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Parenting

How does custody get decided as between a parent and a third party?

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How does custody get decided as between parents?

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What’s the terminology for custody?

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Is there a presumption in favor of not changing custody arrangements?

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What effect does the misconduct of one of the parents have on custody?

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What effect does the mental health of one of the parents have on custody?

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What effect does the preference of the child have on custody?

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How does visitation get set?

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Is there such a thing as “standard visitation”? If so, what is it?

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Is there a standard visitation pattern when the non-custodial parent is in a different state from the child? If so, what is it?

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What rules govern cases where the custodial parent wants to move away with the children?

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What visitation rights do grandparents have, if any?

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Division of Property and Debts

What’s the general rule of property division (equitable distribution, community property, or legal title)?

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What effect does the conduct of the parties have on property division?

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What effect does the length of the marriage have on property division?

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Is there such a thing as separate property? What does it take?

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Any special rules for the marital home?

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How do retirement plans get divided?

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Child Support

How does child support get figured?

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How do you change child support?

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Does child support get deducted from the payor’s paycheck? How?

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When will the court allow a deviation from the guidelines?

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Alimony or Spousal Support

When does alimony get paid?

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How does the court decide how much?

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What does it take to change alimony?

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When does alimony stop?

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Mediation

Is mediation mandatory? When?

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Who pays for mediation?

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What are the requirements for who can act as mediator?

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Pro Se Divorce

How hard is it to file my own divorce?

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What are the papers that need to be filed?

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=What’s the filing fee for a divorce?

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Miscellaneous

What are the requirements for residence?

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What are the grounds for divorce?

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Does the state recognize common law marriage? If so, what does it take to be married at common law?

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How does annulment work?

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Is there such a thing as legal separation? If so, how does it work?

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Do parents of minor children have to go through parent training? If so, how much does it cost, and how long does it take?

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