Monthly Archives: August 2013

Legal Issues in Paternity Testing and Paternity Fraud

Paternity fraud happens when a mother identifies a man as the biological father of her child when she knows or suspects that he is not. When paternity is in dispute, the family court can order the putative father in a … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Divorce Not Easy

As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), married same-sex couples in the now 13 states and the District of Columbia where such unions are legal become eligible for equal benefits under numerous … Continue reading

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Troxel v. Granville Controls the Agenda

Thousands of grandparents face the loss of visitation with their grandchildren because the parents wish to limit contact. And, although it would be helpful, there is no uniform law about grandparents’ visitation rights. Every state has is own statute. Statutes … Continue reading

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You Can’t Cut Him Out!

Many divorcing spouses do not want a former partner to receive one penny more than absolutely necessary. But even when one spouse rewrites his or her will, the other partner cannot be completely disinherited until after the divorce is final. … Continue reading

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Divorce and Children Statistics

Childless marriages end more frequently than those with children. The divorce rate among couples with children is 40 percent lower than couples without children. Very often divorce eliminates the father in a child’s life. Just under half the children in … Continue reading

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Meeting the Legal Requirements for Divorce

Meeting the legal requirements for divorce where the parties reside is the first step in the divorce process. Basically this means the following: The petitioner (plaintiff) must reside in the state and county.  Six months is a common state requirement; … Continue reading

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Parental Alienation Syndrome vs. Parental Alienation

In PAS a child belittles and insults one parent without justification because he or she has been indoctrinated by the other parent (usually as part of a child custody dispute). Parental alienation syndrome  (PAS) is a term minted by the … Continue reading

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Protect the Children in the Midst of Divorce

Research suggests that conflict and turmoil between divorced and divorcing parents are normal for two to three years, and according to one source, “[f]or about one tenth of all divorcing couples, the unremitting animosity will shadow the entire growing up … Continue reading

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Divorce Survival: Making a Budget

One way to make surviving the divorce survival easier is not making money problems any worse than they are, and for many, if not most, people that means a budget. The truth is, divorce makes most people poorer, and some … Continue reading

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The Equitable Parent and Same-Sex Divorce

When same-sex couples divorce, the spouse who is not a biological or adoptive parent may be granted custody or visitation as an equitable parent. In this situation, one of the partners is the natural parent of the child who considers … Continue reading

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