Collaborative Divorce News

REMOVING A SPOUSE’S NAME FROM A MORTGAGE OBLIGATION

When spouses who are jointly obligated on a mortgage are going through a divorce, options with regard to the existing mortgage are very limited. A refinance by one spouse will effectively remove the other spouse from the mortgage obligation and may result in a cash buyout if there is sufficient equity in the home. Sale […]

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RIGHTS OF GRANDPARENTS UNDER PENNSYLVANIA CUSTODY LAW

Grandparents custodial rights were clearly defined by the enactment of the 2011 custody statute and modifications to the Rules of Procedure. A grandparent may file for custody only if he or she is “in loco parentis” to the child (acting as parent to the child), or if he or she can prove that the relationship […]

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THIS INTERESTING ARTICLE ABOUT COLLABORATIVE LAW WAS IN THE INQUIRER A FEW WEEKS AGO

By Debra Denison Cantor and Ann V. Levin While many associate the word divorce with painful and messy, a new emphasis on conflict resolution has led to a specialty known as “collaborative divorce.” Gaining traction in Pennsylvania as well as being part of an international movement, collaborative divorce is saving clients time, heartache, and often thousands of dollars. Under collaborative […]

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HOLIDAYS AND VACATIONS

Most Custody Agreements provide for an odd/even year designation with regard to holidays and special events. This helps the parents and the court, if necessary, keep track of who has custody for a particular holiday for a given year and provides the parents with the ability to make plans in advance.  The Custody Agreement should […]

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CONTINUING OBLIGATION TO REPORT CHANGES IN INCOME

If you are paying support through a domestic relations department, you have an affirmative duty to report in writing material changes in income.  If you are receiving support paid through a domestic relations department, you should file a Petition to Modify immediately after learning of any misrepresentation in income by the other party. Delay in […]

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PARENTING PLAN GUIDE ARIZONA SUPREME COURT

This guide for parenting time is intended to provide helpful  ideas in making decisions about parenting time. A parenting  plan is a document that states when the children will be with  each parent (parenting time) and how major decisions will be  made (legal custody). This guide provides sample plans for  parents to use in reaching […]

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GOVERNOR SIGNS NEW LAW PROMOTING DIVORCE WITH DIGNITY

This week, Governor Chris Christie signed the NJ Family Collaborative Law Act, S-1224/A-1477 (Weinberg/Diegnan), empowering families to divorce with dignity and self-esteem, without resort to conventional litigation.   Widely praised, the new bipartisan law passed all legislative committees and both Houses without a single ‘no’ vote. Passage of the new law was spearheaded by the New […]

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COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE BILL CLEARED BY COMMITTEE, HEADS TO FULL N.J. SENATE

New Jersey is moving closer to a method of divorce fashioned in meeting rooms rather than courtrooms. A bill passed unanimously by the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday would allow divorcing spouses to hire legal counsel trained in collaborative practices to resolve their cases less litigiously and so less expensively. Couples could have a […]

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CHILDREN OF DIVORCE

I’ve been doing a lot of weddings recently that involve children from previous marriages.  I wrote this piece to serve as a reminder to parents who divorce to be hyper-vigilant in helping children to process their experience of the family breakup.   I had feedback from a friend who was reluctant to pass this article along […]

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PRESERVING TEXT MESSAGES FOR USE IN COURT

“…In family law, parties frequently have to prove what information has been exchanged between two spouses.  When the parties communicate via letter or e-mail, it is easy to produce reliable evidence: just photocopy the letter or print the e-mail message.  Text messages, however, are not quite so easy.  It is not practical to physically take […]

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