Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets to keep the house in a divorce?
Factors a court may consider in deciding who will keep the marital home include who will have physical custody of any children, and whether separate or community funds comprise any equity in the home.
What if my ex-spouse is refusing to pay child support?
If your co-parent won’t pay child support, it is important to document each instance of non-compliance, and if you cannot resolve the issue on your own, you can seek enforcement or contempt in court.
Can I adopt the child of one of my relatives?
Family members are often given preference over non-family members wishing to adopt a child, with stepparents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles commonly serving as adoptive parents in this situation.
How do I change the amount of alimony ordered in my divorce settlement?
If you can demonstrate a significant change in your circumstances, you may be able to temporarily or permanently change the amount of alimony or spousal support you are either paying or receiving.
Can my ex move to another state with my kids?
Depending on your state’s law, your spouse may need to either give you the opportunity to contest the move, or go through a formal petition process in court before they are allowed to move the kids.
Alimony / Spousal Support
Depending on the law of your state and your circumstances, alimony or spousal support may be awarded in a divorce, and can be either temporary or permanent, though the latter is becoming less common.
Establishing a legal relationship between a father and child through voluntary acknowledgement, genetic testing, or other means may entitle the child to financial support and the father to visitation.
For couples wishing for a less contentious marriage dissolution process, collaborative divorce offers a cooperative means of reaching final agreements regarding things like finances and child custody.
After a marriage ends, co-parents often work to reach agreements regarding where the children will live, visitation schedules, and who will make decisions about things like education and medical care.
Victims of abuse, stalking, or harassment by current or former family members can seek temporary or permanent court orders reducing or eliminating all contact between the perpetrator and the victim.