Blog Posts in June, 2013

  • A Closer Look at Child Abuse Cases

    || 28-Jun-2013

    We are all likely aware of Child Protective Services, a state government agency which acts as a means of enforcing laws for those children who are at risk of abuse in the home. Obviously, state laws prohibit the abuse of a child, which has criminalizing consequences, however these agencies are used as a means of specifically helping the children. Generally these types of cases are involving the ...
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  • Does California Recognize Common Law Marriage?

    || 27-Jun-2013

    The state of California does not recognize common law marriages, even though the practice is honored in some other states. A common law marriage is a marriage that takes place without any formal ceremony. In some states, couples that have been together for an extended amount of time and live and behave like a marriage couple will automatically become married in the eyes of the law. When common law ...
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  • Understanding Spousal Support (Alimony) After a Divorce

    || 26-Jun-2013

    Alimony is another way to say spousal support, which means the amount of money that one spouse will be receiving from the other for provision after the two go through their divorce. Depending on the circumstances, the two spouses will either agree together to have alimony payments after their split (either through a prenuptial agreement or simply coming to an agreement during the divorce process) ...
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  • Can a TRO Help Protect You?

    || 25-Jun-2013

    If you have an ex-spouse or ex-partner that tends to stalk or has threatened you, then you can request a TRO to secure your own protection. TRO stands for Temporary Restraining Order. These orders are signed by a judge and enforced by the local police or sheriff's office. If your ex violates the TRO once it is served, he or she can be arrested and prosecuted. This can help to keep stalking ...
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  • Divorce Statistics for 2012

    || 24-Jun-2013

    In our society today, divorce is a very common trend among married couples. In fact, half of the married couples will divorce at some point in time according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While these numbers are so high, their studies show that these rates have actually been in the decline since the statistics of 1996, and this includes the celebrity divorces and the more recent gay divorces. What is ...
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  • Small Businesses and Your Divorce

    || 21-Jun-2013

    Believe it or not, a divorce does not always have to mean the crashing down of your entire world, in fact for some a divorce will turn things around in a couple's life. This was the case for two dancers who as a couple co-founded a salsa dance studio. While they were madly in love at the time, they realized over the years that their marriage was not the best idea and they decided to file for a ...
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  • How a Visitation Diary can Help You

    || 20-Jun-2013

    If you are engaged, then you may be wondering whether or not you need a prenuptial agreement. It is always wise to create one of these documents that will govern the divorce settlement in the event that your marriage does not work out. At present, you may be smitten with your future spouse, and creating a document to prepare for potential separation sounds anything but romantic. Still, if you fail ...
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  • Questions to Consider Before Filing for a Divorce

    || 19-Jun-2013

    Choosing to file for a divorce is a very big decision, which is why before making a hasty move, you want to go over a few questions with yourself to make sure that you are doing what is best for you and your family. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before making this very important life choice. First off, you want to evaluate the "problems" you and your spouse have within the ...
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  • Study: Online Relationships Lead to Lower Divorce Rates

    || 18-Jun-2013

    According to a new study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, marriages that start with an initial meeting online are less likely to end in a divorce than those that are started the traditional way. This new study may encourage more and more singles to join websites like eHarmony.com to find their partner. According to the report on Fox, the ...
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  • No Prenup May Cause Oil Baron to Lose Billions in Divorce

    || 17-Jun-2013

    Prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich and famous, however, they do come in handy for those who aim to protect their finances whose numbers rest in the billions of dollar mark. For example, oil baron Harold Hamm is believed to be at risk of losing billions in his divorce because he and his wife never filed a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage. His wife has accused him of being ...
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  • Taxes and Your Divorce

    || 14-Jun-2013

    Divorce may be considered "taxing" in many ways; however, there is also the not-so-simple process of actually filing for taxes that can be even more overwhelming for a newly divorced person. While our tax season is over for this year, it is never too early to start planning for next year so that if you and your spouse do choose to divorce, you are well prepared to handle the complicating ...
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  • Respecting Father's Day can Help in Court Cases

    || 13-Jun-2013

    If you are a mother currently divorcing from your spouse, then you probably don't want anything to do with your ex at the moment. Yet maintaining a healthy relationship with your ex-spouse and encouraging your children to maintain a healthy relationship with their parent can look great in court and help you to get the custody time that you prefer. Father's Day is coming up this next ...
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  • Studies for Online Dating: Greater Spousal Satisfaction and Less Divorce

    || 12-Jun-2013

    While studies may be showing that users who are on Facebook too much may be jeopardizing their relationships, studies are also showing that people who meet online tend to have greater satisfaction in their relationships. In this technological age, there are about one third of all marriages that are being initiated by online dating means. According to the an eHarmony study which was published in ...
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  • Will You Have the Children on Father's Day?

    || 11-Jun-2013

    Father's Day is only a week away, and many dads want to spend this special holiday with the children that they love. If you are a father and do not technically have custody of your children on Father's Day, you may want to put in a special request with the court. For example, if your custody arrangements make it so that your ex-spouse has the children this weekend, you may want to shift ...
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  • Divorce & Facebook: Is There a Connection?

    || 10-Jun-2013

    While social media proves to be an excellent way to stay connected with your numerous circles of friends from both the past and the present, studies are showing that it is also proving to be detrimental to those who are in relationships. According to research compiled by the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, they have determined that the use of Facebook is much more ...
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  • Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Divorce

    || 7-Jun-2013

    When going through a divorce, there is a lot that will be circling through your mind such as who will receive the majority of the time with your children, who will get the house or the car, etc. However, there are a number of financial mistakes that people can make when divorcing, don't let this be you. First off, make sure that you are not underestimating, or altogether ignoring, your ...
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  • When a Spouse Goes Into Hiding During Divorce

    || 6-Jun-2013

    When you are going through the divorce procedure, both you and your spouse must be present for the procedure. If your spouse goes into hiding after you file for divorce, this can make things extremely complicated. You will want your spouse's signature on many papers and may even need your significant other to appear in the courts and petition for his or her own preferences in the divorce ...
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  • Temporary Restraining Orders

    || 5-Jun-2013

    A temporary restraining order (TRO) has been established to act as a protective measure given by the court to someone who believes that their life, or that of their children, is being placed at risk. In most cases, if someone is seeking to physically harm you or is otherwise stalking you, then you will want to contact a family attorney in order to pursue a TRO for your own protection. This ...
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  • Divorce Robs Singer of All Finances

    || 4-Jun-2013

    KT Tunstall was left without finances after her divorce from her husband left her with almost nothing. Allegedly, the singer's husband was able to keep the home that they lived in and secured most of their fortune. Now, KT Tunstall admits that she was essentially "homeless" after divorce and relied on the charity of her friends to get her through a difficult time. She ended her ...
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  • Helpful Comforts During Divorce

    || 3-Jun-2013

    Divorce can be extremely emotional and difficult to work through. Researchers show that on a stress scale, divorce carries almost identical angst to a death in the family. When you are going through this difficult time, you are going to want comforts to assist you along the way. One of the most comforting things you can provide yourself with during a divorce is a great attorney. With a caring and ...
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