Assuming you and your co-parent share joint legal custody over your minor child(ren), that means you each have equal rights to their medical information, records, appointments and major decision-making. Often times, divorced parents have different views on healthcare (i.e., vaccines, procedures, prescriptions). If joint legal custodial parents cannot agree on major medical decisions, they go to court to battle these issues (which is often very expensive, time consuming and emotionally draining). Most often, courts will follow the accepted standards of medical experts and healthcare professionals. If you would like to discuss these sensitive family law issues or any others so you can be as informed as possible, please contact us.
Attorney Max S. Emmer speaks with Nicole Gopoian Wirick, JD, CFP, in a three (3) part series on the intersection of financial planning and divorce. Nicole is a financial advisor with a law degree, certificate in financial planning and myriad experiences making her a uniquely well-rounded and expert financial professional. Should you have any questions, please contact us today.
Many clients think that the notion “marital property” ends when they file for divorce – that is not true. Until a divorce is finalized and entered by the Court, property is still marital barring express agreement by the parties to the contrary. Recently, a colleague of mine added language into a Judgment of Divorce regarding lottery winnings during this interim time period – if the winnings were less than $500.00, the winning party kept that free and clear. But, if it was greater than $500.00, it would be treated as marital property. So, make sure if you ever win big, try your best to do it AFTER your Judgment of Divorce is finalized and entered by the Court. If you have any family law questions, please contact us.