From book reports to baseball practice, you want to be involved in your stepkid’s life. You want to parent the child you are helping to raise, but can you legally be their parent if you simply married into the family? Can you adopt your spouse’s biological child? If you are married to the mother or…

Ending a Common Law Marriage: Does an Informal Marriage Require a Divorce? By Anita Cutrer of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Marriage, for many people, is much more than simply having a piece of paper to make it official. Perhaps you and your spouse skipped the formal religious wedding, and even…

Suspicious Spouse? Seek Counsel, Not a Private Eye. By Anita Cutrer of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC on Friday, April 20, 2018. You’ve developed a lingering suspicion about your spouse. You have no proof, but you think your spouse is cheating on you. Before hiring help in the form of a private investigator or hacking his…

Can I kick my spouse out of the house? By Anita Cutrer of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC posted in Divorce on Monday, March 26, 2018. Can I Kick My Spouse Out of the House? Your marriage is not going well. You would like to create as much distance between you and your spouse as possible….

Who gets the debt? Dividing debt during divorce On behalf of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC posted in blog on Monday, March 26, 2018. Many couples worry about how to divide assets during a divorce and fail to adequately handle debt. Debt should not be overlooked as it can have serious financial ramifications. Credit card debt…

How to Keep the Home Fire Burning By Anita Cutrer of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Marriage is like a fire, often the result of a burning romance. However, if the spark between two people is ignored, the flames burn out-and unfortunately, divorce becomes a consideration. If a couple feeds the…