One of the most oft discussed topics in the area of family law is that of alimony, or what is now more commonly referred to as â€œspousal maintenanceâ€ or â€œspousal support.â€ If youâ€™re on the receiving end of it, of course you like it; if youâ€™re on the court-ordered giving end of it, not so much.
When children are involved in a divorce, the opposing parties often use the federal dependency tax exemption as a bargaining chip. Although it is a frequent source of contention, the rules for determining who gets the exemption are straightforward. And it's important to know the rules.
Arguably the most discussed issue relating to the most common legal issue people grapple with--divorce--is, â€œHow much is all this going to cost me?â€ This is a very valid question, but unfortunately one without an easy answer. It depends on a lot of different things...
Thinking about legal separation or divorce but think you MUST hire an attorney to assist you with the process? Think again! If husband and wife are fairly cooperative and agreeable and no children are involved, you actually may be able to dissolve your own marriage WITHOUT legal representation!
Sometimes one of the parents simply disappears from the scene and acts as if they never had a child. They may not want to be financially responsible for the minor, or they may simply not want to be "bothered" with a child, often because they haven't fully grown up yet themselves. What to do?