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June 2016 Archives

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Can you get an interstate custody agreement?

Currently, 48 states and the District of Columbia have enacted a version of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Only Massachusetts and Vermont have refused to follow this trend. The UCCJEA harmonizes the child custody rules among the various states to facilitate relocation and moving between the states. Before the UCCJEA, a parent's actions might comply in one state, but violate the rules of the state he or she was moving into. It was a complicated, legal nightmare that was solved when the states decided to harmonize their laws. This post will go over the UCCJEA and how it may help you obtain a move away order.

The rise of cohabitation "divorces"

Couples are choosing to live together, without marriage, at increasing rates. Every year the number of unmarried cohabitating couples increases. If these couples break up, it can be messy and confusing. Unlike marriage, many cohabiting couples do not understand the legal rights and responsibilities of sharing property. This can lead to confusing break-ups and complex asset division issues.

Changing jobs and modifying child support orders

You may think that when you change jobs you are automatically entitled to modify your child support order. This isn't necessarily true. There are a handful of reasons that justify modifying a support order. A job change could be one of these reasons, but it isn't in and of itself a justification. This post will go over those changes and how they might affect you.

The divorce rate has declined over the past two decades

Anyone can rattle off the "50 percent of all marriages end in divorce" statistic. But this commonly cited "fact" ignores many of the intricacies captured within marriage and divorce. A study by the Pew Research Center has found that, while the overall divorce rate is significantly higher than a century ago, it has been on a steady decline over the past 20 years. Specifically, the researchers found that the current rate of divorce, as of 2010, is 3.5 divorces per 1,000 people. This is down from four divorces in 2000.

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