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Category Archives: Marriage and Family

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Hearing over paternity of Anna Nicole Smith’s infant daughter slated Friday

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The melodramatic legal fallout from Anna Nicole Smith’s death shifted Friday from where to bury the former Playboy Playmate to who gets custody of her baby, who could inherit millions. Attorneys for Larry Birkhead, the photographer who claims to have fathered 5-month-old Dannielynn, planned to ask a Florida family court… Continue Reading

Entering rehab can bolster Britney Spears’ bid for custody of children, lawyers say

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Marriage and Family
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ decision to check into rehab could help her in court as she to tries to retain custody of her two young children with estranged husband Kevin Federline, according to family law attorneys. That is, of course, if she actually completes a rehab program. When Spears checked into Promises Malibu… Continue Reading

Kevin Federline to appear at Los Angeles courthouse for emergency hearing

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Marriage and Family
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Britney Spears was checking out of rehab for the second time in a week on Wednesday, her estranged husband was making plans to go to court amid a custody dispute over their two children. Kevin Federline and his lawyer were scheduled to appear at a downtown courthouse Thursday for an… Continue Reading

Missouri Case Law Development: Child’s Conduct Is Not Relevant To Child Support Award

Posted in Family Law, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized
Trial Court erred in failing to follow two-step procedure for determining Child support. Child’s SSI from Father’s disability does not constitute income to Father or credit for Mother. Evidence did not support imputation of income to Father. Child’s conduct toward Mother does not support a reduction in Mother’s obligation to Child, absent evidence of interference… Continue Reading

Attorney’s Fees as tax deductions

Posted in Assets and Debts, Financial Issues, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized
The Kansas Family Law Blog had a great posting recently about the deductibility of attorney’s fees, which I have set forth below.  For more information on this issue, see the tax archives of this blog It’s that time of year again. Of course, the general rule is that lawyers’ fees and costs in connection with obtaining… Continue Reading

Missouri Case Law Development: Presumed correct child support regarding daycare

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Family Law, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized
Presumed correct support amount even if daycare paid separately. John Mitalovich, Appellant, v. Tammy Lee Toomey, Respondent, No. 87755 (Mo. App. E.D., November 21, 2006, Ahrens, P.J.   This summary is strictly for the purpose of noting the proper findings in a judgment as to the presumed correct support amount for child support when work-related child… Continue Reading

Selling Your Home When Divorcing

Posted in Alimony / Maintenance, Assets and Debts, Financial Issues, Marriage and Family, Property Division, Uncategorized
The following are some infomative and useful tips on the sale of a residence in divorce from divorcehq.com For many people going through a divorce their biggest asset is their home or in legal speak, the marital residence. Deciding what to do about the marital residence is often a major issue in a divorce. There are a few… Continue Reading

Ideas to enhance communication with your children

Posted in Marriage and Family
mvparents.com recently posted this article to help parents to initiate conversation and enhance communication with their children.  Below are some very helpful tips to keep communication going in your family. Sometimes getting a teenager to talk is harder than getting a cat to follow instructions. And when things aren’t going well, talking sounds more like… Continue Reading

New Jersey Court Recognizes Same Sex “Marriage”

Posted in Marriage and Family, Same Sex Couple Issues
From cnn.com TRENTON, New Jersey (CNN) — In a decision likely to stoke the contentious election-year debate over same-sex marriage, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that state lawmakers must provide the rights and benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples. The high court on Wednesday gave legislators six months to either change… Continue Reading

Tips for Newly Single Parents

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Legal Separation, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized
The Following practical tips are offered by New York Times/about.com author Jennifer Wolf on how to get through your first year as a single parent. Develop a Support Network This is absolutely crucial. You need to know who you can depend on right now. Most likely, this network includes your immediate family and friends, but think… Continue Reading

Communicating effectively with your child through divorce

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized
The following are some tips for communicating with with your child during and after divorce.  Thanks to the folks at  divorcesupport.com for this great information Remember to be as open as possible, which will reinforce and even enhance your trust for one another. Many parents find that they do communicate better during divorce and/or separation because it… Continue Reading

Telling Your Child About Divorce

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Legal Separation, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized
Divorce is stressful for parents and children alike. Although children’s emotional reactions usually depend on their age at the time of the divorce, many children experience feelings of sadness, anger, and anxiety – and it’s not uncommon for these feelings to be expressed in their behavior. Often, the child’s emotional reaction can be quite different… Continue Reading