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Children and Divorce – Education Expenses

A closeup of a female graduate in her cap and gown in front of a money background. Great conceptual image for the cost of a quality education

Parents always want the best for their children, including a quality education.  Unfortunately, education expenses can fall far down on the list of priorities in the midst of a divorce, when custody and other financial considerations become urgent issues.  Unfortunately, there is no law that guarantees payments for education beyond that available through public.  There is also no law that …

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Children and Divorce – Grandparent Rights

Grandparents spending time with young grandchildren

Our office receives a lot of inquiries about grandparents rights.  As a general rule, custody is an issue solely between the legal parents of a child.  However, there are circumstances in which grandparents can petition for custody or visitation rights.  Most often the situation arises when one parent is deceased and the parents of the deceased spouse require court intervention …

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Children and Divorce – Guardian Ad Litem

Angel

Child custody can be one of the most highly contested issues in the legal system, as well as one of the most challenging issues for the court to resolve.  In order to assist the courts with resolving custody cases, the court will often appoint a Guardian Ad Litem to investigate the circumstances of the parents and the children and make …

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Children and Divorce – Children as Witnesses

Child with hands over mouth as if unwilling to speak or provide testimony

What’s goes on behind the closed doors of a family home are known only to those that live there. So, what happens when Mom and Dad have different versions of what happened in the marital home?  Often, the only other witnesses are the children.  The children see or hear the domestic violence, the strange men or women who may visit …

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Home Ownership During Family Changes – Part 4

picture of Last Will and Testament envelope

For most people, the American dream includes owning your own home. However, family changes can affect home ownership, and should be considered by present or prospective home owners. As part of this multi-part series, we will explore how changes in life, such as marriage, divorce, aging and death, can affect home ownership. HOME OWNERSHIP AND DEATH Many people plan for …

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Home Ownership During Family Changes – Part 3

An elderly couples sits at a table in front of a house

For most people, the American dream includes owning your own home. However, family changes can affect home ownership, and should be considered by present or prospective home owners. As part of this multi-part series, we will explore how changes in life, such as marriage, divorce, aging and death, can affect home ownership. PART 3 – HOME OWNERSHIP AND AGING Home …

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Home Ownership During Family Changes – Part 2

Picture of a home divided in half because of divorce

For most people, the American dream includes owning your own home. However, family changes can affect home ownership, and should be considered by present or prospective home owners. As part of this multi-part series, we will explore how changes in life, such as marriage, divorce, aging and death, can affect home ownership. HOME OWNERSHIP AND DIVORCE Divorce is a difficult …

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Home Ownership During Family Changes – Part 1

A young couple sits on a sofa surrounded by boxes and enjoys their new home

For most people, the American dream includes owning your own home. However, family changes can affect home ownership, and should be considered by present or prospective home owners. As part of this multi-part series, we will explore how changes in life, such as marriage, divorce, aging and death, can affect home ownership. MARRIAGE AND HOME OWNERSHIP In today’s society, couples …

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Modification of Child Support When A Child Turns 18

Dad With Teens

A non-custodial parent subject to an order for child support for more than one child should review his (or her) child support obligation when the oldest child turns 18.  When that happens, it is appropriate for the non-custodial parent to seek a modification of child support to reflect an accurate support amount for the remaining number of minor children the …

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When is it too late to sign a will?

Aged Hand With Nurse Hand

Our office gets a lot of calls from people who have a loved one, usually a parent, whose health has significantly declined and they realize that the person never signed a Last Will and Testament.  The call usually comes after a close call, a fall, a stroke or a heart attack.  Unfortunately, in many cases, it is too late to …

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