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There are myriad concerns with getting divorced: child custody and support issues, marital property divisions, and spousal support decisions. One of the last you might think about is your credit rating. And that's OK! In the grand scheme of things, there are bigger things you should be worried about right now.

But when it comes to getting your life back in order (buying new furniture, a car, or even a house), your credit will be important. So it will also be important to know if, and how, a divorce will affect your credit score.

When courts make child custody decisions, they are doing their best to act in the child's best interests. Unfortunately, that doesn't always coincide perfectly with every parent's interest in seeing their child. Maybe you think your ex or someone in their life is a bad influence; maybe it feels like your ex moved too far away; or maybe you simply want more time with your child.

In any case, violating a custody order by taking your child without court permission is a serious legal offense, for which you can spend time in jail and have your visitation and custody rights further curtailed.

When a child turns 18, a parent's legal obligation to financially support their child ends. While a parent's love may be unconditional, parents of minor children are obligated to house, feed, and pay for their children's needs. But when a child turns 18, parents can, in fact, legally evict their child. However, for parents who plan on evicting their adult child, there are some legal pitfalls to be aware of. Evictions are tricky, so it is highly recommended you seek out help from an experienced landlord-tenant attorney.

First off, whether your adult child is considered a tenant, lodger, guest, trespasser, or squatter will depend on your state law, as each state has different rules regarding the landlord-tenant relationship. Their status will determine what your legal rights are when it comes to eviction. Also, kicking your adult child out without warning may open you up to legal liability.

Whether you fell in love at first sight or had a long, drawn out romance, when you're ready for a relationship to be over you normally don't want to have to wait around to make it happen. Unfortunately, when it comes to ending a marriage, a divorce can't exactly happen overnight.

That said, there are some ways you can make sure the legal process doesn't take longer than absolutely necessary. Here are some ways you could speed up your divorce.

Even if you're sure you want a divorce, you may be putting it off because you're worried about the cost of hiring a divorce lawyer. Or, you may try navigating the legal problems yourself because you think an attorney will be too expensive. But trying to save money by not hiring a divorce lawyer could end up costing you in the long run.

If you're considering a divorce, or considering representing yourself, here are a few of the most common questions about attorney fee arrangements, and how much it might cost to hire a divorce lawyer.

Losing custody of a child is not something any parent wants to experience. Courts want to do what is best for the children, and, unfortunately, sometimes that means removing a child from a parent’s care. Losing custody can be temporary or permanent depending on the reason. For parents going through a divorce, determining child custody is frequently the most important and contested part of their case.

However, for a court to decide that a child should be removed from a parent’s custody, there must be a very compelling reason. The most common reasons parents lose custody includes abuse, neglect, domestic violence, drugs, and violating court orders.

Making the decision to adopt a child is usually filled with positive emotions for most couples. That is, until they start looking into the process and get bogged down by the complexity.

Adoptions are not simple. There is a lot of very important legal paperwork that needs to get done and done right. Since adoption laws vary from state to state, it is advisable to seek the help of an adoption attorney at the outset and at various times throughout the process.

While hiring an adoption lawyer to handle the entire process can frequently set soon-to-be parents at ease, full service is not necessary. Adoption lawyers, like any other lawyer, may be rather costly. To control costs, you may wish to only have an attorney handle certain tasks. At a minimum, adopting parents should have an attorney review all agreements they sign. Also, an attorney can help educate prospective parents on the various types of adoption, such as international adoption, and their risks and benefits.

For the average couple going through a divorce, the notion of maintaining the same standard of living post divorce is nothing more than wishful thinking. Courts have long since recognized that a married couple enjoys certain financial advantages when cohabitating that vanish after a divorce, particularly that the couple only has to manage one household’s expenses.

When a couple divorces, spouses usually stop cohabitating, which means each spouse must now pay rent or make a house payment. The cost-savings of shared expenses vanish, which almost certainly will cause both former spouses to live below their prior standard of living. However, there are situations where a couple’s marital standard of living will have an impact on an award of alimony or spousal support.

Although fictional stepparents have made the lives of stepchildren awful in fairy tales and movies, many people are surprised to learn that real life stepparents routinely don’t have any actual legal authority over their stepchildren. Without the consent of the legally recognized parents, a stepparent cannot send a stepchild to military/boarding school, make medical decisions, or make other decisions that parents routinely make.

Fortunately, there are options for stepparents that want to be more involved in their stepchild’s lives. Apart from discussing a stepparent’s role to informally set what decisions they may make, there are are formal, legal ways for a stepparent to become the legal parent of a stepchild. The two most frequently utilized options are adoption and parenting agreements.

The holiday season can be the happiest time of the year for many families. But if you’re facing some trouble in paradise, the holiday season is likely to raise tensions and make this time of year anything but happy.

If you’re considering making a change to your familial status over the holidays, here are the top 5 family law issues related to the holidays.