5 Key Parenting Plan Considerations to Remember if You Have a Child with Special Needs

April 12, 2019

Going through a divorce with children is never easy. It’s an uncertain, emotionally fraught time that can put everyone involved into upheaval. Custody must be determined, child support must be secured, and parents must learn how to work together to raise children in a logistical manner they never considered before. But for the parents of children with special needs, the divorce process is even more complicated. What may seem like a “simple” divorce under any other circumstances can quickly become complex as care plans, expensive medical treatment, and a need for routine have to come into play. Here are 5…Read More »

I’m Getting Married Soon. Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

February 5, 2019

You’ve got the date and venue set, and all the details are falling into place. You’re getting ready for the biggest, most romantic day of your life – Your wedding day. But before you head down the aisle, you may be wondering if signing a prenuptial agreement is a good idea. Sure, it’s not a romantic thing at all (Who wants to think about getting divorced before you’re even married?), but many couples find prenuptial agreements practical documents that help them feel secure starting their new lives together, knowing there will be fewer disagreements down the road.   What Is…Read More »

You’ve Been Furloughed: How To Stay Afloat

January 25, 2019

As the partial government shut down continues, federal employees have now missed two paychecks. Whether you are in the midst of a divorce case and trying to stay on top of your attorney’s fees, or you owe child support and are falling behind, or you’re a newly divorced spouse slated to receive alimony but are not because your spouse has been furloughed, you will need to consider some ways to stay afloat. In a previous post, we discussed the possibility of modifying your child support for a temporary reduction or payment plan. Other options include researching temporary loans. Review this…Read More »

Government Shutdown: Impact On Your Family Law Case

January 21, 2019

It is day 30 of the government’s partial shutdown, far exceeding the 21-day record shutdown in 1995. If you are a federal worker, or have a spouse or partner (or ex-spouse or ex-partner) who is a federal worker, you are—as 800,000 others also are—most likely experiencing the stress of not knowing when the next paycheck will arrive. If you are involved in a family law matter, you may have the added stress of wondering what impact the shutdown will have on your case. Fortunately, your family law case is at the state court level (e.g., Montgomery County Circuit Court, Prince…Read More »

I Lost My Job. What Does that Mean for My Child Support?

December 11, 2018

Losing a job is a stressful, nerve-wracking experience. You aren’t sure how you’re going to pay all your bills, or how quickly you may find another job. If you’re responsible for paying child support, your worries may go up to a whole other level. How will you pay your bills and support your child? If you’ve lost your job, depending on the reason, duration, and other circumstances, you may be eligible for an adjustment in your child support. Here are some typical conditions our clients run into when there is a job loss: If You Were Laid Off Getting laid…Read More »

I Want a Divorce. What Do I Do Now?

November 28, 2018

You’ve been thinking about it for quite some time, and have finally come to the realization: You want a divorce. Maybe your spouse has been unfaithful, or you have. Or perhaps you’ve suffered from some sort of abuse, whether physical, emotional, or financial. Maybe you’re just not happy anymore and realize that you can never be the person you were meant to be if you stay in your marriage. Whatever the reason for your divorce, you need to make sure you follow some careful steps after you make the decision to protect yourself and your children. Consult an Attorney If…Read More »

7 Tips for Preparing for Your Divorce Deposition

October 31, 2018

Your divorce case has reached a point where one or both attorneys involved agrees that it’s time to take depositions. Whether the deposition is to help solidify the truth of certain facts, or simply to help each side get a feel for what sort of witness the other will be at trial, depositions are important – and nerve-wracking – parts of some divorce cases. Unless you’ve been involved in a previous court case, it’s unlikely you’ve ever given a deposition before. This uncertainty can leave you feeling worried about what to expect from the deposition. Thankfully, half the battle of…Read More »

Who Gets to Keep the Family Pet in My Divorce?

September 10, 2018

  Getting divorced means you have to make a whole slew of decisions: When the kids are going to be with each parent, who gets to keep the house, how the financial accounts should be split up. A decision that can become just as fraught with anger and contention as child custody is figuring out where the family pet will live. Pets are important parts of many families, regardless of if there are children involved, and people form intense connections to their dogs, cats, birds, and other furry friends. Because of these bonds, deciding with whom Fido or Missy will…Read More »

Will Divorce Affect My Green Card?

September 7, 2018

  Divorce is hard to experience on its own. Parting ways with someone who you had a strong connection with can be emotionally taxing. No matter the reason for divorce, you most likely don’t want to have to worry about anything else. But what if your marriage is connected to your green card? Will your divorce affect your United States residency or citizenship?There are a few different answers to this question, depending on your individual situation. You’re Already a Permanent Resident If you’re already a lawful permanent resident with a 10-year green card, renewing your green card after a divorce won’t…Read More »

My Spouse and I Agree on Everything in Our Divorce. Do I Still Need a Lawyer?

August 8, 2018

You and your spouse have come to the conclusion that you’re better off getting a divorce. Even through all the uncertainty and stress, you’ve been able to talk through the points that need deciding during your divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony, division of property, and who gets the house. The way things look right now, you agree on everything. It looks like smooth sailing as you navigate toward the signing of the final papers. Since you agree on everything, you may wonder: Do I really need to spend the money on hiring an attorney? First, we want to let…Read More »