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March 2019 Archives

Using expert witnesses during divorce

Expert witnesses are often seen on television court dramas involving criminal cases, but these experts may also be called upon in civil cases like divorce. In family law, they are used to provide insight when the two sides have different views on the value of marital assets, the parenting plan or even the fitness of a parent to raise a family.

What is a guardian ad litem?

It is commonplace for parents getting a divorce to have joint custody of their children. These days parents will also divide parenting time more equally. Ideally, this is a parenting plan where both parents are regularly involved in the lives of their children. However, some divorces end in acrimony and one parent may seek sole custody of the children because they believe (right or wrong) that it is in the best interests of the children.

Boundaries during separation & divorce: the marital residence

When a marriage ends it can be disorienting for everyone. It may be difficult to figure out how to rebuild your life after separating and during the pending divorce. However, a good place to begin is with your boundary setting, particularly in your living space and by managing the co-parenting relationship.

Parental meltdowns harmful to children

Most modern-day parents understand that it not okay to use corporal punishment on children, yet they may still regularly verbally abuse their children either to vent their anger or to share their frustration. This is thought to be an improvement over past generations of parents who inflicted various kinds of physical punishment using their hand or an object like a belt.

Confidentiality and mediation

Mediation is often used for couples filing for divorce these days. Whereas litigation before a judge was the traditional way of doing things, this format has several benefits, most notably it keeps the case out of court. This means that the couple does not have to wait their turn in a crowded court schedule, and that faster resolution keeps the attorney expenses down as well. Families like it because it is less combative and enables the two sides to resolve their issues in a collaborative manner rather than leaving it to a judge. While litigation means public records, mediation is done behind closed doors and thus keeps the details of the split private.

IVF Twins both get citizenship

In vitro fertilization is an option that more and more families are using. This can help married couples who are having difficulties conceiving children, or it can be an option for same-sex couples who choose to have children through biological means rather than adoption. The latter was the case for a married couple who opted to have twins with help of an egg donor and a surrogate.

Is your spouse hiding marital assets?

It is typical that one spouse handles a family’s finances, but it is great time for the other to get involved now with tax season in full swing. While it does not hurt for the non-bill-payer or finance person to understand the family’s financial plan, it becomes almost crucial when a spouse is contemplating divorce or has concerns about the family finances.

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