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When can grandparents gain full custody?

Although it is not common for grandparents to gain custody of their grandchildren, certain circumstances make it a viable option. In all cases, it must be in the child’s best interest for their grandparents to be their primary caregivers. Otherwise, the court will decide to keep the child in the custody of their parents. What do you need to know about gaining custody of your grandchild?

 

Divorce Attorney Gets His Money's Worth

A man who was going through a divorce in New York hired attorney Richard J. Barrett to represent him in Staten Island. Unfortunately for the client, he didn't realize his attorney would be taking much more than the typical attorney's fees. Attorney Barrett took a check from his client for $125,000 that was meant to be given to his client's wife as part of the divorce settlement. However, when the wife received a check for that amount and tried to deposit it in her bank account, it bounced. Another attempt was made in May, but the account was found to have been drained completely. Barrett was arrested in early August after being charged with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and issuing a bad check. He is scheduled to appear in court again in October.

Caring for your grandkids might come with legal issues

Raising or caring your grandchildren in the Fort Bend area can come with a myriad of issues. From handling medical care to dealing with educational requirements, you may experience some challenges that were not present when you were raising your children. The chances are good that you have several questions regarding legal issues that may come up.

While a family law attorney is your best source of information when it comes to addressing legal problems you might encounter while raising your grandchild, it is still a good idea to always do your own research so that you know what kinds of questions to ask. Read further to find out more about legal issues you might experience while caring for your grandkids.

Considering filing for divorce? Alter your estate plan

Many individuals pride themselves on having their estate plan documents in order. But in actuality, estate planning is a dynamic process that must undergo periodic reviews and modifications to keep up with one's changing lifestyle.

Such is the case for couples contemplating divorce. It's important to update estate plan documents even prior to the filing your divorce petition.

Considering divorce? Alter your estate plan.

Many individuals pride themselves on having their estate plan documents in order. But in actuality, estate planning is a dynamic process that must undergo periodic reviews and modifications to keep up with one's changing lifestyle.

Such is the case for couples contemplating divorce. It's important to update estate plan documents even prior to the filing your divorce petition.

Texas Child Support in Purgatory

Tonya Brian had been waiting on at least $3,000 of child support to be distributed to her since January of this year. The Texas Attorney General's Office had her money, but would not give her a reason why they still hadn't written her a check. This problem has become too common in Texas, with over $55 million that was not give to families in the third quarter of this year. 

Safe Exchange Zone Established in Virginia

Chesterfield County, Virginia has established a "safe exchange zone" in a courthouse complex parking lot. Among other reasons, the idea was formed in order to create a space where families could safely meet during child custody exchanges. The Chesterfield Sheriff's Office explains that the cameras surrounding the area will increase security and be handy in the event of illegal activity.

HOW CAN I AVOID PROBATE?

Following the death of a loved one, the last thing a grieving family should have to deal with is the courts when it comes to the deceased's estate. Unfortunately, families throughout the United States, including many from Katy, Texas and the greater Houston area, often have to deal with such issues if the person's estate planning was not properly addressed before their death.

Getting divorced? Custody is not the only consideration with kids

This certainly wasn't what you anticipated when you walked down the aisle. You genuinely thought you and your spouse would end up sitting on a porch, drinking lemonade and watching your grandkids play.

But things went a different direction and even though it isn't what you anticipated, you are settling into your new normal and looking forward to a happy, healthy future.

Working with your spouse to ensure a healthy relationship


It should go without saying that the relationship between a divorced couple will never be the same as when the couple was married. In a vast majority of cases, if the ex-couple were able to work out their differences, they would not be divorced. For marriages without children, it is far easier, once a divorce is official, for both sides to move on with their lives. But if children are involved from the marriage, a relationship must still exist.

Keeping this relationship amicable is important in protecting the health and well-being of the child or children from the marriage. As we have stressed before, the courts primary objective is to make certain that the best interests of the children are always met when it comes to divorce decisions, including child custody.

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