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Category Archives: Family Law

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The Benefits of Collaborative Divorces

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

When people think of a divorce they often think that it can be either uncontested, where the parties generally agree on everything, or contested. Many people are not aware that there is a third category, called a collaborative divorce, which allows the parties to resolve even disputed issues, with lessened time, expense, and heartache… Read More »

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What Can You Expect in Your Family Law Deposition?

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

In any kind of case, the thought of having to give a deposition makes people’s skin crawl. It is seen as a process that’s highly combative and highly invasive. Often, just the threat of doing them is enough to convince reasonable people to try to settle cases early. It can make things easier if… Read More »

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California Enacts Law Allowing Judges to Make Pet Custody Findings

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

For many people, pets are family. Spouses may have selected a pet from infancy and raised the animal as if it were a human child, with all the love care and affection that goes into raising a child. When spouses divorce, there may be talk about who gets “custody” of the family dog or… Read More »

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How to Handle an Inability to Pay Alimony or Child Support

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

As this post is being written, the federal government is shut down for business. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are working without pay, at least temporarily. That not only affects those workers, but also those who depend on their income for support—including any ex- spouses who receive alimony or children who receive child… Read More »

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Make Sure Your Prenuptial Agreement Isn’t Ambiguous

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

Premarital or prenuptial agreements (“prenups”) are, at their core, contracts, and are read as such. That means that where courts can apply common sense, or the obvious meaning of language can be used, that’s how courts will interpret the agreements. But when there is ambiguity in the language used, courts will have to turn… Read More »

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There are Stringent Requirements to Modifying Parenting Plans

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

When you are getting divorced, you may settle the matters in your case through agreement. This is favored—by doing so, you get to negotiate what will happen to your property and your children without leaving it in the hands of a judge. Agreeing to Time Sharing of Children When you originally negotiate an agreement,… Read More »

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Can You Get a Garnishment if an Ex Stops Paying Support?

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

When we think of judgments that are obtained by creditors, such as credit card companies or medical providers, we generally understand that if they obtain a judgment, they have a number of remedies. One of those remedies is garnishment of wages. What many people don’t realize is that a judgment in a family law… Read More »

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Planning Tips If You Are Thinking About Divorce

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

One of the biggest questions people have who are preparing themselves for a divorce or who see one coming on the horizon is what should they do or not do to plan in advance. The answer obviously depends on your personal situation, but there are some guidelines everyone should follow to help them prepare…. Read More »

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Should You Ask for a Guardian Ad Litem in a Custody Case?

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

If you’re involved in a contested divorce case involving custody of kids, you may not have given much thought about having a guardian ad litem (GAL) appointed. A GAL can be a valuable asset when mom and dad have conflicting stories about who is most qualified to live with the children, or contested versions… Read More »

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You Can’t Underemploy Yourself to Avoid Payments in a Divorce

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

One of the biggest issues we hear in a family law case is that an ex (or soon-to-be ex) is purposely not earning enough money to seem like they make less money in hopes of avoiding paying alimony or child support. One spouse may feel that the other is running a business into the… Read More »

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