A Child’s Best Interest: The Role of the Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”)
The ending of a marriage means major life changes for children as well as the parents. During legal proceedings, it is often important that the children’s best interests be heard and fairly expressed. Neither parent’s attorney may represent the child. That is where the GAL comes in. Either parent may request that a GAL
Ask These Questions Before You Tie the Knot
You’re in love, maybe you’re engaged to be married, and you know everything about your betrothed. Or do you? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to see couples seeking to divorce because of issues that could have been discovered, discussed — and oftentimes resolved — before they ever walked down the aisle. So, don’t assume — ask.
Ten Tips to Prepare for Your Deposition
During your divorce, you may be required to have your deposition taken. It’s part of what the rules refer to as “discovery.” A deposition is where you are asked live questions by your spouse’s attorney under oath. If your spouse’s attorney schedules your deposition, it will be a very important part of your case. Most
Parent Coordinator Helps Divorced Couples Manage Custody Disputes
Family courts expect divorced parents to work together in good faith to do what’s best for their children. In a perfect world, co-parents create a Parenting Plan and then not only follow it, but also remain flexible enough to solve problems and handle changes as they arise. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. When
10 Documents for a Business Valuation in Divorce
A company that you, your spouse or both of you own, like any other marital asset, is subject to division in the divorce settlement. If the business is considered marital property, determining its value is the next step. Value may be based on historical income generation, future ability to generate income, assets held, or liquidation
Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media During Divorce
Social media can be a terrific way to connect with family and friends. Some use it to celebrate life’s big moments, share news stories, or to express personal opinions. But did you ever consider the consequences of your social media history if you were to divorce? Your life online could be used against you! Setting your
Can You Really Claim Social Security Benefits from Your Ex When You Retire?
You or your ex may qualify for 50% of the other’s Social Security benefits once retired, even if your retirement takes place after the divorce. The guidelines and rules for eligibility are strict! Here is the breakdown on how it works: Who May Claim Social Security Benefits from an Ex? To be eligible to file a
Family Law Legal Fees: The A-B-C’s on How to Keep Costs Down in a Divorce
The initial stages of researching and inevitably obtaining the right attorney to represent your best interests likely feel foreign and overwhelming. Inside knowledge on the process can reduce legal expenses while simultaneously providing clarity on what to expect when venturing this unknown terrain. Here are some tips for keeping legal fees low from the staff of
Kids’ Summer Camp: Who Pays After Divorce?
Summer camp conjures memories of fun, friendship, and adventure. For separated or divorced parents, determining who is responsible for paying for summer camp can be as bewildering as learning to tie knots or building a fire with two sticks. Take the time to discuss, determine, and agree upon a plan NOW to ensure your co-parenting
Assemble the Documents: 10 Essential Items to Show Your Divorce Lawyer
d Legal SeparationProcesses Being prepared when meeting with a divorce attorney can save you time and money. Furthermore, it can particularly provide the headway needed to help your proceedings progress more smoothly. How? In order to divide marital property and accounts, they must first be disclosed (and statements can’t lie). 10 Essential Documents: Checklist ___
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