Family law articles include information about divorce, child custody, child support and adoption.

For the Love of Pets, How Does Pet Custody Work?

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Our bond with animals can run very deep to the point of kinship, and it is felt by the humans as well as the animals involved. Dogs tend to think of the family as their own special pack, just like a pack of dogs. Cats often feel the same, too. Our furry family members seem […]

Did Alex Jones’ Parental Alienation Cause Him to Lose His Custody Battle?

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In April 2017,  we learned about Alex Jones and his custody battle with his ex-wife, and as of two months ago, it appears there are still issues between the two parents. Times have been hard on the famous fringe entertainment personality. Over the past few months, he has been blasted with several lawsuits that have […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Divorce

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A small percentage of marriages end easily and cleanly with little argument from either side. Most divorces require a bit of push and pull before reaching a settlement. Here is some basic information that can help you to get the best possible outcome once the divorce process is all said and done. Honestly, there really […]

Thanks for Paying My Student Loans, I Want a Divorce

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Sometimes great sacrifices are made in the name of love, but as some relationships grow apart and divorce comes into the picture, things that were once lovingly offered can transform into incredibly painful obligations and losses. Chances are that you might have made some of those great sacrifices for love. One thing that ends up […]

Recent Tax Bill Affects Alimony Starting January 2019

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If you haven’t heard by now, the new tax bill reaches far and wide to affect individual’s in all kinds of difficult situations—and that includes divorcing couples and the children involved. On Jan. 1, 2019, Trump’s rushed tax code to overturn tax deductions on alimony will go into effect. Lawyers are already seeing a rise […]

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Pennsylvania Adoption Law Now Allows Adoptees Rights to Their Birth Certificates

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Until now, adoptees over 18 couldn’t apply for their birth records because their adoption records were sealed. Folks that have not been adopted have always had this ability, but sadly, it was not so easy for those that were released by their birth parents. For 33 years, adoptees have been required to petition the courts […]

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After 25 Years, Ohio Bill to Improve Child Support Makes it to Senate Floor

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Nationwide, the amount of overdue child support amounts to $114 billion. Ohio parents, alone, “owe more than $4.5 billion in unpaid child support”, according to a recent article from Cincinnati.com.  Interestingly enough, there are five states that haven’t managed to revise their child support system for over two decades. Ohio hasn’t made changes to the […]

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How Do You Calculate Colorado Child Support?

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In every Colorado divorce or paternity case involving children, the Colorado family law court steps in to determine whether one parent owes the other child support to assist in the financial expenses associated with child-rearing. Between themselves, separated parents must divide all the expenses of their children in proportion to their respective incomes and personal […]

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Illinois Revamps Child Support Calculations

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New child support calculations will be implemented on July 1, 2017. Prior to this overhaul of the calculations, child support was generally determined based upon the payor’s income and number of children. For example, a person who was obligated to pay child support (generally the non-custodial parent) had to pay 20% of his or her […]

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What Should I Know About Retirement Planning?

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Preparing for retirement can be a complex process, but fortunately lawyers can ensure that those considering retirement have legally sound, effective retirement plans. Attorneys who specialize in elder law, estate planning law or probate law may be able to assist clients with retirement preparations. These attorneys may be able to handle all the details concerning […]

Can I Get a Divorce Without a ‘Get’?

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An Orthodox Jewish woman has launched a social media campaign to help her obtain a ‘get,’ or religious divorce from her husband. According to CBS New York, Rivky Stein has created a Facebook page in which she accuses her husband of emotional and physical abuse, including raping and beating her, while she was pregnant. The […]

Who Is Responsible For Student Loan Debt Following a Divorce?

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The Wall Street Journal reported recently that college students and alumni are now more in debt than ever because of student loans, with students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2012 having an outstanding loan balance of $29,400. Those with advanced degrees have even more. This leaves some people facing an interesting question: Who is responsible […]

Former Olympian Johnny Weir Involved in Bitter Divorce Battle

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Former Olympic figure skater and color commentator Johnny Weir and his husband are involved in a tumultuous divorce battle. According to NJ.com, the couple, who have reportedly vacated their Lyndhurst, N.J. home, have filed pleadings before the court disputing ownership of assets, personal property and custody of their pets. It has also been reported that […]

Can the creation of guardianship by a parent be challenged?

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It is wise for parents to name legal and physical guardians of their minor children to serve in the event of their deaths. But the creation of a guardianship by a parent is not always controlling. Pennsylvania law provides that all custody cases must be decided in the best interests of the child. Anything which […]

Can separated or divorced parents be required to contribute to the costs of their children’s college or private school?

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In the early 1990s, several Pennsylvania courts and the Pennsylvania legislature attempted to require separated or divorced parents to contribute toward their children’s college costs. In 1995, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that since child support obligations cease when the recipient child reaches his or her 18th birthday, no extension of additional obligations for college […]

Can separated or divorced parents be required to contribute to the costs of their children's college or private school?

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In the early 1990s, several Pennsylvania courts and the Pennsylvania legislature attempted to require separated or divorced parents to contribute toward their children’s college costs. In 1995, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that since child support obligations cease when the recipient child reaches his or her 18th birthday, no extension of additional obligations for college […]

Can receiving a personal injury settlement increase your child support payments?

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A Pennsylvania father who worked as a laborer for a paper company was recently required to increase his child support payments when he settled a personal injury claim. The father was initially ordered to pay $200 per month toward the support of his 10 year-old daughter. At the time the order was issued, the father […]

Can a marital agreement be done after the wedding?

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A marital agreement can be made after the wedding whenever differences arise between the parties regarding the future financial issues. The agreement must be based upon some consideration other than the marriage itself. Sometimes such an agreement is made as part of a reconciliation of the parties or following some other dispute. Such an agreement […]