3 Types of Legal Orders to Protect Victims

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Jail time, probation, community service, and fines are all punishments for crimes, which deters most people from breaking the law. However, in cases with repetitive problems, and one way to prevent future crimes is with orders to protect victims. If you would like to know more, keep reading to learn more about restraining, protective, and no-contact orders.

  1. Restraining Order

A restraining order is designed to protect a potential victim. For this reason, they can be issued even before a crime has been committed. In most cases, they are not usually used for abusive situations, but they can deter future abusive situations if the restraining order is taken seriously

Empowering Questions to Ask Before Getting a Divorce

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People generally don’t consider divorce lightly. However, once the thought of divorce even pops up in people’s heads, they’re generally in a high-stress mindset within their marriage. Clarity of thought is hard to come by at that stage.

If you’re in that situation, a selection of empowering questions may help you get that clarity. Empowering questions are those that provoke thought and help a person look for answers rather than make emotional reactions. Keep reading for a selection of empowering questions to ask as you consider divorce.

The Benefits of Establishing Paternity

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The Benefits of Establishing Paternity

The legal determination of paternity enables men to protect their right to share in the joy of raising their child. The benefits of testing can also extend to the child in many ways. Here is what all fathers should know about why they should do all they can to prove paternity, particularly when they aren’t married to the child’s mother.

Testing Not Always Needed

DNA testing gives conclusive evidence of a relationship, but it is not always necessary. The state of New Mexico assumes that the husband of a woman who gives birth is the father if the child is born within 300 days of their marriage. Unmarried parents can also notify the state with an Acknowledgment of Paternity form filed with the vital statistics bureau.

Divorce and Finances: Is Anything Safe?

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Divorce and Finances: Is Anything Safe?

Financial matters rank at the top of the list of worries for anyone during a divorce. The concern of one less income and the potential need to replace belongings can make people wonder about their future bank account balance. Knowing what assets are at risk — before filing paperwork or negotiating an agreement — can make planning for the future easier.

Balances of Bank Accounts

Marital property usually includes all items purchased and any money earned during the marriage. The money kept in bank accounts, even if the couple keeps separate accounts in their names, is marital property. The court will usually include the balance of the accounts at the time of the divorce filing as a cash asset to divide.

What Can You Do if Your Ex Refuses to Pay Child Support?

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According to CBS News, approximately 30% of payments are not being paid at all and less than half are paid in full. This has created a nation-wide child support deficit of $10 billion.

If you’re owed child support, it can be difficult to figure out what you can do to remedy the situation. And, with so many parents in a similar situation, you may wonder if it’s even worth it. It is! The truth is, you can do a handful of different things to get your ex to start paying what they owe.

5 Steps to Successfully Navigate Divorce While Chronically Ill

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The ending of a marriage is always a challenging time. But when you are also struggling with a chronic illness, it’s even more complicated. How can you successfully navigate your divorce while maintaining your health as much as possible? Here are five key ways.

1. Communicate Openly

Your divorce attorney is going to be a key part of your divorce team, so start out by being honest with them about your health and emotional issues. Let the legal team know what your symptoms are, what treatment you are currently going through, how your energy or daily activities are affected, and how it may impact your ability to meet certain obligations (like meetings about your case).

By being open with your lawyer, he or she can also help you identify ways that your health should impact your divorce claim and ways that you can make the actual legal process easier on your body.

Can a Medical Dispute Lead to a Change in Custody?

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Can a Medical Dispute Lead to a Change in Custody

When you are married, making medical decisions for a minor child can be rather straightforward. But when you are divorced, the medical decisions that are made for your child can become a point of contention and can even lead to a change in custody.

Sole Legal Custody

When the courts award sole legal custody, only one parent has custody of the minor. When one parent does not have custody, he or she still has the right to be told about the medical decisions that the other parent makes on behalf of the child.

How to Prepare for a Child Custody Battle

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Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially difficult to navigate when children are involved. Do you anticipate a rough child custody fight in your future? If so, you’ll want to make sure you go in prepared for any contingency. Here are some tips to keep in mind to get through this difficult process.

Make Sure You Attempt a Settlement If Possible

When going through a divorce with children involved, you need to put your kids ahead of your own personal emotions. You might be angry at the other side, but your personal vendetta won’t improve your children’s situation.

If you can keep the worst of the custody battle out of court, you owe it to your kids to do so. Reach out to the other side to at least see if they are willing to sit down with you and talk it out. You don’t have to like your spouse, but you do have to view them as the father or mother of your children and someone who might be a part of your life for years to come.

Parenting Plans And Significant Others: How Do They Relate?

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Suppose your parenting plan has been working fine—but now your ex-spouse has a significant other. How can you manage the interactions that your child has with this partner that you may never have met?

Parenting plans are important because they contain a multitude of provisions regarding child-rearing. This includes the amount of time that a child should have with a parent’s boyfriends or girlfriends. Read on to learn what you need to know.

Moving After A Divorce: Complications Due To Shared Custody

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A move to a new state can seem like the perfect way to restart life after divorce. Unfortunately, if joint custody was part of the divorce agreement it can complicate matters. If you do not have the approval of the other parent when you move away with a child you can face legal repercussions that include the loss of custody.

Prepare During Divorce

The easiest way to handle a long-distance move is to negotiate some type of agreement during the divorce. Include how many miles away either parent can move without consent from the ex-spouse, how shared custody will take place after a move, and how much notice to provide before the relocation occurs.