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Where there's a Will, there's a Way: Exploring the Importance of Estate Planning

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Estate planning is usually thought of as a luxury reserved for the very wealthy with lots of resources to give away. However, estate planning can be beneficial for most people. [...]

Who Gets the Kids: Creating and Modifying Child Custody Agreements

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Even for parents who are no longer married or romantically involved, child custody and visitation are complicated issues only if both parents want custody of the children. If the parents can agree on who gets custody, the judge will almost always accept their decision without second-guessing it. [...]

Child Support: how to Establish it and how to Enforce it

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

All parents are required to support their children, either by maintaining custody or paying support to the parent who does have custody. Child support is a monthly allowance that is paid from one parent to the other to help cover the child's expenses. [...]

Tackling Tricky Topics: the Ins and Outs of Prenuptial Agreements

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

A Prenuptial Agreement, commonly known as a "prenup," is an agreement entered into before marriage that sets out what happens to assets and liabilities and lays out any spousal support obligations or waivers if a couple divorces or one of the parties dies. Marriage laws stipulate certain defaults upon death or divorce, but a prenup is an easy way to modify those defaults. [...]

How to Handle Kids in a Divorce

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

There are two parts to every divorce. The first part is the termination of the marital relationship itself by a court decree. [...]

How to Get Divorced

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

There are two parts to every divorce. The first part is the termination of the marital relationship itself by a court decree. [...]

State by State Grandparents Guide to Custody and Visitation

February 28th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Most grandparents cherish the time they are able to spend with their grandchildren and find the building and maintaining of those relationships vitally important. In nearly all 50 states, grandparents have certain rights concerning seeking custody or visitation with their grandchild when circumstances otherwise get in the way. [...]

The Grandparent's Guide to Custody and Visitation

February 24th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Children often form close emotional bonds with their grandparents. Families can experience rifts and divisions for many different reasons such as divorce, the death of a parent, addiction issues, or incarceration. [...]

Cataloguing Custody: Forms of Custody Arrangements and how to Use them

December 10th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Issues surrounding children can often be the most contentious and difficult to resolve during the process of divorce or separation. When parents separate or divorce, the term "custody" serves as shorthand for "who lives with and cares for the children" under the divorce agreement or child custody agreement. [...]

Last Wills vs. Living Wills

November 8th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Although they are both essential estate documents with similar names, last wills and living wills serve entirely different purposes. As such, it's important to think of these documents as two distinct parts of a comprehensive estate plan. [...]

Estate Planning 101: Estate Documents Necessary for a Comprehensive Estate Plan

October 17th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Many people feel intimidated when confronted with the task of planning for their future by creating an estate plan. However, having an up to date estate plan is one of the most loving things a person can do for their family. [...]

Will Writing 101: Essential Facts and Features in a Valid Will

September 6th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

A last will and testament, otherwise known simply as a will, is a way to dictate how your property and affairs will be handled after you die. All wills are different and what you include in your will depends on what property you have, whom you want it to go to, the dynamics of your family and friends, and many other factors unique to your particular situation. [...]

When, why, and how to Review, Revoke, or Change a Will

September 4th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Once a Last Will and Testament is made, it is good until you die, change it, or revoke it. If you make a will today and die fifty years from now without making any changes to it, the property will be distributed according to the will you made a half-century earlier. [...]