Child Custody

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Every Child Deserves Representation in a Contested Adoption

In my previous post on Adopting a Stepchild, I explained the steps to go through for an uncontested adoption. Many adoptions are very simple and straightforward. However, in situations where there are disagreements about what...more

International Custody in Relation to the Kelly Rutherford Custody Trial

International custody has come to the forefront recently with the custody battle raging between United States actress Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband, German businessman, Daniel Girsch, over the physical custody of their...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

SCHOOLING AND DIVORCE

As summer comes to an end, it is important to remember divorced or non-intact families must approach their child’s schooling a little differently than intact families. For example, many intact families designate one parent to...more

Divorce and Custody Turns Absurd

In any divorce where custody of the children is contested, absent an agreement between the father and mother, the decision is left to the ineffective, expensive and arbitrary court system. Judicial officers (judges and...more

How to File for Divorce?

Steps to make the divorce process as painless as possible: 1. Speak with an Attorney First. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, there are complicated legal issues involved which are...more

Are Custody Laws Different in MA and RI?

Thinking of moving? Different child custody laws in each state may make things even more complicated. While the borders between Massachusetts and Rhode Island appear to be incredibly permeable, this is just not the case when...more

Divorce Across State Lines

Hi there, Lots of us live on or close to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island state border. We don’t even think about it as we cross back and forth. But when you’re involved in a divorce and one of you moves to the other...more

Court Awards Grandparents Partial Custody of Grandchildren Over Mother's Objection and Court Holds that Minor Criminal Convictions...

In June 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in K.T. v. L.S., provided partial child custody to the children's paternal grandparents over mother's objection....more

Social media campaign ends in disbarment for lawyer

Lawyers using social media: beware! The Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer for launching a “viral campaign to influence and intimidate” judges who presided over her friend’s child custody dispute. In...more

3 Steps to Make the Divorce Process as Painless as Possible

1. Speak with an attorney first. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, complicated legal issues, separate and apart from just the dissolution of the marriage are implicated. It is a very...more

Jurisdiction, Counsel Fees in Child Custody Revisited by Court

In November 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court case of T.A.M. v. S.L.M., 104 A.3d 30 (Pa. Super. 2014), addressed modification of a child custody order under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act...more

International Parental Child Abductions – The Hague Convention Can Help

Ever wonder what happens when a child is wrongfully taken across international borders? - What happens if a child who lives in the United States is wrongfully removed by a parent, taken to France, and kept there? ...more

Relocation – Mission Impossible?

On Friday June 5, 2014, the Maricopa County Bar Association hosted its annual Trial Advocacy Seminar. Each year, the organizers select a topic and create a fact pattern designed to challenge the family law judges that serve...more

What to Expect in a Dauphin County Custody Conciliation Conference

All custody actions start with the preparation and filing of a custody complaint; Dauphin County is no exception. In addition to preparing and filing the custody complaint, the plaintiff to the action must also prepare and...more

Is There a Presumption in Favor of Equal Parenting Time?

While there is no formal ‘presumption’ of equal parenting time, the policy of the State of Arizona is clear. The policy is to ensure “substantial, frequent, meaningful and continuing parenting time with both...more

Grandparent Custody Rights in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, grandparents and great-grandparents have physical custody rights surrounding their grandchildren. In rare circumstances, grandparents can request and win primary physical custody of their grandchildren. ...more

Caitlyn Jenner Opens the Discussion on Transgender Issues

Hi there, It’s a rainy Monday, and Caitlyn Jenner is all over the place. (As an aside I have to confess to owning two goats named Kim and Khloe, after the Kardashian girls.) While she was a very good looking man, she...more

Family Law: Special Considerations When Representing Professional Athletes

While we await news of Tom Brady's Deflate-Gate appeal, the National Basketball Association playoffs coming up fast, and the latest hints that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian may not follow through with their divorce after...more

When Can a Child Pick Which Parent to Live With?

Little boy sitting next to an old suitcaseThe most common question posed to a family law attorney when discussing custody matters is at what age can my child pick with whom and where he would like to live? Most clients...more

Family Law Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Divorce and Your Business, Part I: Plan B - Family Law Attorney and Counsellor at Law - Excerpt from Family Law Attorney and Counsellor at Law: In a recent custody proceeding, my co-counsel...more

STUDY: Divorce Custody Arrangement that Benefits Kids Most

One of the most highly debated and emotionally charged issues in parenting involve custody and timesharing arrangements. As if the end of a relationship (through separation, divorce or paternity) isn’t stressful enough, not...more

What Legal Rights Exist if a Parent Abducts a Child?

When issues arise between parents, there may be times when tempers flare and things are said or done that probably should not be said or done. Unfortunately, during such disputes, one party might decide to retaliate against...more

Parenting Time in Arizona - What Does it Mean? [Video]

These are some points the judges consider when decided Parenting Time. • Courts prefer 50/50 • Model parenting plan often not used • Factors: > Relationship of the child and parents > Children and...more

What is a Parenting Coordinator and Why Do We Need One? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Family Law attorney Laurence B. Hirsch explains what a parenting coordinator is and why they are necessary. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com. ...more

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