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    Movement to Open Adoption Records Boosted in Ohio

    A movement to open adoption records that began in the 1990s recently got a major boost. On December 19, 2013, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill that is set to open adoption records for hundreds of thousands of adopted Ohioans. The law gives the birth parents of adopted children one year to file a […]

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. Filed under Family Law.

    Postnuptial Agreements Fill Prenup Need for Married Couples

    Prenuptial agreements, or “prenups,” have become increasingly popular over the years. A large portion of marriages end in divorce, and too many divorces result in lengthy court battles over alimony and the division of assets. Properly executed, prenuptial agreements prevent those legal battles by predetermining such financial matters under mutually-agreed-upon terms. Some people do not […]

    Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    Supreme Court Rules on Two Gay Marriage Cases

    Proponents of gay marriage rights celebrated two major Supreme Court decisions announced on the final day of the court’s term. The court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and, by declining to decide a case on California’s Proposition 8, effectively permitted same-sex marriages in the state. The rulings do not affect existing laws in […]

    Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    How a Child Custody Evaluation Works and How to Prepare for One

    When parents divorce most will attempt, perhaps with the help of an attorney, to come to a mutual agreement on how to arrange custody of their children. In cases where there is agreement, a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule is submitted to the court. A peaceful agreement that meets the needs of all involved truly […]

    Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013. Filed under Family Law.

    Factors Affecting Alimony in a Florida Divorce

    The Florida Statutes specify ten factors that may determine whether and how much alimony is awarded in a Florida divorce. The statute specifies that this is not an exhaustive list; other factors may be considered as well. But understanding the statute will allow you to know the vast majority of what determines alimony awards in […]

    Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013. Filed under Alimony, Family Law.

    Oral Agreements Unreliable in Family Law

    A recent case in family court in New York illustrates the need for child support agreements to be made in writing and incorporated into a court order. The divorced parties in the case, Kristina Lynn B. v. Joseph T.M., were parents of 10- and 12-year-old boys. In 2012, the mother withdrew her older son from […]

    Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    Mediation May Be a Faster Approach to Divorce Proceedings

    Many couples looking to divorce envision a courtroom setting where they can air out their grievances and emotional baggage and show the judge why they deserve to get more. Litigating some divorce cases may be beneficial; however, for many people it ends up being a costly endeavor that just leads to more heartache. Individuals lose […]

    Posted on Sunday, October 28th, 2012. Filed under Divorce, Family Law.

    Child Support and Visitation are Independent of One Another

    There are so many potential issues involved when examining the topic of child support that when combined with those of visitation, the dynamics and interactions between family members may become bogged down by emotion. At its core, child support is about finances, which also is a hot-button topic for many people. Add in two usually […]

    Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012. Filed under Child Support, Family Law.

    Mediation Provides a More Civil Approach to a Florida Divorce

    Florida residents have alternative choices when it comes to getting divorced. There is the traditional method of hiring attorneys and litigating every issue, which can be very costly. Or residents may decide to try alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, which generally reduces the monetary cost, time, and stress. A family law mediator can […]

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012. Filed under Divorce, Family Law.

    Divorce Complicates the Transfer of the Marital Home in a Shaky Real Estate Market

    Tampa, Fla. – In these tough economic times, the question of who gets the marital home in a divorce is complicated. Many homes that were bought during the booming real estate market are not worth what they were bought for, leaving negative equity. Added to that is the fact that the person getting the home […]

    Posted on Sunday, August 5th, 2012. Filed under Divorce, Family Law, News & Press.