct that causes Parental Alienation Syndrome. As you look at each one, ask yourself if you (or your spouse) are engaging in PAS. (Remember, often times it is unintentional.) 1.    COURT TALK: Discuss your court case and/or your spousal and child support concerns with your attorney, NOT WITH YOUR CHILDREN. When your spouse is driving around in a Ferrari...

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Reduce Your Attorney Fees – Part III

Aug 8, 2012 by

When you hear stories of high profile divorce cases where the attorney’s fees rival the price you paid for your home, you can be sure of one thing: the divorce is a bitter one. But aren’t divorce cases inherently acrimonious? No. Certainly most of the divorce cases that make the news are dramatic; but divorce cases in general don’t need to be. In addition to causing additional emotional pain, a rancorous divorce can cause the attorney’s fees incurred in a case to spiral...

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Types of Child Custody

Aug 8, 2012 by

Child custody in a divorce comes in several different types and it is important to understand how they differ before you enter into a custody settlement you might regret for many years. As most divorce attorneys will tell you, child custody has two main components, the first is legal custody which means a parent has the right to make decisions for a child, usually concerning such things as medical decisions, educational decisions, and living arrangements. The second main type of child custody...

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Working with Your Divorce Attorney

Aug 8, 2012 by

The end of a marriage can be a life-changing event. Divorces are not easy or fun for anyone involved in the process and emotions typically run high when people’s lives are upset and rearranged. Making divorce decisions based on emotional reactions is always risky, and a more rational approach will usually yield better results. A good divorce attorney can help you maintain a level headed approach, but you can maximize the time and money spent if you are prepared to address the issues...

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What age is it in Tennessee that a child can say who she wants to live with?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What age is it in Tennessee that a child can say who she wants to live with? State:  Tennessee Answer:  The state of Tennessee will “listen” to the wishes of a minor child once they reach the age of 12. Like most states, Tennessee bases child custody and support decisions on what is in the best interests of the child. A child 12 or older can give their opinion as to which parent they would like to stay with....

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Child custody and Alimony

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband and I been married for 4 years. We have 3 kids. a newborn and 6years old twins. Being the mother and not working will I get custody of the kids and will I get any alimony from him in California? State:  California Answer:  It would be difficult to guess exactly what the custody and support decsions of the court will be, but without knowing the specifics of your case it does sound like you’d probably qualify for...

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Child custody

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Hi, A friend of mine (a female) is married, and they have a 5 year old son. She has fallen in love with another man, and has told her husband this. He is threatening that, if she leaves him for this other man, he will get custody of their son, and she will not. She has not cheated on her husband, but I wonder if that even matters in court. She is afraid that her husband will try to prove otherwise, and she will lose her son. She works full time, makes about 30K a year,...

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Is there a law that will force my husband to pay for my attorney?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  i want to get a divorce but my income is low,my husband has a retirement from the 20 years he did in the navy and he is working for the postal services for 3 years,how can i afford a lawyer and move out whit my children?is it a law that will force him to pay for my attorney and help me financially until the divorce is final?thank you State:  Missouri Answer:  You can ask the court to issue temporary support orders to cover...

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Divorce and child custody with non us citizen

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Divorce and child custody with non us citizen? **Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by Divorce.com, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. State:  Alabama ...

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divorce and child support

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  If my wife had an affair and she has one son and I have the other – should I still have to pay her child support? State:  Louisiana Answer:  Even if you and your wife have agreed that each parent will have custody of one child, you may still be liable for child support if you have not agreed on how costs are to be divided and the issue is brought to court. Fault of the parents in the divorce or separation does not have...

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Can I file a suit on a woman who had an affair with my husband? Child custody question.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband recently had an affair and I have filed for divorce. The lady had a baby and my question is -can I file a suit on her? State:  Mississippi Answer:  The answer would be yes, you can file suit on nearly anyone – if you have a valid reason for doing so – otherwise, it will be a waste of time and money. In this case, the terms of your impending divorce agreement will more likely be the source of any revenge...

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If divorce papers are signed, Can 1 of the people change custody of the child or money?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Once papers are signed in the state of Georgia can one of the people change anything in the papers such as custody of the child or money? State:  Georgia Answer:  Yes, you can have court ordered divorce agreements like child custody arrangements or the amount of support payments changed after the divorce has been finalized. You will have to go back to court if there has been a substantial change of circumstance that has a...

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What goes on in a divorce proceeding of a husband and wife who have children but NO assets?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What goes on in a divorce proceeding of a husband and wife who have children but NO assets? State:  Alabama Answer:  Great question. If there are no assets, then there is nothing for the court to divide. And if you and your spouse can agree on a custody arrangement, there is not much left for a court to do besides grant the divorce, and determine child support. When you say “no assets” you had better be certain that...

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