Child support may continue through the age of 19 if the child still attends high school. Sometimes, court-ordered support will continue if the child is attending college or suffers educational and learning disabilities.
Legal FAQs: Marriage and Divorce
Although a bride is not required by law to change her name, many do. If you make the change, you’ll need to obtain a revised driver’s license reflecting your new name. You should also notify Social Security about the change. If you and your future husband have a new address, that should also be reflected on your driver’s licenses. Finally, you each will need to notify your voters’ registration office of any changes in names or address.
No, a lawyer cannot represent both parties in a divorce case. Quite often, documents (such as a separation agreement) are prepared by one lawyer, but the fact is, the lawyer who drafted the documents may only represent one party.
Yes. This is known as a contested divorce. A party must prove “grounds” or legal-based reasons for a judge to grant the divorce. In a contested divorce, both parties want to divorce but can't agree on issues like child custody, child and spousal support and property division.
While there are specific guidelines for child support, there are currently no guidelines for maintenance. Courts take into consideration each case’s particular circumstances with emphasis on duration of the marriage, needs of each party, income and assets of each party, and the standard of living established during the marriage.