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Category Archives: Family Law

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There Are No Gender Presumptions WIth Alimony or Child Support

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

It can be very difficult to get rid of gender stereotypes or common notions of traditional gender roles and responsibilities. One area where stereotyping still tends to be commonplace is when it comes to paying alimony and child support. Many people still think of these obligations as a man’s obligation to pay, and many… Read More »

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The Hague Convention Can Help Return a Child Illegally Taken Out of the Country

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

When a parent takes child out of state without the consent of the other party, or in violation of an existing court order or marital settlement agreement, it is always a concerning situation. Aside from being illegal, and demonstrating a lack of respect for the law or the agreement of the parties, the parent… Read More »

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What Happens When Children Don’t Want to Follow a Time-Sharing Agreement?

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

Children under the age of 18 are generally not considered legally competent to make their own decisions. Although we do take their interests into account when making custody and time sharing decisions, their wishes when it comes to these matters do not determine, by themselves, what is in their best interests. When a Child… Read More »

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The Benefit of Taking on Additional Marital Debt

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

When you are working out the areas of your divorce, one of the things you will have to decide on is who will be responsible for the marital debt. Both spouses may treat marital debt as a hot potato, trying to get rid of it by giving it to the other spouse as fast… Read More »

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Who Makes Medical Decisions for a Minor Child?

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

Your divorce case is over, whether by the hand of a judge making decisions for you, or by the consent of both parties, who have voluntarily and possibly amicably agreed to the terms of the divorce, including timesharing and parenting. The first time your child (or children) get sick post-divorce, you may be wondering… Read More »

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Pay Attention to Your Financial Affidavits

By Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group |

In almost every kind of family law case, parties are required to fill out and complete financial affidavits. These are detailed accountings of income of every source and property that you may own. Many people fill these forms out haphazardly, or don’t fill them out at all, either out of laziness, or in a… Read More »

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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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