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What to Know About Financial Disclosures During a Divorce

During a divorce, each spouse must disclosure certain financial information to ensure each party has full knowledge of the other’s finances. Examples include bank statements, mortgage statements, tax returns, pay stubs and statements for brokerage and investment accounts. In addition, each party must provide a Statement of Net Worth which is a document, signed before… Read More »

Updating Your Insurance Policies After a Divorce

Many married couples have combined insurance policies. When you get divorced, you will need to update these policies or cancel them altogether and establish new policies of your own. The following is some quick information regarding how to review and update these policies to reflect that you are no longer married: Life insurance: If you… Read More »

What Does ‘Dissolution of Marriage’ Actually Mean?

As you go through the divorce process, you will likely hear the term “dissolution of marriage” used more than once. What exactly does this mean? In many cases, “dissolution of marriage” is just another way of saying divorce, referring to the process in which you and your spouse can permanently end your marriage. However, there… Read More »

Answers to Key Questions on Guardianship Issues

Our firm regularly receives certain questions about various topics related to family law, including guardianship. Below are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive on this topic: Q: What’s the difference between guardianship and adoption? Guardianship establishes a legal relationship between an adult who is not the child’s parent and… Read More »

Age at Time of Cohabitation Could Be Predictor of Divorce

For many years, it was commonly accepted that cohabitation before marriage increased a couple’s risk of getting divorced. However, research from the Council on Contemporary Families suggests cohabitation does not influence the likelihood of divorce—and never has. Instead, it is the age at the time of cohabitation that’s most likely to predict a divorce. Couples… Read More »

Why Do You Need a Lawyer for Your Divorce?

Even if you and your spouse are on relatively good terms and believe you have come to a mutual agreement regarding child custody and the division of marital property as you head towards divorce, it’s still advisable to seek the assistance of a skilled family law attorney. A divorce decree is a legally binding court… Read More »

The Different Types of Adoptions

If you are looking into adoption, you have several different options depending on your current situation.  Here are some of the various types of adoptions that you may consider:  Adoptions through agencies. Agency adoptions involve placing a child with their adoptive parents through a public agency or a state-licensed private agency. Independent adoption. No agencies… Read More »

What Legal Requirements Must Be Fulfilled Before a Divorce?

Before a couple is able to file a divorce action in court and actually go through the divorce process, there are certain legal requirements that they must fulfill. These requirements include:  Residency. A spouse that chooses to file for a divorce must have resided within the state they are filing for a certain period of… Read More »

Religion and Your Child Custody Arrangement

It’s somewhat common for one parent to change religions after going through a divorce. However, there are legal implications involving child custody and changing religion that must be considered. Religion is actually one of several considerations that courts will take into account when determining custody arrangements, alongside health care, residence, recreation and education.  First, courts… Read More »

When Can You Modify a Child Support Agreement?

Whether you are paying or receiving child support, you may reach a point in the arrangement where you feel like it needs to be modified to reflect your current life situation. But when are the best times to attempt to modify your arrangement, and how do you go about doing so?  Situations that may call… Read More »