Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
California has the power to dissolve any marriage or domestic partnership when one party desires to do so. If you want to end your marriage but your spouse does not, you might be in for a battle but you do not have to stay...more
When minor (under age 18) children are part of a dissolving marriage, their care is typically a top concern for divorcing parents. In California, arrangement for their care is known as a parenting plan, or sometimes a custody...more
In a divorce proceeding, family court always awards the mother a lot more time with the kids and makes the father pay a lot more support. This is one of the most persistent myths about divorce, and it often distorts the...more
Our previews of the latest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket continue with In re Marriage of Tiballi. Tiballi poses the following issue: when a parent voluntarily dismisses a petition to change custody,...more
High-conflict divorce cases, in which the parties are unable to reach a resolution, are often centered on children and time-sharing issues. Florida family court has a strong mandate to make sure both parents stay involved in...more
Parents do not always agree on childrearing. When parents are divorced, those disagreements can cause a great deal of stress as the parents struggle to find common ground. One of these areas might be the educational decisions...more
If you have a child with special needs, you already understand the dedication, energy and commitment needed to help your child survive, thrive and reach his or her potential. But what do you need to consider when facing a...more
Custody rule number one: The best interest of the child is the polar star in every custody case. Custody is really about the child. It is only secondarily about the parent....more
In today’s world it is hardly a rare occurrence that after a divorce one parent might move to another location. What happens then? What are the courts likely to do? This is perhaps the most difficult area of custody law....more
Family law cases – divorces and child custody matters – are filled with emotions. One or both parties are at different times throughout the case angry, vengeful, desperate, hurt, sad, and frustrated. These emotions are not...more
California family law requires divorced or separated parents to follow a parenting plan. Parents are encouraged to work out the details of the plan together, possibly with help from a mediator or attorneys. A parenting plan...more
Parental alienation in the divorce process may be an unavoidable fact of life. Bad situations can make good people behave in destructive ways, and, of course, not everyone pursuing divorce is a good person....more
At best, working with family law issues around child custody can be frustrating and difficult. At worst, disagreements over child custody can tear apart families and endanger children. A recent Florida case illustrates the...more
Life in the military often precludes a stable home life with your spouse and children. If your marriage dissolves, the relationship you have with your children should not. In recent years, the Florida legislature has made...more
According to California family law, a custodial parent has the right to relocate as long as the court determines that the move is not detrimental to the child. The statute itself does not elaborate on this, but instead leaves...more
Every September brings excitement for thousands of children leaving the house for the first time and attending school and for those going back to school. The little yellow bus turning the corner also brings excitement and...more
Nomenclature doesn’t change facts, and whether you call a set of toxic behaviors ”parental alienation” or “marginalizing a parent” doesn’t change the inherent tragedy. In a high conflict divorce case, parents can align the...more
Last year, actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced after a five-year marriage. The cause of the divorce reportedly centered on the religious upbringing of their daughter. Holmes was raised as a Roman Catholic and...more
Divorces occur at a specific point in time, with each spouse in a particular emotional and financial state. But life goes on following a divorce, and sometimes the situations of each parent change. When this occurs, rulings...more
The controversial divorce reform bill vetoed by Governor Scott in May of 2013 promised sweeping changes to both alimony and child custody laws in the Florida. While the law was not enacted, its proponents plan to continue...more
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
Almost all divorces require the couple who are parting to make difficult and stressful decisions....more
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
If your divorce has just ended, you probably feel like you NEVER want to talk to a lawyer again. However, there are a number of financial steps you should take after you divorce, and one requires a lawyer: You need to change...more
Former New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas made the news recently when he and his wife were charged for domestic violence stemming from an incident at their home in March. Recently, the charges were dismissed after the...more