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College Expense as “Child Support” Gets the Green Light from the California Court of Appeal

I am always amazed and a bit impressed by parents who, after a financially devastating divorce, want to find a way to pay for their child’s college education. In California, state mandated child support ends (except for...more

Child Support: Will I Really Have to Pay for My Child’s College?

“Aren’t I done paying support once my kid turns 18?!” is common sentiment among many parents who are paying child support. A recent case that has been making waves in the news involves a New Jersey teenager who sued her...more

Is Your Monthly Child Support Correct?

Last August, in Pennsylvania new Child Support Guidelines went into effect. High income families whose combined net monthly income exceeds $30,000 per month should be aware of how the changes in the new guidelines could...more

Can my ex-spouse see our children if he/she does not pay the court ordered child support?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's family law and criminal defense attorney Jason B. Castle talks about why a person has to allow their ex-husband or ex-wife to see the children even though they are not paying child...more

A License to Wed: Can You Be Denied a Marriage License?

In October of 2013, the Illinois couple of Colette Purifoy and John Morris were denied a marriage license because of John’s inability to consent. In 2009, John suffered permanent brain damage after unexpected complications...more

Child Support Deduction from Nevada Work Comp Benefits

Workers' compensation benefits, including final settlement awards, called permanent partial disability awards, are generally not subject to assignments or garnishments, and are not subject to attorneys liens or medical...more

Divorce and Retirement: Social Security Administration vs. California Family Law

According to the Social Security Administration’s website, the 1983 Social Security Amendments included a provision for raising the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later. The Congress cited...more

What Qualifies As Income For Purposes Of Child Support?

Computing child support payments can be complicated because it involves a number of different variables. Courts take into account factors such as monthly income, childcare costs and children’s healthcare needs. ...more

Temporary Relief While Divorce Litigation is Pending ? What is Pendente Lite Relief?

Waiting until divorce proceedings are complete to receive alimony and child support can cause significant financial hardship. Pendente lite (a Latin term meaning “pending litigation”) relief can help ease the financial burden...more

Doctrine of Paternity by Estoppel and Child Custody

The doctrine of paternity by estoppel is most often applied in child support cases to either preclude a man who has held the child out as his own from avoiding support of the child after his relationship with the child's...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether Courts Can Award Child Support From Custodial to Non-Custodial Parents

Our previews of the newly allowed petitions for leave to appeal from the closing days of the November term continue with In re Marriage of Turk, which poses a potentially ground-breaking question of domestic relations law:...more

Can I Negotiate Child Support with the Other Parent?

Negotiation is an indispensable part of the legal process, especially in the sphere of family law. However, not all areas are completely open to negotiation. This is especially true in matters involving children — most...more

Do I Have to Pay Child Support if My Ex Keeps Me Away from My Kids?

Child support is a separate issue from parenting plans, which concern child custody and visitation. On one hand, a parent who has not been receiving the child support payments to which he or she is entitled is not legally...more

Divorce, Child Support and Alimony

When it comes to child support, the laws vary considerably from state to state. Some states allow “permanent” alimony in certain circumstances, but some do not. Most states allow for some sort of alimony payment for a finite...more

Wage Garnishments: Know Your Limits

In trying economic times, the employees of automotive companies and Next-Generation manufacturers, like those of other companies, face financial hardship. In some cases, this may translate into these companies facing higher...more

Argument Report: Does the Income Withholding for Support Act Require Strict Compliance?

Our reports on the oral arguments from the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with last week's argument in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc. The plaintiff obtained a divorce in 2009 and was...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Strict vs. Substantial Compliance With Withholding Orders

Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc., which poses an important question for domestic relations law: must a Withholding Notice under the Income...more

Enforcing your New Jersey Prenup

These days, prenuptial agreements are not only for the likes of Hollywood celebrities. They provide spouses at all income levels with financial and other protections. Enforcing New Jersey prenups is easier now, thanks to...more

What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Board Certified Family Law Specialist Mitchell Reichman discusses what Spousal Maintenance is and how it is determined in Arizona. He also describes the time frame associated with...more

Why Do We Need A Parenting Coordinator?

Parenting Coordinators are professionals appointed by the court to assist parents who are no longer living together, or who are going through a divorce, to resolve disputes regarding their children. The institution of...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules on Special Needs Trusts and Child Support Payments

In New Jersey, child support payments are considered an asset of the child, despite the fact that such payments are typically paid directly to the custodial parent....more

Could You, Would You?

I have seen many people do many things for varying reasons when faced with a hotly contested divorce or child custody matter. Unless you ever confront such a difficult situation, some of the things people do may seem...more

Enforcing Child Support Payments

Successfully obtaining a court order for child support payments does not always ensure that you will actually receive the payments that the court decides you deserve. ...more

New Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines To Go Into Effect

Beginning August 9, 2013, new statewide Child Support Guidelines will go into effect. For families whose combined net monthly income is $30,000 per month or less, the change in the amount of monthly support for minor children...more

6 Changes to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines change on August 1, 2013. I have asked my colleague, Robin Lynch Nardone, to outline the major changes. ...more

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