A: I'll answer the mortgage question first. The mortgage company DOESN'T CARE if you are divorced. Your ex needs to refinance to get you off the mortgage. Otherwise, you're stuck and you need some protective language in any final decree. Hire a lawyer. It might hurt now, but it will save you TONS of headaches in the long run.
A: Laws can't cover every eventuality. If the children don't have heat in the home/apartment where they are having visitation, a motion should be filed with the Court to curtail visitation or to hold noncustodial parent in contempt.
Now, the problem with something like this is PROVING it. You put the children in a position to have to testify against the non-custodial parent, which often makes these people irate . . . because it's never THEIR fault, remember?
A: Usually, it's 2 years. However:
If an inmate was given probation after his/her sentence following the in-custody portion of the sentence, the inmate won't be put on parole but will be assigned to probation.
If an inmate was allowed to go into a CTP [Community Transition Program] for the last few months of his/her sentence, a court MAY discharge that person without placing him/her on parole.
If it's the first time the inmate is being released, and s/he wasn't convicted of a sex offense or a "crime of violence" [there's a list of these in the criminal code], AND s/he didn't violate any DOC rules during the last 6 months of his/her sentence, the parole may be reduced to just one year.
Sex offenders who are NOT “sexually violent predators” SHALL be put on parole for a period of ten years.
Those inmates that are "sexually violent predators” or who were convicted of murder or voluntary manslaughter SHALL be put on parole for life.