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How to Fight a Child Services “Indicated” Report

How to Fight a Child Services “Indicated” Report

Your next steps to fighting an “Indicated” report from Child Protective Services are critical. Child protective services investigations are frightening and humiliating. It adds insult to injury when, after an investigation, you get a letter saying that the report was “indicated.” This means that child protective…

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Divorce Mediation – A Smart Plan

Divorce Mediation – A Smart Plan

Divorce Mediation allows separating and divorcing couples to meet in a less-stressful environment than a courtroom. A mediator is a trained and neutral party who will guide you and your soon-to-be ex through the process of reaching a fair agreement. Mediation is a smart plan…

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What you should do if a child caseworker knocks on your door

What you should do if a child caseworker knocks on your door

As a family law attorney, I represent people facing child protective services investigations, and often receive calls from people asking what they should do when a caseworker knocks on the door. Here are answers to the most 5 common questions about child protective services and…

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Child Support Basics for a Self-Employed Parent

Child Support Basics for a Self-Employed Parent

Many parents today are self employed. The child support payment process is governed by state law and the judge or support magistrate will decide how much the non-custodial parent has to pay in child support. “Child support is calculated on the parent’s adjusted gross income,” said Family Law Attorney…

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How To Save Money in Legal Fees During a Divorce or Family Law Case

How To Save Money in Legal Fees During a Divorce or Family Law Case

Here are 10 tips from a family law and divorce attorney on how to save money and reduce your legal fees during a divorce, child custody or alimony case.  Get Organized Preparation is key when trying to reduce legal fees. Organize your thoughts and documents…

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2 Steps for a Green Card

2 Steps for a Green Card

An immigration lawyer explains two important steps necessary for a U.S. permanent resident card. Learn about the required I-130 form, legal terms, fees and how long the process will take. Step 1: In order to obtain U.S. residency for you or a family member you…

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Family-Based Immigration & Nationality 2

Family-Based Immigration & Nationality 2

 

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Child Support Modification Guide

Child Support Modification Guide

After the court orders a specific child support amount, a parent can go back and ask for a temporary and/or final child support modification. Some of the reasons for seeking a modification include a change of income, a change in the child’s medical or educational…

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Legal Guardianship

Legal Guardianship

By Joseph H. Nivin Guardianship for an incapacitated adult allows the person caring for the adult to make all decisions including medical, living accommodations and financial responsibilities. A family law attorney can assist a Guardian or conservator who are both appointed by a judge. A…

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Parent Alienation Guide

Parent Alienation Guide

By Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. When people describe their experiences in Family Court and contested divorce cases, they often call it “being put through the ringer.” The process can feel like pure hell when your ex is alienating the children from you. I have had…

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