Crafting a Creative Pet Parenting Plan

by News on December 12, 2014

No matter how much you love them, pets are not given the same consideration under the law. So when a divorce or separation occurs, a pet-parenting plan may be in order. Just be sure to include the following:

·      A visitation schedule. Consider and outline how time will be divided, what happens in the event of a move, and how extracurricular pet activities will be handled.

·      Shared costs. Vet bills, food, maintenance and grooming must be factored in.

·      Decision-making. Determine who will make the ultimate decisions as it pertains to your pet’s health, and final arrangements.

·      Pre/post nuptial inclusion. Keep your pet arrangement and needs in mind when entering into your new marriage.

Read the full article here: Divorce Confidential: Crafting a Creative Pet Parenting Plan | Caroline Choi

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New Yorker Dr. David Hunsinger thought it perfectly logical that he be granted a release from alimony payments now that his former wife of 19 years, Professor Patricia Hunsinger, had remarried. Except that an upstate judge disagreed. Ms. Hunsinger is actually not married said the judge. Her polyamorous relationship with former friends of the couple does not qualify as “marriage,” despite the fact that on several occasions she calls it so and wears a ring. Polygamy is illegal in New York. But this too, makes the judge’s ruling strange. The decision “allows [Patricia] to say that her illegal conduct is a defense to the case. I don’t understand the logic,” noted Dr. Hunsinger’s lawyer.

Read the full article here: Man tries to stop paying alimony over ex-wife’s polygamy | New York Post

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Why Do So Few Men Get Alimony?

December 5, 2014

Why do men turn down alimony? Even when their situation, as a stay-at-home dad or non-breadwinning spouse, allows it? Because of machismo, because he won’t “beg” for money, because he just wants to be done and move on. Many men simply feel alimony is just emasculating and many judges are just sexist. So men don’t […]

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Report: Childcare Costs Continue to Rise

December 1, 2014

The cost of childcare is astronomical in the United States. According to Child Care Aware, a group that provides resources to parents and caregivers, childcare absorbs one fourth of an average family’s income. Childcare exceeds housing costs in 23 states. Childcare costs more than in-state college tuition and fees in 30 others. Center-based care is […]

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Parenting Time on Snow Days

November 28, 2014

Most divorcing parents don’t think to write in school cancellations on their parenting plans. Whose job is it to take the kids on snow days? Does your custody arrangement change? Should it? How do you determine what’s fair? Generally, child exchanges are not switched to holiday or special schedules. Snow days are really regular school […]

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How Long Will I Have to Pay for the Marital Residence?

November 24, 2014

Do you know how long you will be expected to pay for the marital residence where your ex resides after your divorce? One year? Five years? It all depends, says a lawyer for It is important to determine whether you are paying for the home in lieu of alimony, in which case, the payments […]

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Child-support Agency Tries “Softer” Approach

November 21, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to tell a “deadbeat” from a down-and-out parent. How can a child-support agency tell the difference, and does it help anyone to use public shaming or incarceration to handle the problem? The truth is a child-support agency may need to use a “softer approach.”  Parents in North Carolina are now being siphoned […]

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Man Freed after 6 Months in Jail for Failing to Pay Child Support

November 17, 2014

A Cook County judge in Chicago sentenced an Indian immigrant, Rohit Bhansali, to jail time for failing to pay $1,000.00 per month in child support. He was told he would stay in jail until he came up with the $8,000.00 he already owed. As it turned out, Judge Mathein, the same judge who sentenced him, […]

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Stay-at-Home Mom Facing Divorce? Don’t Expect Alimony

November 14, 2014

Are you a stay-at-home mom with a failing marriage, contemplating your financial future? Like it or not, you need a job. Gone are the days of automatic alimony. The courts have embraced gender equality and are refusing payouts on the premise that women can earn income just like men. While women who have cared for […]

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Paternity Fraud: The Legalities

November 10, 2014

Soap operas, talk shows and reality TV all play with the idea of paternity confusion. So much so, that a woman unsure of her child’s parentage might nto realize the significant legal ramifications for giving into the temptation to lie. Paternity fraud puts women in jeopardy of legal claims against her by the “false father”, […]

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