Temporary Court Decisions in the Meantime of Divorce

Posted on: 4 September 2015

Pendente lite (pronounced pen-den-tay lee-tay) hearings are short-cause or preliminary court proceedings that are held before the major litigation of a divorce case.  A preliminary hearing can be scheduled to handle matters of necessity such as child support, visitation and temporary custody, or spousal support. What is decided at these hearings may or may not be kept the same in the eventual divorce agreement. Visitation or Temporary Custody To get a temporary custody order, you will have to show that what you want is in the best interests of the children involved. [Read More]

Take Care When Driving During An El Niño Fall

Posted on: 1 September 2015

With predictions of an El Niño lasting through this fall and beyond, people across the country are bracing for changes in weather. While some areas of the country may be drier than usual, others will experience more precipitation. Preparing in advance and practicing safe driving techniques can help you avoid accidents. Wet Conditions (South and Southwest Drivers) Driving during times of heavy rain can be dangerous. Prepare your car for upcoming wet weather by replacing your windshield wipers. [Read More]

Can You Require A Seller To Perform Repairs Before Closing?

Posted on: 13 August 2015

Before closing the sale on your new home, you have the opportunity to conduct a pre-close inspection. Ideally, everything in the home will be as it should and you can continue to the close. However, if you notice that repairs need to be made to the home, you need to take action before closing. Here is what you need to know.  What Are Your Options? One of the first things you need to do is make a list of the repairs that need to be made. [Read More]

Beyond Safety Issues: Four Reasons For Getting A Restraining Order (that Aren't always Obvious)

Posted on: 30 July 2015

Because of the word "restraining," it's reasonable to assume that the only function of a restraining order is to keep a tormentor away from you and your family. That may be the fundamental reason for getting the order, but it isn't the only one. Here are four further reasons for getting a restraining order:   Restitution Depending on your state, the court may order your abuser to pay for any damages or injuries his or her violence may have caused. [Read More]