Joint custody means that the two ex-spouses share legal custody of the children. In some cases, the children will rotate from parent to parent. In other cases, the children will live primarily with one parent, while the other parent plays an active role in their upbringing. Where both parents work, and they share school drop-offs and pick-ups, joint custody offers more flexibility because either parent can sign school documents or grant sick-day permission. Joint custody isn't typically used where one spouse lives out of town. Contact us to get more information on the best solution for you and your children.
If I get a divorce, who pays the mortgage?
If both names are on the mortgage, you both continue to be responsible for the debt, regardless of who is actually living in the house. Unless the mortgage holder agrees to remove your name, you will not be able to remove your name from the mortgage. In that event, one option is to sell the house and pay off the mortgage.
What are my options if my ex-spouse stops paying child support?
Changes have been made to the law in recent years to give you easier and more powerful tools to collect overdue amounts. For example, you can have your ex-spouse's driver's license suspended, under certain conditions, and you can get the court to issue an order withholding pay from your ex-spouse's paycheck. If this is your dilemma, contact The Office of Ilana R. Tanner for assistance in getting this matter resolved.
Do I have to give my ex-spouse visitation rights?
Yes, generally, unless you can establish to the court's satisfaction that your ex-spouse may flee with or harm the child.
How long does the divorce process take?
You have to wait 60 days from the day you file for divorce for the court to give you a divorce. However, it could take longer if property or custodial issues can't be resolved simply.
What states allow LGBT individuals or same-sex couples to foster or adopt?
Most States do not have laws or formal policies that address the eligibility of LGBT individuals or couples to adopt or serve as foster parents. Instead, child welfare professionals and judges make placement decisions that should be in the best interests of the child. A few States have laws that restrict adoption or fostering by gay people. In States where same-sex couples can marry legally, they can also adopt. In many other States, sexual orientation or same-sex relationship status does not exclude couples from adopting.
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