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The receipt of spousal support and a share of the community property in a divorce does not relieve the spouse who is being financially supported from being accountable for his or her financial future. Just when one thinks they are free from scrutiny, they are not.
Supported spouses (in other words, a divorced spouse who receives support payments as part of the divorce settlement) are put under a microscope by both the courts and the spouse supporting them in a proceeding to modify or terminate spousal support. In addition to the analysis of their employment capabilities and receipt of other income, a supported spouse’s investment strategies will be analyzed as a factor to determine whether they have reasonably managed their share of the marital estate and are entitled to an increase or continuation of spousal support.Learn more
In a family law proceeding, one of the most sensitive and emotionally charged areas –for both the family law attorney and the client- typically concerns issues surrounding custody and visitation of the children.
Because the two parents are now adversaries, seemingly innocuous issues (for example, the completion of the child’s homework) may be blown out of proportion. This can lead to a bigger dispute that may impact the parent’s visitation with the child, or even draw into question the fitness of the parent.
For parties in a family law proceeding where children are involved, all issues may seem like emergencies. As a result, the family law attorney is often faced with the difficult task of balancing the client’s interests, as well as their serious concerns regarding the actions of the other parent, within the boundaries and restrictions of the Family Code.Learn more
Parenting is hard work. For most people, parenting is even harder work after separation or divorce. One of the added challenges of parenting after separation or divorce is answering the multitude of questions children have about what has happened, including questions about where they will spend their time, about their feelings, about changes to the family, about what the law requires and generally about why is this happening. Parents have many of these same questions.Learn more
In the wake of the infamous domestic abuse charges against Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back accused of a violent assault on his then-fiancée, and the subsequent media attention concerning how the NFL handled the charges, there appears to be an ever stronger campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence.Learn more
Every January and February, family law attorneys meet a lot of prospective new clients. It is my opinion that the New Year brings about the desire for action and change. January has even been dubbed as “Divorce Month.” Whatever is the reason and regardless of the time of year, people who face divorce or custody disputes have many questions, but the following two questions are asked most consistently:Learn more
The decision to end a marriage can be one that is both deeply personal and highly complex. However, deciding to commence the divorce as a formal legal proceeding, also known as a dissolution of marriage proceeding, is often a process full of unknown steps and sometimes, unexpected surprises for many people. One of the biggest surprises is the duty to disclose.Learn more
For many people, having their day in court can bring relief and a sense of certainty. The family court judge can make orders regarding custody and visitation of the children, support, or can require the person with greater access to funds to help pay the other party’s attorney fees. But what happens when the court makes a formal order to the parties regarding custody, visitation, support or attorney’s fees and one party simply fails to abide by the terms of that order?Learn more
2014 is now over and we are about to look forward to new and interesting issues in family law, but before that happens, I thought it would be interesting to look back for a brief moment.
Looking back on 2014, I’ve pulled a list of the top 14 most-read articles from Van Oorschot Law Group’s “Blawg.” It’s interesting to see what we collectively found most interesting over the past 12 months.Learn more
Holidays are tough in the best of circumstances, with lots of expectations and family pressures. Now, imagine if one or both spouses are unhappy in their marriage. Holiday pressures are amplified and can lead to a self-examination of the marriage and thoughts about planning for a divorce in the new year. If you are considering such a new year’s resolution, don’t think you are the only person who is lacking holiday cheer. You might be surprised to learn that many are spending this holiday season seeking legal advice about a possible divorce after December 31.Learn more
Choosing to terminate a marriage through an annulment, (called a nullity proceeding in legal terminology), or through divorce (more formally, a dissolution proceeding), depends on an array of factors that must be carefully weighed and considered by either party seeking the marriage termination.
Many people believe that an annulment is a fast-track method to end a marriage, especially when the marriage is short-term, there are little or no assets or debts to be divided, and there are no minor children of the marriage. However, the reason for the annulment is extremely important for determining whether an annulment is the better choice over divorce.Learn more
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