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What to Know About Changing a Child’s Name

By law, you can petition the court to change a child’s name — and that process itself is not very difficult. What can be more challenging is convincing the court that such a name change is in the best interest of the child. The “best interest” standard is rather vague, but it does allow judges Read More

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A Gambling Problem Can Affect Property Division

Financial problems represent some of the most common reasons why couples get divorced. The tension can become exacerbated financial issues are due to one spouse’s gambling habits. In some cases, those gambling habits could even affect the property division process in a divorce. In a typical divorce case, if the two parties cannot come to Read More

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Using a Quitclaim Deed in a Divorce

One common point of contention during a divorce case is each partner’s responsibility for paying debts such as a mortgage. In some circumstances, the couple might simply choose the best option is to sell off the house and pocket the profits so that they don’t have to worry about untangling the asset. In other cases, Read More

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Tips for Splitting Home Value During a Divorce

Whenever a couple gets divorced, the two spouses must decide how they will split their assets. The value of the home is part of this — whether one person will remain in the family home or you will choose to sell, both of you will have some stake in the home if it was purchased Read More

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Tips for Discussing a Cohabitation Agreement with Your Partner

If you plan to move in with a partner to whom you are not married, you might consider drafting a cohabitation agreement. This agreement acts similarly to a prenuptial agreement in that it protects your assets and defines certain responsibilities in the relationship, mostly with regard to how expenditures will be shared. As with a Read More

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What to Do if You’re a Victim of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is unfortunately all too common — and many cases go unreported. If you are married to an abusive spouse, there are several steps you can take to get out of the relationship and protect yourself and your children: Keep it quiet: First and foremost, never alert your abuser about your plans to leave Read More

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Recognizing the Signs of an Abusive Relationship

In some situations, it can take time for victims of domestic abuse to realize that they are in an abusive relationship. This is especially true when the abuse isn’t physical. Cuts and bruises are clear symptoms of abuse, but the mental and emotional scarring is not always as easy to notice and confront. With this Read More

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What You Can Do if Your Child Support Isn’t Enough

When issuing orders related to child support, courts aim to ensure children have the financial support they need until they reach adulthood. However, there are many instances in which the amount of support awarded is not sufficient to provide for the children in question. If you are the recipient of child support and this is Read More

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What to Tell Your Children About Why You’re Getting Divorced

It can be one of the most challenging conversations parents may ever need to have with their kids: explaining that you and their other parent are getting divorced. The news can come as a shock to kids, which is why it’s so important that you handle it properly to make sure you and your family Read More

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How to Strengthen Communication with Your Divorce Lawyer

When you’re going through a divorce, the last thing you want to worry about is feeling disconnected from your attorney and the outcome of your case. With so much at stake, you need to ensure you are getting what you need from your legal counsel. To start, hire a divorce attorney with whom you have Read More

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  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


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