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Things To Consider

10 Divorce Myths

1. A divorce takes six months.

This is very seldom true.  The reason for this is explained in the Frequently Asked Questions And Answers section of this website in response to Question 2: "How long does a divorce take?"

2. Once they are 12, children get to decide where they want to live.

10 Mistakes People Make

1. Not being prepared to talk to your attorney or paralegal.

You obviously need to communicate with your legal team.  However, the more times you talk to them, the more time of theirs it takes, and the more it costs you.  You can save a lot of time and money if you accumulate your questions and are fully prepared for every phone call and meeting with your legal team.

2. Not sharing essential information with your attorney.

10 More Divorce Myths

11.  Child support ends at age 18.

A parent's obligation to pay child support does not end at age 18 if, at the time the child turns age 18, he or she is a full time high school student and is living with one of his or her parents.  In that circumstance, the parent's child support obligation will end either when the child graduates from high school or when he or she is 19 years old, whichever occurs first.

12.  The court can make my spouse help pay for our children's college education.

General Legal Tips

  1. Make sure you have the originals of deeds, notes, car titles and other documents, (which should be in your possession) and place them in a safe deposit box.
  2. If you move to another state, your prior decree is enforceable under the full faith and credit provisions of the United States Constitution.
  3. In many states, child visitation cannot be denied because support payments are not being made and conversely support payments cannot be withheld because of a denial of visitation.

Minimizing Attorneys Fees

Family law matters can be expensive, both financially and emotionally, and most clients are understandably concerned about the costs involved.  The emotional crisis that you may be experiencing can aggravate your financial situation if you permit it to increase your attorney’s fees.  However, you are capable of reducing your fees by following these simple guidelines:

Our Commitment to Clients

The Law Office of Edward J. Thomas is committed to providing its clients with the highest quality legal services available anywhere in the area of family law.  Because of our strict adherence to ethical standards, and based upon the recommendation of our peers and the judges before whom we appear, our Firm has the highest possible rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell.