Which Parent Claims Their Child As An Exemption On Federal Tax Returns?

When parents divorce or were never married, the general rule is that the custodial parent (whichever parent has more overnights during a calendar year) claims the child as an exemption on his/her tax return.  The other parent is the noncustodial parent.  If the child was with each parent for an equal number of nights, the custodial parent […]

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The Mediation Process

Any time that a Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity matter is filed with the Court and there are pending child custody and/or child visitation orders, a Family Court Services Mediation appointment is mandatory.  A mediation appointment is an appointment between both parents together and a Family Court Services Mediator only.  Attorneys for either party, or any other […]

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Dividing Support Order Divorce

Dividing a Support Order in Divorce

Filing a Paternity matter serves the best interests of both parents and the minor child(ren). Court-ordered child custody and visitation orders can be entered, as well as child support orders. Without formal custody, visitation and support orders entered through the court, each parent has the absolute right to insist that the minor child(ren) remain in […]

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Child Support While Parents Live Together

A paternity judgment required the father to pay child support. After the Judgment occurred, the father moved in with the mother and children in an attempt to reconcile. During the attempted reconciliation, the father did not pay child support to the mother. The reconciliation failed and the parties disputed the father’s child support arrears(back support). […]

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Why do you need a Certified Family Law Specialist?

When someone calls our office for a possible appointment, I always inform them that Attorney  Bawden is a Certified Family Law Specialist.  An attorney who does not specialize in a certain area of law may not be best suited for family law issues.  Family law issues are complex and they change. In order to keep […]

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