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What does joint custody actually mean?

Joint custody is a broad term which in legal terms means that both parents must agree on major decisions which affect their child. Neither parent is allowed to decide on child related matters unilaterally without consulting the other parent. If there is a disagreement they must work together to solve the problem otherwise they may find themselves back in court.

Sometimes parents are unable to agree on anything, and this may result in a court making an order for sole custody. Joint custody only works when both parents are willing to... MORE »

Most Recent FAQs

What is the best way to create a parenting plan?

Often parents cannot agree on a parenting plan or just don’t know how to put one together. This can result with both parents in front of a judge. Less extreme help is available.

Some good options for parents to consider include the assistance of lawyers, of a mediator or of a parenting coordinator.

Family lawyers are very practiced in putting together a parenting plan. Usually this can be accomplished in a single meeting where all the parties sit down together and the lawyers help come up with a plan that works for... MORE »

If I have not seen my children in some time can I begin visiting them?

This will depend on the age of the children, the amount of time it has been since you saw the children and the circumstances which caused you to not be able to see the children. With younger children if there was some reason, for example drug use or imprisonment that caused you to be unable to see your children and you have reformed then you can usually receive some access to the children.

If your spouse will not agree to provide you with any access and you believe you have reformed... MORE »

Should I just pay my spouse half of everything in my divorce?

As with many things in family law the answer is – it depends. If your goal is to receive a quick amicable divorce then splitting everything equally might very well be your best bet. However, if your goal is to enforce your rights according to the law, or to come out of the relationship with as much property as possible, then you may want to hire a lawyer and take a more measured approach to your divorce.

Although most wealth that is accumulated during a marriage is by law split equally... MORE »

What assets are not included in equalization of net family property?

Any gifts or inheritances received by an individual during the relationship which have not been dissipated will not be shared. Any assets owned prior to marriage will not be shared. Any assets covered by a marriage contract will not be shared and any personal injury payout for pain and suffering will usually not be shared.

There are many addition small exceptions which can apply to family property and result in the non-equal sharing of that property but those mentioned above are the most common and typically make up the largest sums... MORE »