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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.
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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

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

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

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

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

Does The Income Withholding for Support Act Require Strict Compliance?

Our preview of newly petitions for leave to appeal allowed by the Illinois Supreme Court in the closing days of the just-ended May term continues with Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc., a decision from the Second...more

Lifetime Lump Sum Workers' Comp Settlement Fully Allocable for Child Support

How is a worker's lump-sum settlement for a disabling injury -- a payment meant to compensate for lost income for the remainder of the worker's expected working life -- treated for purposes of calculating the non-custodial...more

When Fault Enters a No-Fault Divorce

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This simply means that you don’t need to prove any fault on the part of your spouse as grounds for a divorce. For example you needn't show that your spouse was cheating on you, that your...more

Civilized Divorce through Mediation [Video]

A longstanding client calls to tell you that his marriage is falling apart, and that his wife wants a divorce. Inasmuch as you have represented both the client and his wife on previous occasions, you now feel uncomfortable...more

Are Unallocated Support Payments in a Divorce Action Tax Deductible?

A couple going through a divorce action should understand whether a support payment, not specifically allocated as child support or alimony, is a taxable event where the payor may deduct it and the payee report it as income...more

Argument Report: How Should a Workers' Compensation Settlement Be Handled in Calculating Child Support?

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Mayfield v. Mayfield, which presents several issues regarding the proper handling of lump sum workers' compensation payments for purposes of calculating a party's...more

A Busy Day of Civil Arguments at the Illinois Supreme Court

Tomorrow will be a busy day for the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket, with five cases being argued, beginning at 9:00 a.m. They are...more

What Is A QDRO?

Although the media focuses on their big spending, divorce and poor retirement planning are among the top reasons why most pro athletes go broke within 10 years of retirement. Retirement planning can be challenging for most,...more

Calculating Child Support In Florida

If you have ever helped your kids with their math homework, you have probably come across problems like this: “If John has a monthly gross income of $5,000 and allowable deductions totaling $1,500 a month, and Mary has a...more

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