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How to File a Restraining Order in New Hampshire

Restraining orders, or protective orders, are ordered by courts upon the request of a person who feels legitimately threatened by the actions of another person. Orders of protection are typically used to protect the victims of domestic violence or stalking, requiring the person named in the order to avoid contact and remain a specific distance away from the individual seeking the order.

How to Protect Your Personal Property in Divorce

Ending a marriage is an emotional experience for parties to endure, no matter how necessary it is, especially if it lasted for a particularly long time. However, it can also exact some damage to your finances, both in the present time and in the future, if you do not take the proper measures to protect yourself. For some, this might be a first-time experience and you might not know exactly what steps you should take to safeguard your personal property and assets.

How to Behave in Family Court

When making a good first impression, etiquette is essential. This is especially true in the courtroom, where there are many state, and unwritten, rules of conduct for litigants, lawyers, jurors, other courtroom personnel, and attendees.

The Risks of Online Divorce Services

There is no denying that, in some circumstances, divorce might be an expensive proposition. This can sometimes be true for cases that end up going through litigation, which can take time and require more resources than other methods, such as mediation, which is generally faster and cheaper. In an effort to keep costs down, some might feel compelled to turn the internet for a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to end their marriage. After all, we already use the internet to address many of important needs and responsibilities. Unfortunately, going down this path when it comes to your divorce is risky and will likely result in greater expenses that might be necessary to correct the mistakes of this hasty, cookie-cutter approach.

Why Unwed Parents Must Establish Paternity

Many people only view paternity tests as necessary when seeking to prove that an intimate partner is not your child's biological parent. Paternity testing carries a connotation of infidelity, which is perhaps why many unmarried, cohabitating parents do not feel compelled to legally establish paternity (or bring it up with their partner). However, while neither partner may have doubts as to their child's biological parentage, the law does not provide any assumption of paternity for unwed fathers.

The Role of an Attorney in Mediation

Divorce is often a difficult time for parties to endure, regardless of how mutual or amicable in the decision to divorce. Luckily, many are able to reach a resolution regarding certain key elements, such as property division and child custody, through far less contentious and inherently adversarial methods than litigation. The mediation process allows spouses to dissolve their marriage in a much more cost-effective manner that takes less time and generally provides more favorable terms for both parties. Additionally, if children are involved, this approach also allows parties the opportunity to effectively co-parent their children as they move forward.

How to Modify a Family Court Order

When it comes to family court orders, nothing is ever set in stone, though a modification will require effort and some valid reasons before a court decides to grant such a request. That said, life is not static and there are many reasons why a parent would want to have a family court order modified. If the other parent is in agreement with the request, this will be easier to achieve, but if you and your ex are not on the same page, you will have to file a court action, asking a judge to change the order.

Mediation and the Role of Your Attorney

If you and your spouse choose mediation as a means of dissolving your marriage, you might be wondering if you still need an attorney and what role he or she might play in the process. While you are not required to have an attorney present for your mediation sessions, it would be wise to have a legal advocate with you to ensure your rights are protected and, if there are any particularly complex issues involved in your situation, he or she can advise you on the consequences of any possible settlement terms. Remember, the mediator is a neutral third party who will not be advocating for you or your spouse's best interests. Instead, the mediator's role is to help divorcing couples work on cooperating and negotiating to achieve mutually agreeable resolution.

Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody

In cases where divorcing spouses share children, they will have to address the question of who receives custody. If you are unsure of the types of custody arrangements available to you, this can leave you feeling rather confused and uneasy as you enter these negotiations. Here is what you need to know about child custody to understand how it might affect you and your children as you move forward:

What Happens to Your Debts After a Divorce?

When spouses choose to divorce, one of their primary concerns is likely to be their assets, which will have to be divided. However, what many often forget to consider are their shared debts, such as home mortgages, loans for cars, and credit card debts. While these might not have seemed like a big deal to you as a married couple with two sources of income, it can become a real problem if you are the one left with a larger share of the bill.

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