Signing a Recognition of Parentage

October 15, 2019

Welcoming a new baby is an exciting time for the entire family.  Although having children out of wedlock was taboo in the past, it is more and more common for couples to have children without being married.  If a couple is married when the baby is born, the law presumes that the husband is the […]

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Child Inclusive Mediation

October 11, 2019

No one wants to go through a divorce or child custody case.  They are financially and emotionally difficult for everyone involved, including the parties’ minor children.  In the vast majority of cases, the parties will reach an agreement before having to go to a final hearing.  Mediation is a common way parties may reach such […]

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How Much Change is Needed to Modify Parenting Time?

October 1, 2019

At the end of any divorce involving minor children or a stand-alone custody case, the court will enter an order for parenting time and legal custody based on what is in the child’s best interest.  In the optimal situation, the order can stay in place for years.  However, as children grow, their needs often change.  […]

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Why Adopt – Security for the Family Unit

August 2, 2019

Being a good parent and forming a strong parent-child bond does not always require that you are biologically related to the child.  Caring for and bringing up a child can result in a bond as strong as any enjoyed between a biological parent and his or her offspring.  Adoption is the legal way to solidify […]

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When Can a Child Choose Where to Live?

July 25, 2019

A divorce or separation is a difficult time for parents and children alike.  Everyone in the family will have to make adjustments to the new “normal” of two separate households, new family structures, new rules, and maybe even new schools.  Going through a divorce or custody case means there will need to be a court […]

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Custody and Child’s Special Mental Health Needs

July 24, 2019

Family law cases are some of the most bitterly fought issues in civil court.  The reason for this is the deeply personal nature of the litigation.  Family law touches on how you deal with your money, your income, your debt, and parenting time for your children.  Child custody is frequently the most challenging part of […]

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Why Adopt – Avoiding the Foster Care System/Guardianship Proceedings

July 23, 2019

Adoption is an important option when you are considering expanding your family.  Adoption can mean that you provide a loving and stable home for a child, and can help you expand your household.  There are many reasons to adopt a child, but avoiding the foster care system or guardianship proceedings can definitely be an important […]

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Summer Camp and Visitation

July 16, 2019

Summer is a time when your family and your children can create lasting memories.  Taking road trips, going camping, playing baseball, and exploring favorite hobbies are just a few things that are part of the quintessential summer experience.  Attending summer camp is also often part of a positive summer experience for children.  After a divorce […]

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Debt and Child Support

July 12, 2019

Children are a great joy, but also greatly expensive.  Keeping a child adequately fed, clothed, and shelter can absorb significant resources.  When a child gets older, school fees and extracurricular activities can also add to the pile of expenses.  Moreover, health care expenses can be overwhelming, especially if a child has special needs.  In recognition […]

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Overtime Income and Child Support

July 11, 2019

Every parent works hard to provide their children with everything they need, ranging from the basics like food and shelter to fees for extracurricular activities and overnight summer camp.   Parents are also very well acquainted with how costly it can be to provide for the children.  To that end, the court can and almost always […]

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