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What factors can affect a child custody order?

When you are trying to find out what is going to happen with child custody, things can be rather difficult. It is imperative for you to think carefully about all of the factors that come into the picture so that you can determine how you are going to handle things. Before you make any decisions, think about these questions.

How are child custody decisions made?

Properly plan for your divorce

Ending your marriage is a big event that you should ensure you are prepared for, especially if you are the one who is initiating the divorce. In most cases, the desire to divorce doesn't come suddenly, so you should have time to take steps that would make your divorce a bit easier. We know that you might have some questions about how you should prepare for a divorce. We are here to help you build a plan and get it moving forward.

One thing that is important when you are divorcing is to know about the finances in the marriage. This includes knowing what assets are available and what debts are present. This information might take time to find, but knowing where you stand ahead of time can help you to ensure that you aren't getting the short end of the stick when you are going through the property division aspect of the divorce.

Collaborative divorce might be an option to end your marriage

Going through a divorce is a traumatic experience for many people. Thinking about the various court appearances and putting your future into the hands of someone who doesn't know you might be frightening. You do have other options that might help you to deal with the divorce without having to feel like you don't have any control over what is going on.

Collaborative divorce is a way of dealing with the normal disputes of divorce without asking the court to step in. The out-of-court process lets you and your attorney meet with your ex and his or her attorney. Everyone would then work together to determine the terms of the divorce.

False pregnancy tests could create legal issues for families

Most pregnancy tests leave little room for doubt that a woman is pregnant. A positive pregnancy test can offer the first confirmation that two lives are about to change forever. The likelihood that a test is a false positive is zero to three percent, but what happens if the test was taken by a person other than the woman claiming it?

A woman in Jacksonville, Fla., who is six months pregnant, was recently found to be selling positive pregnancy tests via Craigslist. Although a positive pregnancy test could be used as a harmless prank, it can also be used to trap men into making custodial or marital arrangements. Surprisingly, selling positive pregnancy tests is not illegal, but it could raise unique issues in family law arrangements.

Fighting to help same-sex couples with family law issues

We recently discussed some of the unique challenges that same-sex couples face. When the challenges that you face are of the legal variety, such as child custody, property division or adoption, we are here to help you learn about the options that you have to handle the situation.

We know that you only want to live your life. Unfortunately, things happen all the time that might throw a wrench in your plans. You might not have foreseen the divorce coming or you might not have expected to fall in love with your partner's child so much that you want to adopt the child. We can help you to learn the process for either of these situations.

Property division is part of ending a domestic partnership

When a marriage goes south, the parties can file for a divorce to legally end the commitment. When a domestic partnership goes south, you can take steps to end the obligation you have to your partner. It is important that you do this properly so that you aren't on the hook for anything once you end the relationship.

One thing that you might not realize is that you will have to go through many of the same steps that a married person has to go through when he or she is divorcing. For example, you and your ex will have to decide who gets what.

Domestic partnerships have responsibilities and benefits

Even though same-sex marriage has become legal nationwide, some people might still opt to use a domestic partnership as the legal basis for their cohabitation agreement. The domestic partnership has some benefits that you should be aware of so that you can decide if this is an option that you want to consider.

One thing that you must know about domestic partnership agreements is that they might not all provide the same benefits. Some benefits, such as those that are employer sponsored might not be offered any longer because of recognition of same-sex marriage. If you have questions about specific benefits, you should get answers to those questions before you make a determination about a domestic partnership.

Child custody orders might require clarification or change

Child custody orders should be taken very seriously. Failing to comply with these orders can sometimes lead to serious legal issues. For example, if you are supposed to bring your child to your ex and fail to do so, you could face trouble.

We know that child custody orders aren't always easy to understand but they all focus on the child's best interests. In some cases, the language and terms get complex. We can help you to understand what your child custody order says so that you can make sure that you are doing what you are supposed to do.

Know how to handle issues with child custody orders

Child custody is a touchy subject for many parents because either the other parent isn't following the child custody order or there are issues with child support. In all of these cases, the child is likely going to be the one who suffers.

It is crucial for parents to understand their rights when it comes to child custody matters since their actions can have a major impact on the children.

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