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November 2016 Archives

How your W2 can help you obtain a child support modification

Many parents who make child support payments are uninformed when it comes to the criteria for obtaining adjustments. If your income varies or your circumstances change, though, you may be eligible to petition for a modification. There is no better time to revisit this issue than when you are reviewing your W2 and preparing to file your taxes. If you choose to apply for a modification, your W2 can be helpful in supporting your case. One of the following criteria may qualify you for an adjustment.

Does divorce order trump estate planning?

One estate consideration that individuals might face during second or later marriages is that a divorce order might exist that impacts how probate matters will be decided. How you approach estate planning in this type of situation depends on a variety of factors, and you do want to be sure both parties in the new marriage are aware of previous divorce decrees that could come into play.

Taking action when abuse allegations threaten your custody

Our firm represents parents on all sides of divorce and custody matters, and we know that domestic abuse can be an extremely stressful situation to deal with during the custody process. Sometimes, parents are genuinely concerned about the well-being of their children and they have very real fears about leaving those children in the care of an abusive parent or ex-spouse.

What do trusts do?

Trusts are a legal vehicle that can hold assets. When you create a trust and place assets into it, you don't own those assets anymore -- they are actually owned by the trust. People don't own a trust in the traditional sense; the person who benefits from the assets held in a trust is called the beneficiary. The assets are provided to the beneficiary according to how the trust was created.

When can parental rights be terminated?

Courts don't terminated parental rights lightly. The child/parent relationship is a biological and emotional bond that we still don't fully understand despite modern science and knowledge, and terminating that relationship comes with a cost that must be carefully weighed. There are some instances where terminating the relationship is required for the safety and well-being of the child.