Monthly Archives: June 2015

How an Attorney Can Help Defend Against an Adoption

Posted Date:June 29, 2015 | Categories:

Defend Against an Adoption

When faced with any legal question, it is always best to hire an attorney.  If your ex spouse marries and attempts to have his or her new husband or wife adopt your biological child, then it is absolutely time to hire an attorney.  Working with an attorney can help you preserve your rights as the biological parent and help in matters of custody. 

As with any legal proceeding, attorneys should be enlisted to help with the preparation of legal documents and any other demands of the court.  During divorce proceedings, it is likely you signed a custody agreement that outlined your parenting responsibilities and legal rights as the parents of the biological child.  Having an attorney on your side to review all legal documents related to the divorce is always a good idea and will help if your ex spouse attempts to break any of the agreements made when the divorce was finalized.

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Do I Need an Attorney During Divorce Mediation?

Posted Date:June 23, 2015 | Categories:

Divorce mediation attorney

Divorce mediation can help divorcing spouses negotiate a divorce agreement with the help of the neutral third party, the mediator. The mediator does not make decisions for the spouses, but helps them negotiate an agreement.

While hiring a mediator to work out details of your divorce may be immensely helpful, and in the long run can be less costly than a court battle, both emotionally and financially, it is wise to have an attorney on your side that has your best interests in mind throughout this process. Your attorney can review draft settlement agreements to assure your future is protected and consult with you throughout the process.

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The Pros and Cons of Binding Arbitration in Divorce

Posted Date:June 16, 2015 | Categories:

Arbitration in Divorce

If your divorce case is taking an inordinate amount of time and money to resolve, binding arbitration may be an alterative to consider.  Binding arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process in which an impartial third party listens to both sides of the divorce dispute and makes a decision that both parties must abide by. The decision is not typically one that can be appealed. The arbitration session is held privately, and like mediation is somewhat less formal than a court trial. It is important to note, though, that issues of child custody and visitation cannot be negotiated through binding arbitration.

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When to Hire a Vocational Expert in Divorce Proceedings

Posted Date:June 12, 2015 | Categories: ,

Vocational Expert in Divorce

Vocational experts evaluate a person’s education, abilities, interests, experience and other qualifications and look at that in light of the current employment market. They assess the likelihood that a person can get a job, and what s/he can expect to earn, both immediately and long term. Employability assessments can help determine the amount of support a spouse can contribute, the degree to which a spouse is entitled to support, and whether a spouse is capable of contributing to his or her own support and support of the children.

If you’re involved in an acrimonious divorce, both sides want to be sure that the conclusions reached regarding support and contribution to support is fair and reasonable.  If your spouse’s attorney requests a vocational analysis, it would be wise to hire your own expert to conduct an analysis as well. Even if your spouse’s attorney has not hired a vocational expert, you may want to employ one to be sure the financial arrangements, such as spousal and child support, are equitable.

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Challenges in a Divorce after a Long-Term Marriage

Posted Date:June 5, 2015 | Categories:

Long term divorce

There are many issues to consider when you’re getting divorced after a long-term marriage. From a legal aspect, one of the most complex issues can be in the financial arena. Not surprisingly, couples in who have been married for a relatively long period have financial dealings that are very much intertwined.  Chances are you’ve also accumulated complex assets such as retirement accounts, portfolios, a family business, real estate, collections, homes, cars, “toys,” and household items.

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