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For any homeowner who may be considering a loan modification under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), you need to be aware that HAMP and many of the other programs under the Making Home Affordable program are coming to an end.

We live in a society where getting things done in the fastest and cheapest way possible is the goal. Using Orders of Protection to modify custody orders can do just that: if there is a prior custody order, using an Order of Protection to modify that order only puts a Band-Aid on the bigger issue of modifying custody and has other negative implications as well.

If the child was born during marriage and you and your spouse are separated but not yet divorced, and there is no other court order in place, then you are considered joint custodians and have equal rights of access to the child.

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