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Child Custody Laws for Unmarried Parents

When a married couple with children divorces, it is automatically assumed that the husband is the father. As such, he is entitled to visitation and custody. When a couple who has never married has children and ends their relationship, things get a bit more complicated. Because the couple never married, it is not assumed that […]

If You Pay Child Support, Do You Have Visitation Rights?

In 2016, there were 827,261 divorces in the United States. Many of these divorces involve minor children. Parents who do not have custody of their children are often forced to pay child support. These monthly payments continue until the child turns 18. In many cases, the father is the one that pays child support to […]

Same-Sex Divorce Laws in New York

In May 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, a huge victory for marriage equality for all. However, not all states made same sex-marriage legal. Of course, marriage often leads to divorce, which meant that a same-sex couple could only divorce in certain states. It led to a lot of complications and […]

A Guide to Divorce Actions: What is Mediation? What is Arbitration?

In a divorce, it is always better for both parties to negotiate and agree as much as possible. An amicable divorce is less stressful for all involved, including the kids. It can sometimes be less expensive, since it means litigation is not involved. Many couples choose to resolve any issues through mediation and arbitration. What […]

Division of Assets: Who Gets What in a Divorce?

As much as we all enjoy a fairytale ending, not all marriages last. Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. Many of those who divorce have been together for many years. During this time, they often have accumulated numerous assets. They may have vehicles, houses, furniture, and even kids. Splitting these assets is no […]

What You Need to Know About the Uncontested Divorce Process

There are a couple ways to go about a divorce. Contrary to what you may see in the media, you do not have to yell and scream in the courtroom and argue with your spouse about every detail. If confrontation really is not your thing and you just want to resolve your issues and move […]

Grandparent Visitation Rights: What Rights Do Grandparents Have?

As a grandparent, you may enjoy spending time with your grandchildren. You may have them over for frequent sleepovers, take them on vacations, pay for sports activities and buy gifts. You may have developed a strong bond with them. But then the parents split up. One parent may get custody of the children and move […]

What Happens If You Don’t Pay Child Support?

Unfortunately, not all relationships last forever. Ideally, the parties can move on and not have to deal with each other anymore. That’s not the case when children are involved, though. Whether you are married or single, if your relationship produces children, the reality is that one person will get custody of the children and the […]

Annulment vs. Divorce

So, you’ve decided that the person you married is not the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Of course, this is not an uncommon occurrence. But if your marriage was rather short-lived, you may wonder if an annulment is a possibility. Many people look to an annulment to essentially wipe […]

How Long Do You Have to be Married to Get an Annulment?

You may have heard about annulments and wonder how they differ from divorces. If you have been married a short time, you may be considering an annulment. Annulments are often preferred over divorces because they make it appear as if the marriage never happened. You don’t have to admit to ever being divorced. But if […]