Below are some questions often asked by clients. If you have a question not answered here, or if you need to know how your specific situation relates to the information here, feel free to contact The Lilly Law firm by phone or email today.
I'm frequently asked by parents who pay child support if they can demand an accounting from their ex of how exactly the child support money is being spent, as they don't believe it's going to the children (but rather a car, house, etc). This idea is the basis of the song "Gold Digger".
Typically, the most stressful aspect of a divorce for a parent is the prospect of child custody. Rather than both parents having the children all the time, the children's time is divided and given to the parents by either agreement or court order.
A question many parents have is how much custody time they'll have after the divorce. Many times, parents ask what standard visitation is.
At the end of the most recent legislative session, a new bill was passed adopting a new system for powers of attorney. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2017. There are two major implications to the change.
There are two issues surrounding where a case will be filed - jurisdiction and venue. There is a course in law school dedicated almost entirely to these issues (civil procedure), so unfortunately I can't give a comprehensive answer to the question that suits every situation. The general rule is that cases must be filed in the state and county where the person you're filing against lives, but divorce and family law have more exceptions to that rule than probably any other area of law.
While attorneys do our best to draft wills that are durable, and will reflect your wishes in a variety of scenarios (related to who may or may not survive you, who will serve as executor, etc.), your will may need to be updated when 1) your wishes change, 2) your situation changes, or 3) the law changes.
Often a house may be in only one person's name instead of both. If so, know that how the house is titled is not controlling in a divorce. Regardless of how the house is titled, it will be handled the same way in the divorce, and just like everything else - as a division of marital property.
This is where you have to take a step back and assess your goals. You can hold out for the best financial terms possible, or you can reach an agreement sooner than later, but it's not usually possible to do both.