Monthly Archives: April 2014

Unmarried Couples

Many couples choose to live together before marriage, and some couples share their lives without getting married at all. Unmarried couples normally have certain rights and obligations under family law. Unmarried couples may be affected by family law if they … Continue reading

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Adultery and Divorce

Adultery is extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with a marriage. Though all states now offer a no-fault ground for divorce, meaning proving fault is not required to obtain a divorce, in some jurisdictions, proof of adultery is still … Continue reading

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Kansas Lawmaker Wants to Abolish No-Fault

A member of the Kansas House recently introduced legislation to abolish no-fault divorce in the Sunflower state. Republican Keith Esau, of Olathe, introduced the bill Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee for a fellow lawmaker whom he said he did … Continue reading

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Rates of Divorce

Eli J. Finkel, a professor of psychology and management and organizations at Northwestern University, observes  “[o]ne of the most disturbing facts about American marriage today is that while divorce increased at similar rates for the wealthy and the poor in … Continue reading

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Secondhand Smoke and Child Custody

Secondhand smoke, also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), can have an impact on child custody decisions. Parental smoking can result in termination of parental rights, or a change of custody or visitation. Courts now are mindful of the dangers of … Continue reading

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Is Conscious Uncoupling a Safeguard Against Unconscious Un-parenting?

Conscious Uncoupling. Since Gwyneth Paltrow first mentioned the concept, it’s been addressed in the media with snickers and chuckles. Little wonder divorce and dysfunctional families abound in our western culture. The concept of ending a marriage peacefully, with compassion and … Continue reading

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