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When You Might Consider Implementing a Postnuptial Agreement

Postnuptial agreements are legally binding contracts established by couples after their marriage begins. Couples will typically implement a postnuptial agreement after certain major life changes occur. What those agreements contain can vary widely based on the couple, including some estate planning elements and, much like an antenuptial (prenuptial) agreement, some agreements over what would happen Read More

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Situations in Which Parental Rights May Be Terminated

All parents are expected to protect their children’s physical and emotional wellbeing. A parent who is incapable of doing so or who poses an active threat to a child’s wellbeing may have his or her parental rights terminated. In general, American courts operate under the philosophy that it is usually in the child’s best interests Read More

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How to Get Your Alimony Payment Responsibilities Reduced

After your divorce, you may be required to pay alimony to your former spouse. Alimony, also referred to as spousal maintenance, is usually awarded in cases where one party would need additional funds to be able to maintain a similar quality of life after the divorce is finalized. The order may say when the payments Read More

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Moms Less Likely to Meet Child Support Obligations?

A recent study from the U.S. Census Bureau has found that mothers are actually less likely than fathers to meet their monthly child support obligations — although moms are rarely the ones who are ordered to pay child support in the first place.  As of 2011, about 18.1 percent of custodial parents were fathers in Read More

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Minnesota Couple Who Has Fostered 92 Kids Fights to Adopt African Child

One Minnesota couple is demonstrating to the world that there is no limit to how much love you can offer children. The couple married over twenty years ago and planned on having a large family together. However, they were devastated when doctors told them that they were unable to conceive children. Despite the doctor’s prognosis, Read More

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Dividing Disability Benefits After a Divorce

The property division process involves the marital assets that a couple gained during their marriage being subject to an equitable split. Disability benefits can be considered to be a marital asset, which means they would also be subject to the property division process.  Disability benefits are classified as any payments that a worker receives after Read More

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Issues of Religion After a Divorce

Courts will look at a number of different factors when determining child custody arrangements, including education, health care, extracurricular activities, residence and religion. Religion has some particularly unique guidelines that courts need to follow and enforce both during and after the divorce.  It’s not uncommon for one parent to want to change their religion after Read More

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What Happens When a Parent Interferes with Visitation?

In some child custody scenarios, one parent will be awarded primary custody of the children while the other parent will be given visitation rights. You will likely have a specific visitation schedule that each party is expected to honor. However, there are some situations in which one parent will attempt to keep the children away Read More

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An Overview of Mediation to Resolve a Divorce

If you and your spouse have decided on a divorce and believe that you have the ability to cooperate with each other throughout the process, you may decide to avoid the messy, stressful courtroom process and opt instead to mediate your divorce. The mediation process is often faster, cheaper and significantly less confrontational and hostile, Read More

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Do Children Have a Say in Child Custody Arrangements?

There’s a misconception that many people have as they go through a divorce that once a child reaches a certain age, they will be able to choose which parent they live in. This, however, is simply not true. Although judges might consider the child’s wishes as part of their child custody determination, in the end Read More

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