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What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

Depending on one's specific set of circumstances, certain divorce legal issues can take precedence. For example, divorcing couples with a child may focus a lot of their time and energy on resolving child custody and visitation matters. Those who gave up their career in order to raise a family may want to take the time to develop strong legal arguments for alimony. Of course, each of these issues, as well as other family law matters, should be part of a comprehensive approach to marriage dissolution. Therefore, in order to proceed in a way that one feels supports his or her best interests, individuals need to know as much as they can about divorce.

What can child support payments be used to pay for?

A recent post here discussed how child support is calculated in the courts following a divorce and child custody ruling. But, what exactly can child support be used for? The answer may surprise you. Despite what many people assume, child support payments can be used for much more than just the basic necessities of food and shelter.

Avoid being taken advantage of in divorce by seeking help

Last week on the blog we discussed divorce rates and its acceptability amongst the general public. Although divorce is becoming more acceptable, it can still be quite contentious, perhaps even unacceptable, for those going through the process. After all, marriage dissolution often involves a number of emotions, including sadness, anger, frustration and fear. A cocktail of these emotions can make it difficult to work with the other side, which could, in turn, place one's best interests at risk.

Understanding how child support is calculated

When a child support order comes from the courts, the non-custodial parent who owes child support has a legal duty to pay. Failure to do so could lead to serious consequences, including but not limited to changes in one's credit rating, wage garnishment and even contempt of court, which could lead to time in jail.

Divorce becoming more acceptable as divorce rate falls

It wasn't long ago that divorce was seen as a morally reprehensible act that should be denounced. Back then, in the 50s, 60s and 70s, many Americans wanted divorce to be more difficult to obtain, and many felt that divorce was unacceptable. Even the law reflected this reality, with no-fault divorce not becoming legal until California passed a law enacting it in 1968.

Adoption subsidies and special needs

Choosing to adopt a child can be one of the best decisions of an individual's life. In many instances, adoption provides a home to a child in need. Sometimes this is because the child's biological parents are unfit to parent, in others it is because the child's biological parents are deceased. Yet, even though this process can have immense rewards, it can also pose risks, especially those that are financial in nature. After all, raising a child can be extremely costly, especially when that child has special needs.

Understanding how child support is calculated

There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when a judge makes a ruling regarding child support. While some judges tend to follow a specific formula for rendering their decision, other judges will look at each case individually and make their decision after looking at several factors.

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