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Child Support Is Not Payment for Visitation Rights

"I'm behind on child support payments, and my ex has denied me visitation with my kids. Is that legal?" Absolutely not. Let's explain: There's this myth that child support and ...
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Tips to Protect Your Child Through a Divorce

Did you know that out of all the children born this year, 50% will experience the divorce of their parents before they turn 18-years-old? Some of these kids will have to learn about child custody in ...
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What Is Divorce Mediation & How Can It Help?

American television shows and movies give a powerful depiction of what divorces can be. The spouses are bitter and angry, fighting over seemingly insignificant items and saying things like "you ...
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Benefits of an Open Adoption

The adoption process can be more than intimidating. Choosing where, who, and how to adopt can be a whirlwind experience. In the past, many couples in America were set on closed adoption situations. An ...
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Does a Cheating Spouse Affect a Divorce?

Your marriage is coming to an end, and a divorce is imminent. As you think through all the complications that come with a divorce, you wonder if your spouse's adultery will affect the divorce. The ...
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Financial Tips for Divorce

Researchers estimate that up to 50% of first marriages in the United States will end in divorce. For second and subsequent marriages, the divorce rate only increases. Why so many divorces in the 21st ...
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What Should I Do With My Rings After the Divorce?

When couples file for divorce, some of them continue wearing their wedding band until the divorce is final, while others can't slip their rings off fast enough. While it's been custom to ...
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Are You Thinking About Stepparent Adoption?

If you are thinking about adopting your stepchild, then your stepson or stepdaughter is very lucky to have you indeed. Adopting a stepchild is a lifelong responsibility and commitment, one that's ...
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What You Should Know About Child Custody

If you are getting a divorce and you have minor children with your spouse, you will want to learn all about your state's laws regarding child custody. While each state has enacted its own laws ...
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What it Means to Become a ‘Guardian’

When it comes to caring for a child, different legal terms come into play, such as child custody, visitation, adoption, foster parenting, and guardianship. For the purposes of this post, we are going ...
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Rights of Unwed Fathers

In today's society, more and more children are being born out of wedlock and this raises questions about a father's parental rights. If you are an unmarried father, you may be wondering about ...
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Is it Illegal for Step-Siblings to Marry?

This topic may seem taboo, but ask any family therapist and you'll learn that they've been approached about this subject for years. When therapists bring it up, people think they're crazy ...
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Legally Separated, But Not Divorced

Divorce, separation, legal separation – they don't all mean the same things. Sometimes a married couple will say that they are "separated" because one spouse moved out of the home, ...
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Dividing Property by Equitable Distribution

When people are headed for divorce, their foremost concerns revolve around child custody and property division. If you file for divorce, you will want to know which system your state uses to divide ...
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Can Spousal Support Be Changed?

When couples divorce, they will consider whether alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, should be awarded. Each couple's financial situation is different, so the courts do not take ...
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How Cohabitation Affects Alimony

Each state enacted its own laws about alimony, otherwise known as spousal support or maintenance, but as a general rule, spouses are expected to financially support each other, and this obligation may ...
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Divorce: Should You Move Out?

During a divorce, there are certainly steps that you should take and ones that you should not take. Take the marital home for example: If you're like most couples, it's the largest asset of ...
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Community Property States

In regards to property division in a divorce, each state either follows the equitable division or community property model. In the United States, the equitable division model is more common, however, ...
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Does the End of Summer Trigger Divorce?

There is something about the summer and the holidays that cause spouses, particularly spouses with children, to put their divorce plans on the backburner. Often, people will decide to put off their ...
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Can I Move Away With My Kids?

Once a couple divorces, their lives change in many ways. Five years after a divorce, their lives may not even resemble what they were like during the marriage, and that's common in families. After ...
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