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How to prepare for a hearing on child custody

When parents no longer live together or are headed for divorce, it's inevitable that a child custody issue will arise. Many parents are able to solve this issue on their own before they even hit mediation. Then there are parents who wind up in family court in front of a judge. The judge will make the final decision regarding child custody and base it on the best interests of the child.

I'm getting a divorce. Will I have to go to court?

The decision to move forward with a divorce is not an easy choice. If you are facing the likelihood that your marriage is over, you may be dreading the prospect of going to court, allowing multiple people to hear your private business and fighting over various issues. Fortunately, there could be a better way.

Items to include in your prenuptial agreement

Planning a wedding in Franklin? It is one of the most exciting times in life. Whether it's your first, second or subsequent marriage, you should always protect yourself with a prenuptial agreement. Many people tend to think that prenuptial agreements are only for those who have tons of assets, high-paying jobs or millions in savings. That is not the case. A prenuptial agreement works for anyone getting married.

Stay organized if alimony is awarded

There are so many issues involved in a divorce. If you have children, custody and support payments will be central to divorce talks. If a bevy of assets are involved in your marriage, then property division will play a huge role. And if there is a potential financial disparity between the spouses in the wake of a divorce, then alimony -- also called spousal support -- could be awarded.

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