Are You Really Ready for Divorce? Find Out the Steps to Get Ready for Divorce

Once you have considered the relevant factors and have decided to file for divorce from your spouse, you will need to learn how to protect your interests.

9 STEPS TO GET READY FOR DIVORCE

1. Think about your children’s well-being first. You have to come to an agreement withDivorce your spouse concerning your children’s Child custody and visitation and Child support/alimony.

2. Read as much articles and books on divorce and divorce process as you can, consult an attorney if you don’t understand some matters. Knowledge about the law and court procedures can make what’s coming a little less frightening.

3. Gather information on your finances and assets, property, income and liabilities. Run a credit report and make copies of your account statements and tax returns, find the values for your cars and house. You can even make a video inventory of the house to be sure you won’t overlook something and thus you’ll have a proof of your words.

4. Assess your personal items. If there are things that matter to you, that you do not want to lose (pictures, family heirlooms, etc.) – document their existence and remove them to a safe place.

5. Change access to accounts: all your passwords for the email, bank account, pension, etc. Be sure not to use new ones that are easy to guess.

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Dissolution Of Marriage: Divorce, Separation, Annulment

marriageThe dissolution of marriage is a legal act that not always coincides with the wishes of both parties. Divorce is a very complicated and typically emotional process that involves division of marital property, debt, custody of any children, payment of child and/or spousal support and others. Generally, divorce is defined as legal termination of a marriage relationship.

divorceIf there are no disagreements between both parties and they can reach a decision on basic divorce issues without going to trial, the divorce is called uncontested. A contested divorce happens when the spouses cannot reach an agreement on terms of divorce and they end up in a court. When a spouse asking for divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong, the divorce is considered to be a no fault divorce. If the reason of divorce is cruelty, adultery, imprisonment of a spouse for several years or other wrongdoings, this makes up a fault divorce.

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Paternity – How Do You Know The Baby Is Yours

pppWhen a wife gives birth to a child it is determined that her husband is the baby’s father. This is called presumption of paternity, that means that as a result of marriage a man is assumed to be the biological father of the child without additional evidences. Paternity means fatherhood and it can be established in two ways:

  • by voluntarily signing  the Acknowledgment of Paternity
  • by petitioning the court to determine paternity

dnaIn the case when the court should determine the biological father of the child, the mother, the child and the presumed father should submit to certain genetic tests. This is usually the DNA testing, where the genetic material of the child is compared against the man’s DNA. This type of testing has the accuracy rate of greater than 99%.

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Separations – Do They Mean The End Of Marriage And Are A Prelude to Divorce?

separateThey say marriages are made in heaven. No one knows how long their marriage will last but once reached the breaking point, the couple decides to separate. Separation means that the married couple is simply living apart. The law does not require a married couple to live together.  A Legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, but living apart. A legal separation isn’t a divorce. A benefit of a legal separation is that it is the last chance to save a marriage by revising spouses’ mistakes and coming to an agreement.

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Child Custody. Who will take legal care of the child after divorce?

Nowadays people get divorced daily. The reasons can be different but the result is always the same in the couples that already have children. The most important question that arise during and after the process of divorce is, who is going to have custody of the child/children.

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Child custody is a legal term that defines the relationship between the child and the parent, where the parent has the right to make decisions for the child and take care of him/her. The decision with which parent the child will reside is made, based on the child’s best interests. That means that the interests of the parents, child’s wishes and child’s relationship with each parent are taken into consideration. Sometimes, people other than child’s parents can obtain custody, including relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, close family friends, or other people who wish to get custody of a child. It is usually called “non-parental” or “third party” custody.

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Mediation 1+1=3. When Two Fight the Third intervenes

Many times the act of justice leaves the parties unsatisfied with the judicial decision and generates conflict between them, because one of them thinks he lost in “looser-winner” game. Mediation is a good alternative in solving problems between two conflicting parties.

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Mediation is the process by which a neutral third party intervenes between two conflicting parties to assist them in reaching a mutually acceptable decision. It is an effective tool for resolving almost all civil non criminal disputes. Mediation generally takes a much less time that litigation resulting in less hourly fees paid to the attorneys and mediator.

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Home Alone: Family Law

Everybody understands that it is always wrong to leave an infant home alone while you are out. There is no way you can even do that. And it does not matter even if you out for a quick run, let us say, to the store. But how do we know when a child is old enough?

It’s already known that there aren’t many laws to guide parents who are unsure if their children are old enough to stay home alone. Just imagine! 15 million children in the United States are home alone after school every day…

State Laws on When a Child is Old Enough to be Alone

Some state laws vary quite a bit, some don’t. For example, Texas does not set a minimum age of a child to able to stay home alone. Others, such as Oregon, set a minimum age of 10 years. In Maryland it is not allowed to leave a child under the age of 8 alone at home or even in a car. There are also states where a minimum age is set for babysitters as well. Anyway, it is always better to contact the state department of health if you are not sure about the law in your state. By the way, it is always the right decision to contact the child services agency for information on that.

Parents Must Supervise Their Children

You are responsible for supervising your child. You cannot simply leave your child home alone. What if something happens, such as a fire or an injury? Of course, you might get a visit from the police. In many states, child neglect is a crime. Usually it is a misdemeanor. Guess what happens next? Right! You could even go to jail if you’re found guilty. So there’s always a way to solve the problem. Make sure that a child who is left home alone is prepared for emergencies.

Family Lawyer Can Help

The law of leaving a child home alone is complicated and when something goes wrong it gets even more complex. And if you have any questions you should definitely contact a family law lawyer.

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Can a Family Lawyer Really Help You in This Case of a Man Who Fathered 30 Children?

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Just when you think that you’ve heard it all, along comes the story of a 33 year old man from Tennessee who has fathered 30 children with 11 different women.  The article can be found on JDJournalNothing But the Truthhttp://www.jdjournal.com/2012/05/21/father-of-30-children-asks-for-break-in-child-support-payments/

Included in the article posted on JDJournal is a short video from Buzz60 which provides additional details and photos - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqyrvt_tennessee-man-fathers-30-kids-needs-help-with-child-support_news?search_algo=1

We would like to thank JDJournal for publishing a human interest story which illustrates that no matter how good the family lawyer is handling the child support payments for one of the 11 unfortunate women that you can’t get blood from a stone.  Since Desmond Hatchett, the father of all 30 children, only earns the minimum wage, some of the women receive as little as $1.49 in child support payments each month.  How ironic is it that Mr. Hatchett is seeking relief from the court in lowering his monthly child support payments?