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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)…

It is common for a divorcing parent to worry about losing his or her child in a divorce — or that a divorce means he or she won’t be as important in his or her child’s life as before. Kansas courts generally believe that a child has a right to have access to both parents….

When Julia Craft became a partner in what used to be Joseph & Hollander LLC, she essentially changed jobs without going anywhere. That’s because Craft had been leasing space since 2004 in Joseph & Hollander’s building at 500 N. Market. So when she decided to blend her independent practice with the firm and become its…

About eight years ago, Julia Craft moved into the law offices of Joseph & Hollander as a tenant. This week, the former prosecutor and family law attorney is becoming a named partner of the firm. The 11-year-old firm, which has its main office at 500 N. Market, is changing its name to Joseph, Hollander &…

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