How is Child Custody Adjudicated in Family Court?

One of the most contentious issues that can come up in any family court case is that of child custody. Obviously, most parents want to be involved in their child’s upbringing, but when the issue of child custody is being adjudicated, there are no guarantees. Moreover, anyone who isn’t familiar with family law may be confused about how a court comes to a determination about custody in the first place.

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How the Court Divides Property During a Divorce

Going through a divorce or legal separation can be an emotionally taxing process, requiring the assistance of attorneys, mediators, and the state court system. Couples looking to divorce or separate must consider custody and visitation as well as how to divide the property they obtained together throughout the marriage.

Another important consideration while going through a divorce is the payment of taxes. As part of a divorce action, both parties are entitled to full financial disclosure. This means that each party must disclose all assets he or she has an interest in (including businesses) and debts. Often the financial documents for the business are combed through during the course of a divorce. Bearing in mind, a judge and your spouse can report any failure to report income or properly pay taxes, it is important to consult with your accountant in order to ensure you and your business are not at risk of exposure during the divorce process.
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What to do with a Household in a Divorce

One of the most important assets—and the one most likely to directly affect your life—is the marital home or mortgage. This is typically what the couple invested the most amount of money in and has become a home to each person and children they may share. When going through a divorce, it can be difficult to work out what to do with the property, especially if one or both spouses are adamant about remaining in the home.
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