October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on Oct 13, 2017 in Divorce, Domestic Partnerships

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of observing domestic violence awareness month in October.  At Fait & DiLima, we are committed to bringing attention to the issue of domestic violence. What is Domestic Violence The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has created a guide designed to explain what domestic violence is.  Sometimes referred to as intimate partner violence, and formerly referred to as wife beating, domestic violence is a national problem, all too often not discussed in public.  NCADV defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.”  Frequency and severity can vary, however, the effort to maintain power and control by one party...

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Second Marriage? Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

on Oct 10, 2017 in Divorce

People entering a second marriage likely have experienced a divorce.  Statistics show that second or third marriages are even more likely to end in divorce than first marriages.  You have already likely experienced the pain, stress and expense of divorce.  Hopefully, by the time you are entering a second marriage, you are wiser than you were at the time of your first marriage.  This wisdom should include consideration of entering a prenuptial agreement with your soon to be new spouse. A prenuptial agreement details the expectations of the parties for finances during the marriage as well as if the marriage ends in divorce.  Sitting down ahead of time and discussing financial issues as well as negotiating a prenuptial agreement...

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11 Situations Where a Family Law Attorney Can Help

on Oct 8, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

There are many reasons someone might need a family law attorney.  Family law attorneys work to both establish rights, where appropriate, and protect the interests of families.  Below are some of the most common reasons people need family law attorneys. 1.    Adopting a Step Child Not every blended family adopts.  However, there are some times when adoption makes sense.  This includes situations where a biological parent has died, is incarcerated for an extended period, or is otherwise unavailable or uninvolved in a child’s life.  In those circumstances, adoption may be the right answer for a particular family.  Of course, courts have certain requirements before an adoption occurs.  Family law attorneys assist in making certain all of the necessary requirements...

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How Does Daylight Saving Time Impact Children?

on Oct 5, 2017 in Child Custody, Divorce

As the saying goes, regarding daylight saving time, spring forward and fall back.  In 2017, daylight saving time began March 12 and it will end on November 5.  Seventy other countries also practice daylight saving time, although the start and end dates vary. People offer many reasons to justify daylight saving time.  Daylight savings time gives farmers more time to work in the fields.  It helps conserve energy by cutting back on electricity usage.  It benefits the economy by encouraging people to shop after work.  Daylight saving time gives children a chance to be outside and active longer in the evening during the summer months. Of course, the accuracy of these justifications is debated.  In fact, a 2014 study...

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Halloween Post-Divorce

on Oct 1, 2017 in Divorce

Fall has officially arrived!  That means it is not too early to start planning for the Halloween post-divorce holiday.  Halloween is a quintessential “kids holiday.”  Planning for the evening in advance keeps the focus on your children.   Consider whether you can embrace your life co-parenting your children.  Would it be better for one parent to be in charge of the evening?  Planning ahead makes for a great night.  Create wonderful memories with your children.  Here are some helpful tips to make it a spook-tacular night! Costume Selection One of the most important decisions for a child is what costume to wear.  Parents should check the school rules first.  Some costumes are not allowed because they are considered too...

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