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When I found out my husband had been cheating on me, I felt like the ground had opened up beneath my feet. Suddenly it felt like anything I had believed in was unsure. After some reflection I realised that I had been blind about how badly our marriage had been going, and I can't live in that lie anymore. The only way through the darkness is to leave the lies and cheating behind and start over in my life, committed to honesty in all my relationships. This blog is all about my journey through separation and divorce into my new honest life.


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Understanding Family Law And Divorce

by Walter Porter

Divorce is a painful process that can be difficult for everyone involved. It not only affects the married couple but also their children and extended family. There are a lot of emotional and financial complexities involved in this process, which is why it's essential to have a basic understanding of family law and divorce. 

What is family law?

Family law is a legal area that deals with family relationships, including marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody and child support. These laws differ from state to state, but the main objective of these laws is to protect the rights of all parties involved, especially children. Family lawyers specialise in this area of law and provide legal counsel to their clients.

What is divorce?

Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is a legal process that dissolves the marital relationship between spouses. This process is emotionally challenging and can be financially draining. The process involves dividing assets and debts, determining child custody and support and resolving issues related to alimony. The legal proceedings of divorce are different in every state, so it's crucial to understand the laws of your state and seek legal advice from an experienced family lawyer.

What are the grounds for divorce?

The grounds for divorce are the reasons why a marriage is ending. The most common grounds for divorce include infidelity, cruel treatment, abandonment and irreconcilable differences. Every state has different divorce laws, and some states require the reason for the divorce to be stated in the divorce petition. In some places, no-fault divorce is allowed, which means that neither party needs to prove that the other is at fault for the divorce.

What are child custody and child support?

Child custody determines who has the legal authority to make decisions about the child's life, including education, healthcare and religion. Child support refers to the monetary payments made by the non-custodial parent to assist the custodial parent in financially supporting their child. Child support laws vary by state, and the amount of support is typically based on the income of both parents and the needs of the child.

Why is having a family lawyer important?

Having a family lawyer is crucial during a divorce or any family law issue because they provide legal advice, negotiate agreements and represent their clients in court. They are knowledgeable about family law and can help their clients understand the legal process and their rights. Family lawyers can also help in resolving family disputes and reaching agreements outside of court.

Contact a family lawyer to learn more.