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Child Support and Parenting Time Credit

Paying child support is an integral part of sharing child custody as the non-custodial parent. The law requires the parent with less responsibility for the day-to-day duties and expenses of childrearing to pay to help financially support his or her children until they become legal adults. Providing this support puts a strain on the budgets...

The Danger of Protracted Divorce Proceedings

No matter how amicable a divorce may be, each spouse is almost certain to struggle with the change and will find it hard to view the other spouse in a positive light. While compromise and negotiation are the desirable ways to handle divorce, there are situations that call for court intervention and oversight to ensure...

What Kind of Divorce do You Need?

While the hardest part of ending a marriage may be deciding and articulating an intent to file for divorce, the complicated decisions do not end at this point. Many other issues must be resolved before a divorce decree may be issued. One of the first things a spouse must determine is the type of divorce...

Obtaining Child Support With and Without Divorce

Parents have a moral and legal obligation to financially support their children until adulthood, and the legal mandate exists regardless of whether the parents are married or not. Legally-recognized parents are always accountable for child support, but this obligation is subsumed into the normal household expenses when a couple is together. It is only through...

Can Bankruptcy Eliminate Tax Liens or Civil Judgments?

Typically, many negative financial events precipitate the decision to file for bankruptcy. Some people come to the decision to file for bankruptcy only after suffering tax liens placed against their property or civil judgments issued by a court. The implications of these legal measures to collect debt is scary and overwhelming for most people, and...

Calculating the Division of Retirement Benefits in Divorce

Retirement benefits are a source of financial security that are highly valued and take years of work and fiscal sacrifice to accumulate. However, just like other assets owned by a married couple, these accounts are subject to division in the event of divorce. This reality is often a hard blow to the spouse who amassed...

Students are Not the Only Ones Burdened by Loan Debt

In today’s world, everyone is expected to attend college and emerge with a degree that will help them find a job. Even the most entry level jobs require workers to have a college degree, regardless of whether it helps them perform the work better. Advanced education means high bills, requiring most students to take out...

When Will a Court Order an Unequal Property Division?

Spouses spend years building a life together, which naturally includes acquiring new assets. These assets, along with any other property owned by either spouse, are considered part of the marital estate and subject to property division in the event of divorce. Normally, this split is roughly 50/50, but this allocation is not set in stone,...

Can You Force a Spouse Out of the Home During Divorce?

Once the decision to file for divorce is made, and perhaps before this point, living together with a soon-to-be ex can becomes incredibly difficult. Communication is usually poor and spouses often have trouble remaining patient over everyday issues that occur in every household. Typically, one spouse will recognize the need to remove him/herself from the...

How do You Get Divorced When Your Spouse Disappears?

The procedure of divorce involves multiple steps, one of the first being serving the other spouse with divorce papers once the case is initiated. In fact, most spouses know divorce is coming, and anticipate the delivery of the official paperwork. Then, there are situations that are more complicated, and one that can cause particular problems...