According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, Nick Olivas, a 24-year-old Arizona citizen, is being billed for over $15,000 in child support. That sum is connected to a child he fathered a decade ago— at age 14 — during the course of a period in which he was the victim of what amounts to statutory rape. Olivas is prepared to help his daughter financially going forward, be feels that requests to pay past sums are unfair.  The newspaper article’s author, EJ Montini agreed, saying, “The law is complicated, not always fair and not easily fixable — except this time. A statutory rape victim should not be made to pay child support.”

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The Worst U.S. States for Divorce

by News on September 1, 2014

If you want a timely and frugal divorce, your location may indicate whether that’s a real possibility, or whether you need to steel yourself for a long, expensive process. Getting a divorce in some parts of the U.S. means hefty filing fees. New York requires $365.00 just to file. Processing times vary as well. Some states, like Rhode Island, can take more than 500 days to process your divorce. You may also be required to wait through a lengthy “cooling off” period, before proceeding with the divorce. California mandates a 6-month wait, South Carolina a year, and Arkansas demands 18 months!

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Separated or Newly Divorced Parents Get Back-to-School Differently

August 29, 2014

Families managing a recent separation, and shift in living arrangements, have to manage the back-to-school routine with a plan in place. Try these helpful tips: ·      Stick to a schedule. Outline the details, and put it in your child’s school binder. Make a copy for your teacher’s file. ·      Create a communication system. A workable […]

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4 Beliefs that Can Turn Divorce into a Nightmare

August 25, 2014

Divorce is pretty common, and so are misconceptions about the process. Rid yourself of theses old beliefs to prevent your divorce from becoming an emotional, financial, and relational mess: 1.     1.  “Moms come first.” Don’t simply surrender joint custody; kids need both parents. 2.     2.  “Dads move out.” This can be perceived as abandonment. Seek […]

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This Is How Much It Costs To Raise A Child In The U.S

August 22, 2014

How much does it cost to raise your precious little ones? Prepare yourself. Your child-rearing years will cost you approximately $245,340 (or $304,480, adjusted for inflation). Adjust your budget accordingly, if you can. According to the latest annual “Cost of Raising A Child” report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that estimate is up 1.8 […]

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5 Hobbies to Try After a Divorce

August 18, 2014

Grieving and healing are part of divorce. When that period of recovery comes to a close, you may have some free time on your hands. suggests spending it in a few of the following ways: 1.     Meditate. Reduce distractions and increase your peace. 2.     Boating. Enjoy the open water for a cleansing escape and […]

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Income Can be Imputed for Support

August 15, 2014

Can your ex-spouse or partner really quit their employment to avoid paying spousal or child support? Courts know this game. Using Florida courts as an example, voluntary unemployment or underemployment of a spouse or parent is rarely missed, and is considered by courts deciding to impute income child support, spousal support, or even attorney’s fees. […]

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Alimony Deduction Requires Good Substantiation

August 11, 2014

When it comes to matching alimony deductions and corresponding income reports, too many just do not agree. In 2010 alone, while 567,887 returns deducted $10 billion in alimony, almost half of the matching recipients did not match; $2.3 billion dollars’ worth simply didn’t add up. The IRS took a closer look at 10,870 of the 266,190 […]

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More Dads Want Paternity Leave; Getting it’s a Different Matter

August 8, 2014

Time to bond with your newborn is not guaranteed in the United States. Most men cannot afford to lose the wages staying home would require. Sam Coltrane, interim president of the University of Oregon, notes that fathers who bond early remain engaged with their children later in life. Generation Y men are bucking the stigma […]

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Do Dads Have the Same Rights as Moms Before the Divorce is Final?

August 4, 2014

A concerned father asks whether fathers have the same rights as mothers, prior to the final resolution of the marriage. He wants to know, for example, if he may collect his children at his soon-to be ex’s home, or that of her family, without issue. informs him that most states uphold joint and […]

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