International Divorce 101: Part 2

Here are some additional insights to help you get what you need from the international divorce process: As in any divorce, the dissolution begins with a petition, even if your soon-to-be ex lives in another country. The main difference has to do with timing: serving divorce papers can take months, particularly if your spouse is […]

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How Will Our Debts Be Divided And What About Student Loans?

Dividing assets may be a major issue in resolving in your divorce case, particular where you and your spouse have accumulated a significant amount of wealth and/or property. However, you may be wondering what happens to you and your spouse’s debt in divorce.  You may have student loans or have borrowed money to invest in […]

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Simple Tips To Working Well With Your Family Law Attorney

Amid the myriad of decisions you will need to make in your family law case, one of the first will be selecting the lawyer that’s right for you. Choosing an attorney with whom you feel comfortable and confident in is a major first step.  Maintaining a good rapport and high level of confidence and respect […]

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Relocating Out-Of-State And Child Custody

Often following a divorce or bad breakup one or both of the parties consider moving away. Maybe you want to live closer to family or receive an offer for a nicer job.  Perhaps the cost of living is better across state lines.  If you have minor children with your ex, however, you can’t simply pack […]

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Can A Country Other Than America Be My Child’s “Home State?”

Decisions regarding child custody, visitation and support begins with ascertaining which court has jurisdiction to enter child custody and support orders. Typically, the initial custody determination is made by a court in your child’s “home state.” However, if your child has been absent from their home state or moved around a lot with you or […]

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5 FAQs about International Adoption

According to the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, there were 5,644 international adoptions in 2015—less than a quarter of the staggering 22,734 peak reached in 2004. Although there is a complex intersection of explanations for this steadily-declining statistic, the appeal of international adoptions could arguably be improved by simply improving access to information. This […]

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Understanding Hague Convention Proceedings and Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international agreement designed to establish safeguards that ensure intercountry adoptions protect and maintain the best interests of the child. The agreement entered into force for the U.S. in April 2008, and it applies to adoptions […]

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Can Another Country Be My Child’s Home State?

As I have discussed in previous blog posts, the only court with jurisdiction to enter orders concerning child custody–and modifications thereof–is the court in your child’s home state. So, what if your child lives with you in another country, or you would like to move there with your child? Can another country be considered your child’s home state? The simple answer is yes; but here, the family law attorneys at DiPietro, PLLC tell you what you need to know about moving abroad with your child and which court has jurisdiction to allow it.

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Exclusive, Continuing Jurisdiction and Child Custody Orders

If you are seeking to change the child custody arrangement you have with your former spouse, or may seek to change it in the future, you should be aware that only the court which entered the initial custody order has jurisdiction to change or modify your custody schedule due to exclusive, continuing jurisdiction. Here, the experienced family law attorneys at DiPietro, PLLC explain what exclusive, continuing jurisdiction is and what it means for your case.

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“Gossip Girl” Star Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Saga Continues

The popular misconception that celebrities receive favorable treatment in the judicial system has recently been publicly challenged – as illustrated by “Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford’s continued custody battle for her children. Rutherford and her former husband, Daniel Giersch, have been fighting for custody of their two minor children for over two years. Rutherford’s case exemplifies how complex custody battles can become when they take on international aspects.

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