Disputes about children and money are the most common sources of conflict in divorced families. These conflicts often escalate into legal battles with serious repercussions. However, a little bit of communication and cooperation can go a long way in helping families resolve their differences peacefully. A family lawyer can help guide parents through difficult times.
The breakdown of a marriage can lead to various types of litigation, from child custody disputes and alimony rows to civil claims like this one, where the mother accuses her ex of defamation. Regardless of the specific nature of a dispute, all parties involved should consult with an experienced family law attorney to ensure that their rights and interests are protected throughout the process.
Some states have adopted a no-fault divorce system, which provides equal property rights to both parties after divorce and a formula that calculates alimony payments based on the winner’s income. But the reality is that many people who divorce do not have the luxury of having this kind of financial safety net. Many states also have laws that allow judges to take into account marital fault when determining certain aspects of divorce settlements, including alimony and child custody decisions.
For these reasons, a divorce can be extremely stressful for all parties involved. It is important to remember that both sides are going through a difficult time and it is natural for arguments to arise. However, it is important to know when the lines are being crossed from frustrating or offensive behavior into parental kidnapping.
Despite the fact that laws vary from state to state, most states consider both the biological and non-biological parent to be legally entitled to visitation or custody rights. This is especially true for same-sex couples who conceive children through artificial insemination. Unfortunately, these couples often face discrimination in court when arguing over the fate of their children.
A recent case involves a New York photographer who is fighting for custody of her son. She claims that her former girlfriend is not a parent because she did not formally adopt the boy. The other woman claims that she did act as a parent because she regularly had the boy stay at her house for sleepovers and she picked him up from school.
As the world becomes more diverse, it is important that our family law systems keep up with these changes. For example, state laws should be updated to reflect that same-sex couples can conceive children through artificial insemination. Similarly, when a parent is accused of parental kidnapping they should be held accountable by the law. Family lawyers can provide valuable insight into how current family law is changing and help their clients understand the impact of these changes on their own cases. The attorneys at USC AdSaxton Law are dedicated to assisting their clients with all of their family law needs. Contact our office to schedule a consultation. We can help you resolve your divorce disputes quickly and efficiently.