Archive, July 2015.

The idea of one spouse paying the other spouse child support and/or maintenance upon divorce is a familiar topic for most people. These payments provide needed income for the spouse with a lower income, as well as the spouse who has custody of the children. However, under an alternate form of payment—unallocated support—both the paying spouse and receiving spouse can benefit.

For some couples, the decision to divorce is a mutual agreement. When both parties are willing and able to cooperate, the use of mediation may be appropriate. Moreover, mediation can help divorcing couples understand the laws governing divorce and ensure that all issues are addressed.

In divorce cases in which children are involved, one aspect that is sometimes disregarded is the impact on grandparents and their ability to see their grandchildren. This can often be very frustrating for grandparents and confusing for minor children. However, it is possible for grandparents and great-grandparents (as well as siblings) to request the court to grant them visitation rights.

When a child is involved in a divorce, an important issue to be resolved is determining how the child will be raised. One aspect of this issue is the religion under which the child will be raised. For some divorcing parents, religion is not an issue, because the parents either have similar religious views or one or both do not have a serious preference. However, for others, the issue of religion is a critical part of the post-divorce relationship.

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