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".
At the end of a long, drawn out legal battle, the judge will enter a final judgment. So, how final is that?
Most family law judgments - whether final or temporary - can be appealed.
When child support is ordered, either after a hearing or by agreement of the parties, is has to be paid. But often, people are unaware of how this is enforced. There are a few ways.
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.