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Can you get an interstate custody agreement?

Currently, 48 states and the District of Columbia have enacted a version of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Only Massachusetts and Vermont have refused to follow this trend. The UCCJEA harmonizes the child custody rules among the various states to facilitate relocation and moving between the states. Before the UCCJEA, a parent's actions might comply in one state, but violate the rules of the state he or she was moving into. It was a complicated, legal nightmare that was solved when the states decided to harmonize their laws. This post will go over the UCCJEA and how it may help you obtain a move away order.

The rise of cohabitation "divorces"

Couples are choosing to live together, without marriage, at increasing rates. Every year the number of unmarried cohabitating couples increases. If these couples break up, it can be messy and confusing. Unlike marriage, many cohabiting couples do not understand the legal rights and responsibilities of sharing property. This can lead to confusing break-ups and complex asset division issues.

Changing jobs and modifying child support orders

You may think that when you change jobs you are automatically entitled to modify your child support order. This isn't necessarily true. There are a handful of reasons that justify modifying a support order. A job change could be one of these reasons, but it isn't in and of itself a justification. This post will go over those changes and how they might affect you.

The divorce rate has declined over the past two decades

Anyone can rattle off the "50 percent of all marriages end in divorce" statistic. But this commonly cited "fact" ignores many of the intricacies captured within marriage and divorce. A study by the Pew Research Center has found that, while the overall divorce rate is significantly higher than a century ago, it has been on a steady decline over the past 20 years. Specifically, the researchers found that the current rate of divorce, as of 2010, is 3.5 divorces per 1,000 people. This is down from four divorces in 2000.

Visitation rights for unmarried fathers, Part 1

Mothers are granted parental rights when they give birth. Fathers can establish paternity (parental rights) in a number of the ways. The easiest method is by being married to the mother at the time of the birth or signing a document that affirmatively established fatherhood. But what can unmarried fathers do who were not present at the birth and did not establish paternity? Do they have any visitation or custody rights? This post will go over how they can establish those rights.

Noninvasive prenatal paternity test is highly accurate

There are numerous DNA tests out there. However, accuracy and invasiveness are always concerns. Fathers and children can give blood samples, but it can be a traumatic experience. Some companies, to overcome these issues, designed a noninvasive prenatal test to allow for easy and accurate DNA testing. A published study tested those claims and this post will go over their findings.

Dispute resolution tips from the 'experts'

It's true that every marriage is unique and deals with unique expressions of problems, but marriages are made up of humans who tend to make the same type of mistakes. Humans are only a few thousand years removed from nonverbal communication. Therefore, facial expressions, body language and tone are still very important parts of the communication toolbox. These experts go over how you can pay attention to these nonverbal cues.

Do I have to account for how I spend child support?

Parents are linked to each other forever through their children. This means that fights you had when you were together can still come up even though you are no longer romantically involved. For instance, money can still be a major source of contention and many people fight over child support.

Let's imagine, for example, you receive $400 a month in support and the other parent claims that you are wasting that money on things for yourself. You might feel pressured to somehow justify your spending or hand over receipts to prove how you are handling support, but before you do this, you should know that unless a court has ordered you to do so, you have no obligation to provide any accounting for how child support is spent.

High stakes in high-asset divorces

Every divorce has the potential to be emotionally, physically and financially life-changing. However, when you and your soon-to-be ex are dealing with complicated assets or large sums of money, it is the financial aspect that can take precedence.

When money is at the crux of your divorce, every decision you make can have financial ramifications. While it is said that money cannot buy happiness, in a divorce, it can provide security and serve as a reflection of each person's contribution to the marriage. Because of this, battles over money in high-asset divorces can be contentious, lengthy and complicated.

Is your small business up for grabs in your divorce? - Part II

If you're a regular follower of our blog then you may have read last week's post in which we discussed how to determine whether a business is considered separate or marital property. As we explained in the post, which can be found here, marital property is divided equitably during divorce proceedings. In order to do this with a business, though, it must first go through the valuation process.

What is the valuation process, you may be wondering? Business valuation, as the name suggests, is a process by which value is assigned to a business. In cases of dissolution of marriage, a business that has been labeled marital property will be assessed a value that will then be divided between spouses for the purposes of equitable distribution.

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