He’s Jewish, I’m Catholic, It’s December. Now What?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Whether you choose to decorate the Christmas tree, light the menorah, or creatively compromise and buy a Hanukkah bush, the holiday season can be an extremely stressful time for couples in inter-faith relationships. If not handled properly, deciding which holidays and traditions to celebrate can strain your relationship and lead to conflict with your partner and your extended families. Depending on your religious backgrounds and level of dedication to your faith, what you are willing to...

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Trial Lawyer Author Offers $1,000 Prize

Aug 8, 2012 by

Attorney Robert E. Long’s new book, “Trial Lawyer,” takes readers right into courtrooms to witness how the law really works and offers a $1,000 juror’s “stipend”  “Ignorance of the law” may not be an excuse but it can cost defendants enormous sums of money or even their personal freedom … in “Trial Lawyer,” Robert Long uses “stories” to explain how the law functioned in his most unusual cases. Here are two of...

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Larry King Divorce May Still Be On

Aug 8, 2012 by

When we last visited the topic of Larry King’s marriage, the CNN reporter and his wife Shawn had announced they were setting their impending divorce aside and that “We owe it to ourselves and our children to continue being dedicated to each other.” Now, it seems the split may be back on the front burner after Shawn’s recent drug overdose that many observers say was a suicide attempt. Whatever the truth is, property division issues now seem to be the main bone of...

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Philippine Divorce Law Changes

Aug 8, 2012 by

Americans marrying Filipinos and Filipinos marrying Americans have long shared a common problem when it comes to divorce; the nation of the Philippines has never had any provisions for divorce at all. Persons wanting to remarry were often just plain out of luck if they wanted a divorce in that country. Under Philippine law there was no divorce procedure, only annulment was on the books and an annulment in the Philippines is an extremely difficult status to obtain. Even those Filipinos who...

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Japanese Prosecutors Finally Relent in International Child Custody Case Against US Father

Aug 8, 2012 by

Prosecutors in Japan have dropped the case against an American man arrested after he snatched his children from his ex-wife in her home country of Japan. An official with the Japanese Prosecutors Office said the department decided to abandon the case because the father’s intent was only to see his children. United States citizen Christopher Savoie, claimed his ex-wife Noriko Savoie had violated a U.S. court custody decision by taking the children from Franklin, Tennessee, to her home in...

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What are Court Orders?

Aug 8, 2012 by

When proceeding with a divorce, many arrangements must be made between the spouses. If husband and wife are unable to negotiate an agreement about the children, bills, and/or other issues, a court order can be used to split financial responsibilities until the divorce becomes finalized. The first step in splitting financial responsibilities is always to attempt to negotiate with your spouse. This will save legal costs for both parties. There are circumstances where this might not be possible,...

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Facebook Cited in 1/3 of Divorces

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his own status to ‘married’ on the social media site recently, a recent survey in the UK says his website may be causing a full one-third of all new divorces filed in that nation. The survey found that the practice of unhappy couples complaining about their spouse’s behavior on Facebook is growing exponentially and the many inappropriate messages posted there seem to be the biggest source of complaints. The latest survey’s...

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Social Media & Second Marriages

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is no secret that the social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and others are becoming the latest weapons in divorce and child-support battles. Private investigators and divorce attorneys searching for information on a client’s wayward spouse or ex-spouse are quickly catching on to the fact that the websites are often a quick and easy way to catch people doing things they don’t want others to know about. The most incriminating online evidence...

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How Expensive Can a Divorce Get?

Aug 8, 2012 by

A Saudi prince is about to join the exclusive ranks of people with the most expensive divorce cases in history. Saudi Arabian royal family member Sheik Mohammed Al Fassi was held liable for $81 million in a 1983 divorce judgment awarded to then wife, Sheikha Dena Al Fassi (now known as Diana Bilinelli). The $81 million settlement may be a staggering amount, but it is not nearly enough to propel one into the ranks of the top five most expensive divorces of all time. Sheik Al Fassi’s...

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Advocating Children’s Rights

Aug 8, 2012 by

As the divorce rate in the United States continues to climb, so does the amount of damage to the most innocent members of the family, the children. Many of the legal issues and debates surrounding a divorce focus on the rights of the adults, and overlook what might be happening to vulnerable and confused children. Children are often put aside or ignored while the mechanics of a divorce, like who gets what, are worked out. When divorcing adults are distracted, it’s easy to forget the...

