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What to include in your prenuptial agreement

Getting married means you are planning for one of the biggest days of your life. The planning is immense. It's so immense that you might miss something. A common item many engaged couples miss is the creation of a prenuptial agreement. Here's what you should include in such a document.

One of the most important things you should include in a prenuptial agreement is a clause that defines marital property. This clause will help explain what items purchased or acquired during the marriage become marital property. This can include items that are acquired individually if you so choose.

More than 400 parents to receive child support from state

More than 400 parents are set to receive some amount of child support from the state of Nebraska, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald. The state is issuing $250,292 in child support to the parents. The offer of money will come from the state Department of Health and Human Services. Letters will be sent out to the parents who are set to receive the money.

According to an official from the department, the money belongs to parents who had their payments collected while their children were in the custody of the state. The funds were originally supposed to help pay for the care of those children while with the state and excess money was to be sent to the parents named as recipients of the child support.

What is parenting time interference in Indiana?

When a couple with children gets divorced, a parenting agreement is created to make the custody arrangement as easy as possible on all parties involved. The agreement is made when the parents share custody of their children. The agreement can be informal, but should be approved by a court in order to enforce them if issues arise. When the agreement is not followed, either maliciously or by mistake, it can be interpreted as parenting time interference.

A common form of parental time interference is known as indirect interference. This can occur in quite a few different ways, which include the following:

How to handle common co-parenting problems

No one ever said co-parenting would be easy. In fact, it can be one of the most difficult things to face in life. Whether you are in the situation because of divorce or another factor, you will want to handle issues that arise with respect and dignity for the benefit of your child. Here are some tips for handling common co-parenting issues in Indiana.

One of the most common problems is that one of the parents in this situation continually breaks agreements. If there are written agreements in place that outline what is to happen when your child is with the other parent, they must be followed. If the other parent continues to break these rules, it must be dealt with immediately. Discuss with the other parent that they must follow the rules in place. If they feel they are too strict, you can meet to discuss a new agreement. If neither of these options work, it's best to get your family law attorney involved in the discussion.

An overview of same-sex adoption in Indiana

Same-sex couples are legally permitted to adopt in the state of Indiana. This method, for some, is the only way couples can start a family. This is especially true if they cannot afford a surrogate or in-vitro fertilization. Here is a brief overview about same-sex adoption in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Same-sex couples in Indiana looking to adopt a child will face many of the same hurdles other couples or single individuals face in the state. Be prepared to endure a lengthy process for the adoption, which can include paperwork, interviews and questionnaires prior to receiving your license for adoption. The process will consist of the same elements for any aged child in the state.

Dissolution decree reversed by Indiana Court of Appeals

A dissolution decree has been reversed by the Indiana Court of Appeals, according to court documents filed on April 26. The divided Court of Appeals, in the ruling, found that the trial court made an error when imputing potential income for the mother based on the fact she now can work since the children from the marriage are grown.

The mother filed for divorce from her husband in December of 2014. At the time, the mother was making $55 per hour as a part-time nurse practitioner. Her husband was making $95,000 per year with a bonus potential of $27,000 as a pharmaceutical sales representative.

How can I protect myself if our divorce includes a business?

If you have always relied on a family business to make ends meet, the thought of having to step away from that security might make you sick. When you are going through a divorce, this is a real possibility.

For people who aren't involved in the daily financial matters of a business, having to deal with that in the case of a divorce isn't easy. You must ensure that you take steps to protect your interests in the divorce.

Learn how you can help your credit report after divorce

Many people count on having good credit to be able to enjoy the finer things in life. When you go through a divorce, you might not realize that your credit is one of the things that might be impacted. If you are facing the prospect of a divorce or are in the midst of one, you should think about how you can try to prevent negative hits to your credit report.

One of the ways that your divorce might impact your credit is if your ex is assigned some of the joint debt and doesn't pay as required. Because these accounts are joint accounts, your ex not paying will reflect on your credit report.

How You Can Adjust a Child Support Agreement with Ease

Divorce proceedings elicit different reactions among couples from various walks of life. To some, it symbolizes heartache especially when either spouse is still in love. For some, it is warmly received as a sigh of relief when the marriage is rocked by infidelity and other serious matters. Once the divorce is finalized, paying child support takes center stage courtesy of a parenting plan agreed by both ex-spouses in the presence of a Judge. Based on the issued verdict, the non-custodial spouse is obligated to child support as outlined in the parenting plan.

Certain factors might crop in which unexpectedly renders the husband unable to pay pre-determined payments. In such a case, expediting the modification of child support becomes an essential part of maintaining the best interests of the child. Depending on the exact circumstances, the payments could either be increased or reduced in the presence of a valid reason. As the child grows older, it is understandable that basic requirements such as tuition fee and medical needs will increase to meet the rising demands. Such basic needs call for more financial support from both spouses.

Child custody agreements must be carefully considered

Child custody and support orders are huge parts of a parent's life when they aren't with the child's other parent any longer. Whether you come to the agreement through mediation or if the court sets the order, you have to make sure that you understand everything.

We know that you probably don't want to have to deal with a child custody or support order. These orders put limitations on what you can and can't do with your child -- even if that is only dealing with when you will have your child in your custody.