Defining Alimony and How it is Determined

The term alimony payment refers to a periodic pre-determined sum awarded to a spouse or former spouse following a separation or divorce. The payment is the actual sum paid to fulfill alimony, which is the …

Common Financial Mistakes to Avoid in a Divorce

Separation or divorce is a time when both of you should reduce your spending and make an effort to live within your individual means. For instance, if you’re not working, can you really afford the …

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is often touted as the peaceful way to get divorced, but many couples that attempt collaborative divorce are making bad business decisions. At the end of the day, a marriage is a domestic …

How to Choose a Family Law Lawyer

Choosing the best attorney to handle your divorce, domestic violence, paternity or other family law matter can be one of the most important decisions in your life. It is important that you take the time …

Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is an increasingly used tool in the war between divorced or divorcing parents. However, legal experts and psychologists differ about whether such a thing really exists. Depending on the expert, parental alienation syndrome, …

Vaccinations and Custody

Does a parent’s failure to vaccinate their child constitute abuse or neglect? Some people do not believe in vaccinations because of religious reasons or fear of the government. Should their rights to privacy outweigh what …

How Decisions are Made

Let’s consider an example. A married couple is getting a divorce. There is a custody dispute. The parties gather their evidence and understand that the court will make a custody decision based on the best …

New Tax Laws Impact on Divorce

In divorce situations, one spouse or ex-spouse may become legally obligated to make payments to the other party in the form of alimony or maintenance. Since these payments are often substantial, locking in tax deductions …

Third Party Custody Cases

Third-party custody is often defined as custody of a child involving a nonparent. Each state considers a number of factors prior to awarding child custody to a third party. Usually, third-party custody occurs when the …

HIPAA and Family Court

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides individuals with the right to access their medical and other health records from their health care providers and health plans, upon request. The Privacy Rule generally also gives the right …