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Government, Marriage and Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

After President Barack Obama recently endorsed same-sex marriage it appears that changes to the nation’s laws will not be far behind as the inevitability of nationwide same-sex marriage is a almost a given at this point. The recent developments have caused some people to take notice of the fact that the level of government involvement with marriage and divorce may decrease in the future as our culture moves farther toward championing individual choice over traditional marriage...

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Update: Tiger Woods to Remain Celibate During Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recent reports have surfaced in the Chicago Sun Times and the New York Daily News indicating that Tiger Woods’ divorce is going anything but smoothly and wife Elin Nordegren seems to have upped her demands. In addition to pressure from his wife’s camp, now Woods’ own legal team has told him he can’t date until his divorce is finalized. Sources had previously said Elin would settle for $500 million and share joint custody of their two children with Woods. It was also...

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Divorcing Down Under

Aug 8, 2012 by

The news from Down Under concerning the state of divorce in Australia seems to mirror that of the United States when it comes to increasing money worries in a tight economy leading to a rise in the number of total divorces in that country. As reported recently in The Sydney Morning Herald the number of divorces in Australia increased 5% from 2008 to 2009.  The figure of 49,448 divorces in 2009 represents 2.3 divorces per 1000 people and is the first increase in the number and rate of...

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Divorce of Least Resistance

Aug 8, 2012 by

Critics of the no fault divorce laws here in the United States have long claimed that the ease of negotiating an uncontested divorce process is just too easy and actually encourages people to get divorced. Supporters refute the claim and say there is no reason a couple should be forced to endure a drawn-out divorce if they both agree to the split and the easier the process is, the better it is. While there may some merit in both sides of the argument, a recent divorce case in South Africa...

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Sandra’s Secret Divorce Papers

Aug 8, 2012 by

You see celebrity divorces in the news every day and covering the break-ups of the rich and famous has become a big business. There is an army of investigative reporters and photographers working around the clock to deliver the dirt. With divorce documents open to scrutiny in every courthouse across the nation, the timing and details of almost every divorce are a matter of public record these days. The press knows when a celebrity files for a divorce almost as quickly as the spurned spouse...

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Waiting for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

People waiting to get divorced in Arizona will not be getting any extra time to think about splitting up before they actually make the break. Arizona divorce law currently requires a 60-day waiting period before a couple can move forward with a divorce application. That requirement has been under assault in the Arizona legislature twice, and in this case it looks like the second time will be the last as the bill introduced in an effort to change the law to allow couples to wait longer before...

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Elin Nordegren Seeks $750 Million Divorce Settlement

Aug 8, 2012 by

It looks like more trouble ahead for the Tiger. Wife Elin Nordegren Woods has reportedly reassessed her position and is apparently not feeling too charitable toward her soon-to-be ex-husband, Tiger Woods. Reports have surfaced indicating that Elin has upped her settlement demands during divorce negotiations and is now asking for a whopping $750 million settlement package. Prior reports had estimated the settlement figure to be $500 million. Reports in the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper say that...

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Should You File for Bankruptcy During Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is no secret that financial problems are among the most common causes of divorce. Financial distress can drive a big wedge between spouses. Filing for bankruptcy can be the cause of a divorce or it can be the result of a divorce when financial burdens dictate that debt relief is a necessary part of the divorce process. In almost every case, the cost of maintaining two separate households is greater than living together and there may not be enough cash for both to pay off debts and start...

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Divorce Lawyers Opting for Valentine’s Truce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Valentine’s Day isn’t always a celebration of undying romantic love. This year, family law attorneys in Texas are exploring ways that disputing couples can play nice, whether they stay together or are torn asunder. For decades, litigation was the only avenue for parties in trouble. The couples would simply load their weapons and come out blazing. During the 1990s, collaborative law was developed as a viable alternative to litigation, offering a more civilized form of divorce for...

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Understanding Child Custody Laws

Aug 8, 2012 by

Child custody refers to the legal care and maintenance of a child to one or both of the parents. Child custody is often a battle for many families going through divorce. In many cases, the parent who should be awarded full custody of the child is obvious, while in other cases it is not. Child custody laws differ from state to state. Depending on the state where the custody case is taking place, the courts may use different factors to determine which parent is awarded custody. Although there are...

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