Family Law

Family Law News Issue 1, 2021, Volume 43, No. 1

Message from the Editor

Nathan W. Gabbard, CFLS

Welcome, dear reader, to the first issue of the new year. This issue will not disappoint. Topics range from a review of issues that are less common in practice, to analysis of newly enacted legislation. We’ve got it all!

Convincing a client that a child support obligation does not always end when the child reaches the age of 18 can be uphill climb. Parents can be statutorily required to support their children beyond the age of majority. Elsa-Marie Madeiros discusses the less common issue of adult child support, the bases for determining whether it should be granted, and how to build a case for adult child support.

Without going to the extremes of the facts in the Davenport matter regarding attorney fees getting out of control, it is still helpful to stay cognizant of each client’s fees incurred. Helping your client make reasonable decisions can save them thousands of dollars, and it can also save the practitioner from having high unpaid client bills in collections. Sharmeela Kawos provides several suggestions about how to keep fees and costs from skyrocketing during dissolutions of marriage.

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