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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 »

Most Recent FAQs

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 »

What happens if I don’t agree with my spouse on our date of separation for property division?

A parties “net family property” is determined based on property owned at the date of separation and property owned on the date of marriage. Since the date of marriage is constant, this means that the date of separation can be crucial in a high net worth divorce.

If both spouses cannot agree on a date then a judge will determine the date of separation (the day on which there was no reasonable prospect of reconciliation) based on the facts of the case.

Both spouses do not have to want to separate for... MORE »