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Study finds increase in co-habitation agreements

Couples are living together and remaining unmarried at higher rates than ever before. While the evolving definition of "family" is an ongoing ethical question, the fact remains that couples are choosing not to get married. They choose for a variety of reasons: financial, commitment, philosophical or a variety of all three. The result has been a surge in changes to traditional family law concepts, like the prenuptial agreement.

Divorce affects older children as well

Divorce rates among older couples are increasing at an impressive rate. These late-divorces come with new problems like how to deal with retirement, pensions and properties at an age when they are approaching retirement and may be unable to work. Additionally, there is a tendency among late-divorce couples to treat their adult children as unaffected by their decision to divorce. But research is showing that divorces are incredibly difficult on adult children.

How can mediation serve your needs?

There are a plethora of myths surrounding divorce mediation. Mediation is simply another tool used by lawyers and the courts to settle divorces. The increase in divorces has inundated courts and lawyers with cases. In fact, many courts now mandate mediation prior to litigation to get couples to settle out of court. This post will go over mediation and what you can expect from it.

A new definition of human life?

The Missouri legislature is currently considering a new definition of human life. A bill is being debated which, if enacted, would extend the definition of human life to include frozen embryos. This is done to override the judicial rulings that treat frozen embryos as property for purposes of divorce and post-divorce disputes. If enacted, this would be the first state in the country to expand the definition of human life this far.

Can you create "living together" contracts?

Married couples have prenuptial and postnuptial agreements to organize their divorces, but what do unmarried couples have? More and more couples cohabitate without getting married. Some couples have responded by drafting "living together contracts" or cohabitation agreements. These contracts try to set-up a procedure in the event of a break-up.

Divorce: the basics of community property

If you are considering divorce then that means you and your spouse must divide up your assets. This covers everything from bank accounts, to furniture, cars, houses and retirement accounts. Who owns what depends on a variety of factors. This article will go over those factors and how they may apply to you.

What happens if you don't pay child support?

The Texas Attorney General is required by state law to create programs to locate and arrest delinquent parents. Child support means mandatory payments from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. These payments aren't owed to your spouse; they're owed to your children. Unlike spousal support and other asset division orders, for these payments, the court must approve all changes to the support arrangement. This article will go over what happens if you are delinquent on your payments.

An overview of how child support is calculated

Child support are payments made by one parent to the other to support the raising of their child. When one party has sole custody of the child, the non-custodial parent must pay child support to the custodial parent. If the couple holds joint custody, it is possible that no child support payments will be ordered because both parents are engaged in raising the child.

If my child is going to college, do I still owe child support?

This is a complicated question that is highly fact-dependent. Continued child support depends on your child's academic achievement; if college is a realistic option. It depends on your and your spouse's success. Is your child expected to follow in your footsteps? Did you always expect him or her to go to college, to become a doctor or a lawyer? These are just some of the factors the court will examine to determine if you must pay child support through college and post-secondary school.

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