Monthly Archives: August 2014

Understanding the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)

Legally, divorcing military personnel face the same procedural problems of anyone ending a marriage. In the strictest sense, there is no such animal as a military divorce. A servicemember or the spouse of a servicemember receives a divorce under the … Continue reading

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Reducing the Chance of Divorce

Most people know that the national divorce rate is close to 50 percent for the married population. For many people, however, the actual chances are much lower, according to the authors of the State of Our Unions, a report of … Continue reading

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Custody and Parental Alienation

The custodial parent who alienates a child’s affections by making derogatory comments about the other parent, or by attempting to interfere with his or her visitation, or by suggesting that the other parent has abandoned the child or does not … Continue reading

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Early Testing

With more than half of births to women under 30 now out of wedlock, it is not uncommon for the expectant mother to ask, “Who is the father?” Now blood tests can determine paternity as early as the eighth or … Continue reading

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Surviving Infidelity: Living with a Cheating Spouse

At one time, marital infidelity and adultery were fairly easy terms to define. In the recent past most people would have said that terms like infidelity and affairs simply referred to relationships existing “outside of a marriage that involved some … Continue reading

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The Wobbly Wheel of Romance

That first trip down the aisle may be a person’s best chance at marital happiness. The more times a person is married, the greater the chances are that the next marriage (and subsequent marriages) will end in divorce. Census Bureau … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Divorce

About 1 percent of the total number of currently married or registered gay couples get divorced each year, according to a survey by the Williams Institute. By comparison about 2 percent of the total number of married straight couples divorce … Continue reading

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Interest-Based Negotiation: The Key to Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce lawyering requires the skills of an attorney accomplished in interest-based negotiation. Traditional litigation negotiation is positional, in which the parties are adversaries fighting to win at all costs; by comparison, the collaborative approach looks for solutions that do … Continue reading

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Petition for Paternity

A petition for paternity is an appeal for a family law court to identify a child’s biological father. Either parent may file the petition – the mother to establish child support guidelines, or the father to gain visitation rights or … Continue reading

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Relocation Routines

One of the most common situations in relocation cases happens when the custodial parent, who has physical custody of the child and shared legal custody, wants to relocate the child a distance from a former spouse, who has visitation rights … Continue reading

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