Even amid all of the emotional turmoil, one of the most difficult parts of dealing with a divorce is arriving at a fair settlement. Divorces rarely leave either party feeling particularly satisfied, so generally the best you can hope for is an equitable arrangement that splits both marital debts and assets as evenly as possible. If child custody is an issue, then finalizing the divorce settlement can be an even more fraught and emotionally taxing process. [Read More]
Should You Accept A Plea Bargain In Your Criminal Case?
Plea bargains are an important part of the American criminal justice system and are used in all sorts of situations to move a criminal case quickly through the system. In fact, it's estimated that 97% of federal criminal cases and 94% of cases at the state level end in a plea deal. For prosecutors, a plea deal is always a "win" because the defendant is accepting his or her guilt in exchange for what is, presumably, a lighter sentence. [Read More]
Tips For Negotiating Child Support While Going Through Your Divorce
If you and your spouse are going through a divorce and have a child together, the topic of child support is bound to come up. If it looks as though you will be the one responsible for paying support payments, use the following tips to help you get through negotiating the amount, frequency, and terms of your child support. Have All Income and Expense Documentation Before you go through mediation or to court to discuss you paying child support, obtain copies of all of your income. [Read More]
Five Things You Should Know About Child Support
Child support is one of the most controversial issues that divorcing couples or unmarried couples have to discuss. Here are five things to broaden your understanding of the legal side of child support: It Does Not End Automatically The first thing to know is that child support termination isn't automatic. In most cases, the paying parent has to submit an application to the court to get the payments stopped. Therefore, don't stop remitting the child support money just because the child has reached their 18th birthday, graduated high school or graduated from college – whatever the case may be. [Read More]