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Child Custody Divorce

Can the Court Make Me Vaccinate My Child?

Vaccination has become a hot topic amongst parents who are involved in a divorce or child custody dispute. If one parent believes in vaccination and one parent does not, the decision to vaccinate your child may not be your...more

Custody Dispute in Scarlett Johansen’s Divorce

In an example of life imitating art, Scarlett Johannsen has found herself in the middle of a civil war. The Captain America: Civil War star has been embroiled in a now public child custody dispute with her estranged husband,...more

Marriage Dissolution

by Hassan Elhais on

The dissolution of a marriage is a legal act that may not coincide with the emotional tearing asunder. Divorce is typically a painful process for all concerned. While it can take adults time to regain psychological...more

Nesting

Everyone knows what “nesting” means in the context of being pregnant, but what does it mean in the context of custody? By definition, a bird’s nest custody arrangement is a shared physical custody schedule, whereby, children...more

Joint Legal Decision Making Must Parental Addresses be Disclosed?

by Jaburg Wilk on

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals Division Two case - Jorgenson and Giannecchini - addressed whether a wife was required to disclose her residential address to her former husband. The opinion is a memorandum decision...more

Children, Taxes, and Divorce

In many family law settlements, whether they are obtained voluntarily through an agreement or the result of litigation ending in a court order, certain provisions are made for minor children, including the support of the...more

International Abduction

by Hassan Elhais on

Briefly summarize the position in your jurisdiction. The UAE is not a signatory to the Hague Convention. Within UAE laws, there are no statutory provisions specifically dealing with child abduction. ...more

A New Type Of Divorce Party

by Cozen O'Connor on

Today I was interviewed on television about a new type of divorce party. This is not a situation where a newly single person celebrates their freedom from an unhappy marriage, rather, this new type of divorce party has the...more

Family Law - Custodial/Parental Responsibility

by Hassan Elhais on

Custody/ Parental Responsibility - Briefly explain the legal position in relation to custody/ parental responsibility following the breakdown of a relationship or marriage....more

Screw you, our lawyers don’t work weekends.

by Ross Fishman on

I think I found the nation’s least service oriented law firm. Over the years, we’ve done a lot of marketing and branding work with law, accounting, and other professional-services firms that wanted to use marketing to...more

Why Having A “Gifted” Child In NJ May Cost You More Child Support

by Cozen O'Connor on

The benefits of enrolling children in extracurricular activities are endless. Not only do they learn how to play a sport or musical instrument, but also soft skills and valuable life lessons, such as teamwork, the importance...more

Family Court Process

by Hassan Elhais on

1. Statement of Claim - The statement of Claim is drafted by the Claimant or the lawyer. The statement of claim has to be in writing and in the Arabic language. The statement of claim should include the names of the...more

The Limits of What A Judge May Order to Stop Parents From Making False Allegations in Custody Battles

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Sometimes the most contentious issue in a divorce is not how to divide the parties' cash or assets, but rather how custody will be decided....more

Validity of Pre and Post: Nuptial Agreements

by Hassan Elhais on

What are the main jurisdictional requirements for the institution of proceedings in relation to divorce, property and children? There are a number of exceptions, but in general, the Courts of First Instance (the lowest...more

What We Can Learn From the Brangelina Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

I was asked to comment on television about the hottest news, the Brangelina divorce. If you haven’t heard, another celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing after 2 years of marriage and twelve years of...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19589 - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - SC19589 Concurrence - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - Claim for negligent infliction of bystander emotion...more

Family Law - Jurisdiction

by Hassan Elhais on

What are the main jurisdictional requirements for the institution of proceedings in relation to divorce, property and children? There are a number of exceptions, but in general, the Courts of First Instance (the lowest...more

Who Has Child Custody Jurisdiction

by Jaburg Wilk on

The decision in Margain vs. Ruiz-Bours [1] provides some insight into the workings of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ("UCCJEA") as adopted by Arizona in Title 25, Chapter 8, Articles 1 through 3. ...more

In the child’s best interests

by Hassan Elhais on

We have covered the general laws relating to child custody and visitation rights in the event of a marriage dissolution. While the courts have general guiding laws, these laws are discretionary; the courts will always rule in...more

Can I Sue My Former Spouse For Destroying My Relationship With My Children?

Sometimes in custody disputes, one parent attempts to get a leg up in the custody case by bad-mouthing the other parent to the children. Additionally, in more extreme cases, a parent in a litigation may even try to persuade a...more

Divorce does not end parenthood

For many divorced parents, the thought of having to share parenting responsibilities with the person who has hurt you emotionally and/or financially may seem like an impossible challenge. However, even though your...more

Custody Modification: Courts Can Do It Without A Petition To Modify If Proper Notice Is Given

A lot of times when parents file petitions with the court regarding enforcing a custody order or contempt, they also want the court to adjust the custody order. Some think that the court can only change the custody order if...more

Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone...more

Grandparent Visitation: What Major v. Maguire Means Going Forward

After Anthony and Suzanne Major’s son, Chris Major, separated from Julie Maguire, the Major’s claim they continued to have a substantial relationship with their granddaughter. Suzanne Major stated she visited her...more

6 Things You Should Know about the New Child Support Law

Governor Christie rung in the New Year by signing a statute that dramatically changes New Jersey’s laws governing child support. Here’s what you should know: As a general rule, child support terminates automatically...more

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