Some Factors that Determine who Gets Child Custody

Child custody is a very sensitive matter because it affects a child’s future. In order to ensure that the future of your child is secure despite the split in the family, it is important that his custody be given to the right parent. Domestic Violence If there is documented proof that one of the parents abuses the family emotionally, physically or financially, the other parent gets the custody naturally. Often, emotional security and a peaceful childhood is given preference over an opulent life for the child. Addiction ParentsContinue reading

Child Support – Tips for Reaching an Agreement

When a married couple divorces, child support becomes a raging issue if it is not sorted out amicably. The children may bear the brunt of ugly discussions and verbal spats. At times, a mediator can help both parents discuss the situation and make the right decisions. Obviously, the spouse who must pay for child support feels the need to negotiate and the spouse looking after the children seeks more support. Here are some tips to reach an agreement. Keep the proof ready If you are the parent seekingContinue reading

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is an extension of “divorce by mutual agreement”. It is a process in which lawyers of both the partners cooperate with each other and work together in order to help their respective clients reach a quick and amicable settlement. As per family law, both the partners and their lawyers are required to sign a participatory agreement which states that in case a satisfactory settlement does not result from the process, the lawyers will pull out of the case. The role of lawyers is limited to participatingContinue reading

Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody

Couples going through a divorce need to make a special effort to ensure that their kids’ future is not jeopardized because of the case. When discussing the matter of child custody, children’s interests should be given top priority. Unless one of the parents is found mentally unfit for parenting, both the parents get equal parenting time be it joint or sole custody. In joint custody, decisions regarding the child are made jointly by both the parents. In sole custody, only the parent who has the custody makes decisionsContinue reading

Social Security and Divorce – Some FAQs

One question that family lawyers answer most frequently is “what happens to the social security benefits after the split?”  Who can collect social security benefits? You should be at least 62 years old and married to the same person for at least a decade. You should not have remarried. Your personal benefits should be less than the ex-spouse’s benefits. You should be eligible for the benefits. You are eligible for them if your ex-spouse is remarried. If you did not work, you can receive social security benefits onContinue reading

Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce

A divorce is a legal dissolution of marriage. An uncontested divorce is the most preferred option. The petitioner and the spouse agree not to contest the terms of the divorce. An uncontested divorce saves a lot of time and effort for both parties. A good divorce attorney can help in settling such divorce petitions quickly – without the hard feelings. An Uncontested Divorce is Less expensive Most negotiations in a divorce can become lengthy if there is any contest of the divorce terms. However, more often than not, theContinue reading