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December 2015 Archives

Gatekeeper parents may attempt to violate visitation rights

As many divorced parents can attest, maintaining a good relationship with your children can be challenging if you do not have physical custody. The fact is, the conditions of your child custody agreement may place limitations on how much time you can spend with your children. And of course meshing you schedule with the visitation schedule can also be very difficult.

Alimony can serve to help you build your new life

Getting divorced can offer you a fresh start on your life. This is especially true if you were dedicated to playing the role of homemaker throughout the duration of your marriage. If this is the case, then perhaps you placed the needs of your family above some of your own ambitions. But now, you may have the chance to pursue the opportunities that you had previously put on the shelf.

Should I have a postnuptial agreement?

Most people are familiar with the concept of a prenuptial agreement, which both parties sign before a marriage. The prenup is a vehicle designed to protect assets that individuals bring to the marriage. The postnup, on the other hand, is a document that is entered into by both parties after the marriage, specifying the division of marital property.

The benefits of establishing paternity

Paternity is defined as a child's legal father. This is different from biological fatherhood, which is presumed when the parents are married. Establishing paternity is an extra step unmarried fathers should take because it grants you and your child specific rights. The easiest way to do this is for both parents to sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity document; in other cases, a court order and DNA testing can establish paternity.

Do your New Year's resolutions include divorce?

Most people want to start a new year with a clean slate, and for many people that can mean divorce. In fact, a representative of an organization that focuses on matrimonial legal issues claims that divorce filings increase by a third every January. This surge in filings occurs because many families wait until after the holidays to initiate divorce proceedings.

Am I at financial risk because I stayed home with the children?

Some families with young children find it easier to divide wage-earning and child-rearing duties. For families that can subsist on one income, this arrangement can be ideal for young children. But what happens when divorce enters the picture? For a divorcing parent who hasn't been building a career, maintaining a separate household can be a scary prospect.

Paternity action establishes fatherhood for NBA player

In general, there are two reasons for a man to get a DNA test to prove if he is the father of a child. One reason is that the man does not believe he is the child's father and thus should not be held financially responsible for the child's expenses. The other reason is because the father believes he is the child's biological father and wants to have father's rights and a relationship with the child.

How divorced parents can make their children's holidays brighter

Holiday festivities can be difficult to navigate after a divorce, particularly for families who've recently separated. Your parenting agreement specifies visitation dates, but may not provide much guidance beyond that. Just as the courts keep the child's best interests in the forefront, there are steps you and your ex-spouse can take to make the holiday season memorable and exciting for the children.

Some custody issues can be settled through emancipation

It's not unusual for teenagers to long for freedom from adult interference. In most families all that's required is the passage of time and teens will remain in the custody of their legal guardians until reaching the legal age of adulthood. However, there are certain circumstances where it would be best for a teen to be solely accountable for his or her own care.

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