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You have probably considered that hiring an attorney to handle your divorce reduces the stress and aggravation of trying to handle it yourself. But did you know it could also save you money? Here are some ways that hiring an attorney may cost you less money in the long run: 1. Mistakes in calculations of…

Are you a parent going through a divorce? The family law attorneys at Joseph, Hollander & Craft with locations in Wichita, Kansas City, Lawrence & Topeka Kansas recommend these books to help through your difficult time: If you need legal assistance, Joseph, Hollander, & Craft has a very skilled team of family law attorneys ready…

1. Knowledge of the Law and Local Rules: Two attorneys can arrive at two very different child support calculations. If you have an attorney who does not know the intricacies of the child support guidelines, you could end up paying more than you should or end up receiving less than you should. Knowing the local…

Anything you post, tweet, like, or share on social media may be admissible in court. Even with your Facebook settings set to private, the opposing party could still get your social media activity through the civil discovery process. Social media evidence is being used in family law courts more and more across Kansas. Here are…

Divorce is hard on children, but you can make it easier on them by following these rules: 1. DON’T put your children in the middle by using them as messengers between you and your spouse. 2. DON’T criticize or place blame on your former spouse in front of your children. 3. DON’T let your children…

In Kansas, there are three types of adoption:  1) agency adoption, 2) private adoption, and 3) step-parent adoption. With the family dynamic constantly evolving, it is becoming more common for courts to hear cases regarding step-parent adoptions. The question my clients most often ask about step-parent adoption is: How much say do the biological parents…

Generally, the term “battering” is used to describe the type of behavior used to gain dominance, power, and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence victims often feel threatened physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, sexually, and financially. Historically, domestic violence has been inextricably related to family law. As a family law attorney, many of my clients…

A premarital agreement, or “pre-nup,” is an agreement made before marriage between two soon-to-be spouses. Two differences between premarital agreements and other contracts are: (1) premarital agreements cannot become effective until the parties have actually married; and (2) typical consideration is not required to make the contract effective. Consideration—a basic requirement for making a valid…

Whether you have a paternity case or a divorce case, it is important to understand the difference between legal custody and residency in any domestic matter. In Kansas, legal custody refers to the designation of parental responsibilities for a child. Parental responsibilities include decision making involving health, education, religious training, and general welfare of the…

Common law marriage is one of those legal topics that is often discussed but seldom understood. In 2013, Kansas is one of very few states that still recognizes common law marriage. In Kansas, a couple is considered to have a common law marriage if: 1) The parties are over the age of 18 years; 2)…

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