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How Life Insurance Can Help Protect You & Your Child in a Divorce

When spouses divorce, most of the family issues are resolved either at the time of the divorce or shortly thereafter. The judge issues a divorce decree, which grants the spouses the right to start new relationships and to remarry if they choose. The marital property is divided in accordance with the equitable distribution agreement and…

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Why Do Prosecutors and Defense Lawyers Negotiate Plea Bargains?

The different participants in the criminal justice system have different interests. The job of a criminal defense lawyer is to assert every argument and every strategy possible to achieve the best possible outcome for his client. The prosecutor is there to represent the needs of the public when a person has committed a crime. Sometimes,…

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Medical Kidnapping: When a Hospital Kidnaps Your Child

Every parent’s nightmare is their child falling seriously ill. But imagine this bad dream getting even worse. You take your child to the hospital or urgent care for medical help and the recommended course of treatment has significant side effects – side effects that you believe will have harmful and permanent effects on the well-being…

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Can I Get a DUI on Kratom?

Kratom is a supplement derived from the tropical evergreen tree Mitragyna speciosa. It is native to Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries, where people have used the leaves as both a stimulant and sedative for decades, if not centuries. Some people also use kratom for treating chronic pain, digestive problems, and for help…

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How Can I Get More Parenting Time with My Kid?

Whether a parent is in the beginning stages of a divorce, in the middle of a custody dispute, or are thinking about modifying a custody agreement, they almost always have the same question – how can I maximize the amount of time I will get to spend with my children? Of course, every case is…

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What to Expect if You Have Been Ordered to Take a Parenting Class

Parenting classes are often the result of a guardian ad litem recommendation that the court accepts. The course is usually suggested in response to concerns of the other parent that the guardian has been able to validate through an investigation. In other cases, such as an emergency hearing, the court may not have the luxury…

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A Globe-Spanning Parental Abduction Case, 23 Years in the Making

It used to be automatically assumed that, upon a divorce, the children would live with the mother and have visitation with their father. This premise, called the “tender years” doctrine, is no longer the standard, because children fare best when both parents are active participants in their lives and upbringing. Still, child custody can be…

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Can Text Messages Prove Adultery in a Divorce?

Adultery is a common reason couples divorce, and can be claimed in a fault-based divorce. However, to make an adultery allegation, you must have hard proof. You may hear about an affair through gossip or your circle of friends, but this is not enough for the court. Our clients sometimes ask if things like text…

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