Divorce proceedings don't have to be long and contentious. Often, divorcing couples without children or with short marriages don't have any major disagreements about custody, visitation, property division or child or spousal support - these couples may be able to choose a faster, cheaper method of divorce.
Overview of Annulment The concept of annulment is often misunderstood because popular culture and religion have presented differing and often inaccurate views of what an annulment means in terms of family law. This article focuses on "civil annulments" not "religious annulments," which can only be granted by a church or clergy member.
Although alimony awards are not as common as they used to be, many courts will still award a financially dependent spouse some form of alimony, especially if the couple was married for a long time. When a dependent spouse (or “supported spouse”) becomes financially stable, however, the paying spouse will usually want to end alimony payments.
Is there a difference between a legal separation and a divorce? Yes. The main difference is that when legal separation proceedings are complete, you will still be married to your spouse. On the other hand, when a divorce is over, you and your spouse will no longer be married, and both of you will be free to remarry if you wish.
While a job loss may make it harder for a parent to pay child support, a parent’s responsibility to financially support their child does not disappear automatically, even if their paycheck has. Some job losses are outside a parent’s control, but other times a parent may quit a well-paying job as
Studies show that 30% to 60% of parents who have abused their intimate partner have also abused their children. Because of statistics like this, courts are generally very careful when giving custody or visitation to a parent who has committed domestic violence. This article explains how domestic violence
If you are a parent going through a divorce, or if you have never been married to your child’s other parent and are ending the relationship, you may need information about child support. In the District of Columbia (D.C.), both parents, whether married or not, are obligated to support their children.