Monthly Archives: May 2013

Divorce, Prison and Child Visitation

More than 5 million American families have a family member in prison, and incarceration does not necessarily end visitation and visitation rights for the convict. While the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that both natural parents have … Continue reading

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Shared Custody Works When Parents Work at It

Shared, or joint custody, gives divorced parents a chance to be the best parent they can. Shared custody means that both parents have physical and legal custody of the child and share the child, if not equally, then substantially and … Continue reading

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Cohabitation Agreements Protect the Partners

A growing number of unmarried couples sign cohabitation agreements  (or cohabs), which are binding contracts that bear a striking resemblance to prenuptial agreements. Cohabitation agreements, which are prepared by attorneys, protect personal assets, and often address the same issues prenups … Continue reading

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Who Pays for College? – Child Support in the Adult Years

College expenses remain a particularly contentious hurdle for divorcing parents, particularly now that the cost of higher education has soared. Some parents believe that paying for college is their duty only when he or she voluntarily assumes it, but today … Continue reading

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Paternity by Estoppel

Shondel J. v. Mark D., a New York Court of Appeals case, reaffirmed the applicability of paternity by estoppel in the case of a young man who mistakenly represented himself as a child’s father and who was prevented from subsequently … Continue reading

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Grandparents Should Mediate, Not Litigate

In the aftermath of Troxel v. Granville, grandparents who want visitation rights with their grandchildren should try to resolve any conflicts without resorting to the court system by using mediation. Mediation where a third party helps the differing parties reach … Continue reading

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The Pen is Mightier than Divorce

Research from Northwestern University suggests than married couples may save their marriages from discord by critiquing their arguments objectively and in writing. According to study author Dr. Eli Finkel, a NU professor of social psychology, 120 married couples were split … Continue reading

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The Empty Nest Refills

More adult Americans now live with the their parents after having left home for school and (in many cases) marriage. Today, more young Americans 34 and younger sleep in their childhood bedrooms than at any other time in the past … Continue reading

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Money Can Be the End of All Love

Money is not necessarily the root of all evil, but for many, many couples, money is the cause of many arguments. Money problems are the biggest source of friction, stress and arguments for couples, according to a 2012 survey conducted … Continue reading

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Wedding Bells and Broadband

New research suggests that because of the Internet, marriage rates among young people are higher than they would have been without the Web. According to the author of the research, Andriana Bellou, “In recent decades, we have observed important transformations … Continue reading

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