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Protecting Your Rights During a Legal Separation

If you and your spouse seek a legal separation, the court can rule on issues such as child custody and support, spousal support, property division and other such issues, just as it would during a divorce. However, during the separation the spouses are still legally married and are not allowed to remarry without a divorce. Read More

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How Divorce Can Impact Children’s School Performance

As you go through and come out of your divorce, keep in mind that you aren’t the only one dealing with the emotional fallout of the process. Your children will likely have some emotional cars as well, and that damage can manifest itself in children’s performance and behavior at school. Here are a few examples Read More

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Tips for Making Child Visitation Easier for Your Kids

Divorce is hard on everyone, but children are often particularly affected, especially young children who might not have the ability to fully understand why their parents are splitting up. Visitation allows the non-custodial parent to have the opportunity to spend quality time with their children, but it can also be emotionally fraught, especially if the Read More

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Ensuring Your Children Have Health Insurance Coverage After a Divorce

After you get divorced, it is likely your children will spend some time living with both you and your ex-spouse, in accordance with your child custody arrangements. One of the issues you’re going to need to address with your ex is how your children will get health insurance coverage. The choices you make will likely Read More

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How Long Does the Average Marriage in America Last?

You’ve probably heard various statements that marriages in America don’t last, or that the divorce rate is at record highs. But is this true? And how long does the average marriage actually last in the United States? Here’s a quick look at the research. Average marriage length The average marriage that ends in divorce lasts Read More

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Divorce Rates Rise Significantly During COVID-19 Pandemic

As many experts predicted would happen, the divorce rate has risen significantly throughout the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-term shutdowns and closures caused many couples to be stuck at home with each other for months at a time, and in relationships that already had a fair amount of tension, this has led Read More

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When Family Courts Do and Don’t Allow Name Changes for Children

The process of petitioning the court to change a child’s name is relatively simple, but the judge will only allow the name change to go forward if they believe it to be in the best interest of the child. This means the standards will vary from case to case. A court is likely to allow Read More

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Government Payments Can Be Used to Pay for Outstanding Child Support

There are a variety of methods parents can use to enforce child support orders when the noncustodial parent becomes delinquent. One of those methods is to seize money from tax refunds or government payments. Here’s an overview of what you should know. Certain government payments can be garnished The Treasury Offset Program allows state child Read More

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Tips for Handling Custody and Visitation During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to people tightening their social circles often to immediate family out of necessity. Social distancing measures implemented by states were put into place to “flatten the curve” to ensure hospitals would not become overwhelmed by new cases. Some of these social distancing measures are beginning to relax, but there are Read More

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The Benefits of e-Mediation

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread changes to the everyday lives of Americans, including the ways we as attorneys interact with our clients. In the realm of divorce law, one service that has seen a significant increase in popularity due to the restrictions associated with the pandemic is e-mediation, or online mediation services. Here Read More

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