Family Law News Issue 1, 2021, Volume 43, No. 1
- 9 Secrets to Keeping Attorney's Fees and Costs Low in a Divorce
- A Big Success
- Building the Case for Adult Child Support
- Defining "Coercive Control" in the Domestic Violence Prevention Act
- Division of Community Property in a Default Judgment
- Family Law News Editorial Team
- Family Law Section Executive Committee
- Legislative Liaisons and Designated Recipients of Legislation
- Message from the Chair
- Table of Contents
- Tiny Tommy Testifying: An Approach to Minor Child Input
- Message from the Editor
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.