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Category Archives: Family Law

Father Arrested after Failure to Pay Support

By Michael Whitmarsh |

A father of three has found himself behind bars after refusing to pay nearly a quarter million dollars in back child support. 50-year-old Tony Haywood was married to his ex-wife, Renee Ainsworth, for 16 years. After divorcing in 2004, Haywood was instructed by a Georgia court to pay child support. Haywood did not pay… Read More »

Steps to Take When Paternity Test Denied

By Michael Whitmarsh |

When the status of the biological father of a child is questioned, the most reliable way to determine parentage is with a DNA paternity test. Establishing paternity allows a number of important legal privileges which support the well-being of a child, including the right to health and life insurance coverage from a parent, the… Read More »

Father Arrested after Removing Child From Mom’s Custody

By Michael Whitmarsh |

An “armed and dangerous” father has been arrested after kidnapping his 1-year-old daughter in Ranch Segura Cucamonga. An Amber Alert was issued on April 24, 2017 after the child had been forcefully taken from her mother’s custody by her 38-year-oldfather. The mother said that they were having an argument and that the father had… Read More »

Ex-Wife Fighting Over Concealed Family Fortune

By Michael Whitmarsh |

In a UK case which illustrates how divorcing partners might conceal assets, a divorcee has re-opened a lengthy legal battle with her banker ex-husband, claiming he concealed his £1m (approximately $1.3M USD) family fortune. 53-year-old Tina Norman and her ex-husband, Robert Ellis Norman, first met while attending Southampton University in the 1980s. The two… Read More »

How the Court Determines Parental Fitness

By Michael Whitmarsh |

A lot of issues may come into play when it comes to determining child custody and how much – if any – time a parent is legally entitled to spend with his or her child. One question which may arise is just how “fit” one or both parents are to be a part of… Read More »

Your Same-Sex Prenuptial Agreement Could Be Invalid

By Michael Whitmarsh |

Few same-sex couples walk down the aisle and say “I do” believing that at some point their vows will be broken. After all, same-sex couples have a lower divorce rate than heterosexual couples, with the average divorce rate being 1.1%. With that said, same sex divorces obviously do happen, which is why a growing… Read More »

Jolie Showing Importance of Amicable Divorce

By Michael Whitmarsh |

The divorce involving power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (with the couple commonly being referred to as “Brangelina”) shocked everyone, and how they are dealing with the divorce continues to surprise the world. While verbal shots were fired between the divorcing couple initially, both have been almost silent about the dissolution of their… Read More »

Top 5 FAQs about Family Law

By Michael Whitmarsh |

Family law deals with issues that arise out of marriage, domestic partnerships, and civil unions. There is a lot of confusion about what family law is and how it can benefit couples and their families, which is why we are answering these top 5 frequently asked questions about it today. 1. What Is Family… Read More »

California Man Receives Five-Year Sentence in Domestic Violence Case

By Michael Whitmarsh |

Earlier this month, a California judge handed down a five-year sentence for a man who stood accused of domestic violence. The defendant, who offered pleas of no contest to charges including felony domestic violence and felony criminal threats, in addition to a number of misdemeanor domestic violence counts, was also charged with violating an… Read More »

Man Continues Protesting Child Support Order After DNA Test Confirmed Child Was Not His

By Michael Whitmarsh |

In 1998, Willie Shorter had a DNA test to determine paternity on his young child. The lab conducting the test returned results that, with a 99.8 percent certainty, Shorter was not the child’s biological father. Nearly two decades later, Shorter says he is still being forced to pay child support for the child, despite… Read More »

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