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Best Interests of the Children

How Are the “Best Interests of the Children” Determined?

When a couple with children decides to get divorced, the first question is usually: how will it affect the children? In most cases, everyone wants what’s best for the children, including the court, but what, exactly, does that mean? And how does a court determine what’s in the best interests of the children? Ideally, the …

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You’re Getting Married and Your Future Spouse Has an Adopted Child, What Does This Mean for You?

While getting married and having kids is great, and relatively straightforward from a legal perspective, life doesn’t always go that smoothly. Sometimes the kids come before marriage, whether from a prior relationship or through adoption. So what does that mean for you if you’re about to become the newest addition to an existing family? Marrying …

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Spouse Refuses to Participate in the Divorce Process

When Your Spouse Refuses to Participate in the Divorce Process

The best-case scenario for a divorce is an uncontested divorce, in which both parties agree to the dissolution of the marriage and cooperate in the dividing of marital property and determining things like alimony and custody (if necessary). But sometimes one spouse refuses to participate in the divorce process, making it difficult to complete the …

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Common Mistakes People Make During Divorce

Common Mistakes People Make During Divorce

We all make mistakes, especially when we’re stressed and feeling emotional. Few things are more stressful or more emotional than divorce, but that’s also when it’s most important to refrain from making any mistakes. When litigating and/or settling divorce, it’s nothing less than our lives at stake. In addition to financial assets and alimony, any …

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How Do I Get Temporary Support Until My Divorce Is Final?

Divorce agreements commonly include orders for alimony and/or child support, but the divorce process can take months, or even years, to complete. So what do you do if you can’t wait that long to pay your bills? Fortunately, you can file a petition for temporary relief. Once the court receives the proper form (which varies, …

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Can I Get Granted Visitation Rights to My Step-Children if Their Parent and I Divorce?

Parental Responsibility cases can be ugly between divorcing biological parents. But when a biological parent and a step-parent get divorced, does that step-parent have legal visitation rights? The answer depends on what state you live in. In general, step-parents seeking visitation rights are facing an uphill battle if the biological parent is still living and …

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