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Inheritances and Gifts to Children

How can parents ensure that a gift to an adult child, or a bequest in their will to a child, will not be shared with a child’s spouse if the child’s marriage breaks down? There are several actions a parent can make to protect a gift or inheritance to a...

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce is one in which no relief is being requested other than a divorce, or the terms of the relief have already been settled by a Separation Agreement or Court Order. There would also be no problem in locating and serving the other spouse. If the...

Mediation

Mediation is an alternative process that separating couples may use to resolve their differences. In mediation, the couple themselves negotiate their separation agreement with the help of a trained mediator rather than have their legal counsel negotiate for them....

Processes in Family Law

Introduction There are a number of methods in a family law matter that the spouses may use to come to a resolution of the terms of their separation. The purpose of this article is to explain briefly the different methods by outlining how they work and what are the...

Division of Assets

Upon separation, a common question asked is whether the husband and wife automatically share all their assets equally. The answer is yes and no. In a typical marriage with no marriage contract, with each party having the same net worth when married and with neither...