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What is the difference between a protective order and a restraining order?

Restraining orders are court orders directing a person not to engage in certain behavior.  A protective order is usually a short way of saying a Domestic Violence Protective Order (“DVPO”), a specific type of restraining order that is intended to protect victims of domestic violence.  In addition to targeting domestic violence through a DVPO, restraining […]

What is a deposition? Why use a deposition?

A deposition is the asking and answering of questions under oath, outside of court, in the presence of a court reporter.  A deposition may be taken of you, your spouse, or potential witnesses in your divorce case, including experts.  Both attorneys will be present.  You and your spouse also have the right to be present […]

What is the Custody Mediation Program?

The Custody Mediation Program addresses issues of child custody and visitation. Once a case involving custody or visitation is filed, the case is sent to the Custody Mediation Program.  The court then orders the parties to attend an orientation session and at least one Custody Mediation. Preparation Prior to attending a mediation session with your […]

What is a property settlement agreement?

A property settlement agreement is a written document that includes all of the financial agreements you and your spouse have reached in your divorce.  This may include the division of property, debts, child support, alimony, insurance, and attorney fees. The property settlement may be a separate document, or it may be incorporated into a court […]

What should I give my attorney to help prove domestic violence?

If your domestic violence case goes to court, the following may be useful exhibits: Photographs of injuries; Photographs of damaged property; Abusive or threatening notes, letters, texts or e-mails; Abusive or threatening voice messages; Videos or audio of your spouse abusing or threatening you (speak with an attorney prior to secretly recording anyone without their […]

Can I return to Court to modify alimony?

Ability to modify alimony depends on several factors.  If your agreement provides that your alimony order is “nonmodifiable,” then you may not have it modified.  Also, if no award of alimony was made before or in the divorce decree and you do not have a claim for alimony pending, you will not be entitled to […]

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