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July 2016 Archives

Top 5 mistakes people make during their divorces

While divorce is rarely easy, it is often made even more complicated when there are substantial amounts of assets or money involved. These complexities can lead to months, or even years of legal wrangling since one mistake can literally cost a person millions of dollars.

Things parents should pay attention to during divorce

Divorce can be an emotional vortex that sucks the happiness out of you. Additionally, the void of love and joy can affect children. As such, parents who are embroiled in custody and parenting time disputes must recognize that many of the things they do to justify their positions could negatively affect their kids. .

Custody arrangements for children with special needs

When two parents are attempting to work together in the best interests of their children while undergoing divorce proceedings, the process is already a difficult one. Determining how to share responsibilities and rights while keeping the good of each child at the forefront of decision-making with a partner with whom you no longer want to build a life can be made even more complicated when there is a "special needs" child who must receive love and care from all parties. Child support charts like those typically used to determine parental responsibilities often do not account for the additional expenses and requirements that are involved in caring for a child with special needs. When working through this particularly delicate process, special care must be taken to address the additional complicating factors that may be an ongoing part of the lives of both the child and the parents.

Tips on preparing for an initial consultation with a lawyer

If you are considering a divorce or are in the midst of a custody or parenting time battle, chances are that you will be advised by family and friends to get an attorney. After all, going to court by yourself without knowing the rules and nuances of how things work could be harmful to your case.  Also, the advice you get about the process may be limited because it may based only on their past (yet painful) experiences.  

How marijuana use may affect your custody case

As the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has literally become mainstream, and three states (Washington, Colorado and Oregon) legalizing recreational use of the drug, marijuana use is likely to become more of an issue in child custody disputes. While it may be legal in some respects or decriminalized to result in a mere citation, the change in how marijuana is viewed may not translate from criminal courts to family courts.

Could your prenup have an infidelity clause?

Prenuptial agreements are not exclusively for celebrities, especially considering how they are used and the "interesting" clauses that have trickled down to everyday couples. For instance, so-called "lifestyle clauses" which can regulate how often a spouse's in-laws may visit, which spouse is responsible for certain chores, or even weight-limit clauses are being used in prenuptial agreements.

Avoid dangers common to high-profile divorces

Have you heard about the pending high-profile divorce between celebrities Johnny Depp and Amber Heard? So far, their case has been full of high-conflict issues, including requests for alimony and accusations of domestic abuse. While every marriage - and every dissolution of marriage - is unique in its own way, their public battle sheds light on some of the concerns that entertainers and other high profile individuals may face when going through a divorce.

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