The Lewis Leeper Blog

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    The importance of a lawyer’s experience

    The subjects and issues which the client cannot foresee can be anticipated by the experienced lawyers. As they have this knack, they can shed more light on the condition of the client. Due to a wide experience, the lawyers can quickly predict whether a particular action by the judge is in or against the client’s favor. The top divorce lawyers will have thorough knowledge about important aspects of a divorce case. They are proficient in providing resolution to the problems faced by their clients. To find the best attorney to represent oneself during any divorce proceeding, one needs to take […]

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    Importance of hiring a good lawyer

    The decision to end a marriage is a vital decision that one needs to take after thinking a lot over it. This decision would affect the life of the divorcing couple, their children, and family members. A person may have severe emotional setback one they or their spouse decides to end their marriage. The process of divorce include several legal steps that one needs to correctly follow. There are several complicated process that are difficult for a layman to understand. Hence, there is the need of a knowledgeable divorce lawyer. Any divorcing individual would like hire any of the top […]

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    Parenting Plan: The Schedule Is The Single Most Important Issue

    Visitation (parenting time) is almost always the single most contested issue for both parents. More parents return to court for visitation-related matters than anything else, which is why it’s critical to have the parenting schedule spelled out clearly and in detail. By having a clear, unambiguous schedule to refer to parents can avoid wasting large amounts of both time and money in the future. Having a well-defined parenting schedule also provides the children with the stability of a consistent routine (this is especially important for infants, toddlers, and younger children). Older children can cope with schedule changes more easily (and […]

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    Changing your Parenting Plan

    If the parenting plan is found to be truly unworkable, we recommend that the parents try to draft a new plan together that resolves the issues they disagree over. Obviously this isn’t always possible- if the parents could collaborate this closely to begin with, the divorce might not have occurred in the first place. But, it’s always worth a try. If the other parent is simply not willing to collaborate on a new parenting plan, consider obtaining a well-drafted parenting plan, modify it to fit your circumstances, and go from there. (We recommend the parenting plans from parentingplan.net. The feedback […]

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    Alimony, Child Support, and Tax Filing

    One thing you may need to keep in mind regarding your tax filing is the distinction between alimony and child support payments – and there is a difference.  Child support is NOT – under the current tax laws – considered a tax-deductible expense or taxable income. Alimony, however, is considered deductible. In some cases, divorcing spouses may try to declare a property settlement or child support as alimony payments. The IRS regulates this strictly, and has several rules regarding what is considered alimony.

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    Right of First Refusal

    The “Right Of First Refusal” is a provision frequently written into custody orders and parenting plans. The intent of a Right Of First Refusal provision is to maximize the time child spends with both parents (especially the non-custodial parent, whose time is normally limited to begin with). In its most basic form, Right Of First Refusal means that before either parent can use the services of a baby-sitter or other third-party caregiver, the other parent must be given the opportunity to care for the child during that time. The kind of situations where Right Of First Refusal typically apply are […]

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    Things to Avoid When Selecting a Divorce Attorney

    If you want cost-effective representation during a divorce, there are certain attorneys and certain practices you want to avoid. Divorce Mills. No matter how competent the representation may be, avoid the “divorce mill”: an attorney or group of attorneys who rely on numerous paralegals or other attorneys to prepare a case for hearings or trial. Excessive Nonrefundable Fees. Attorneys who appear to overreach on their fee arrangements should also be avoided. Today family lawyers who care about their client’s well-being do not charge large, nonrefundable fees. They charge a retainer fee, paid at the outset and credited against charges for […]

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    Dividing Marital Debts in a MA Divorce

    Massachusetts divorce laws give the courts the right to divide joint debts between the couple, regardless of whose name is on the debts and who is at fault in the divorce. The couple may be able enter into an agreement to name who should be responsible for each debt, but if the couple can’t agree, the divorce court will decide how to divide the debts, much like property distribution. In most states, the divorce courts will divide marital debt equitably, which doesn’t necessarily mean equally. The divorce court will typically divide assets and debts by considering factors, such as the […]

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    Telephone Access: How Much Time, And How Often?

    Obviously, what’s “reasonable” for one situation may not be reasonable for someone else’s situation. Both parents should work to be flexible and accommodating regarding telephone contact. Two to four times a week for 15 to 30 minutes at a time is pretty typical, although you need to take into account the child’s age- younger children often lose interest quickly and may not want to talk on the phone as long as older children do (again, this varies widely with the child). Work with your ex to establish agreed-upon times that you or they can call the children. A balance must […]

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    Ensuring Telephone Contact

    If the other parent is denying you telephone contact with your children, there are some things you can do to facilitate contact with your children. Consider getting an 800-number for your children to call you on. An 800-number is not very expensive to have installed, and it allows your children to call you from any phone at any time, night or day. 800-numbers almost always provide detailed billing records of the call history, which may prove valuable later in court. If your ex claims (for example) that you “never speak with the children”, you can use the billing records to […]

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