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The Wife’s Rights to a Dowry

In certain cases, standard form marriage certificates in the UAE can be altered to allow room for special conditions, like giving the woman the ability to petition for divorce. The special condition we will focus on here is...more

SCOVA Watch: Three Takeaways From the Court’s Recent Ruling on Same-Sex Cohabitation

Last December, I previewed the case of Luttrell v. Cucco, which had, at that time, just been taken up by the Supreme Court of Virginia. There are a few notable lessons from the Court’s ruling that are useful reminders...more

Mutual Consent: A Faster Way to Get Divorced in Maryland, but Beware

Married couples with a property settlement agreement who do not have minor children are now allowed to obtain divorces without any waiting period. This is a wonderful change from the previously required one year separation...more

Appellate Court Untangles Twelve Year Old Marital Settlement Agreement Regarding Pension

In a 2016 non-precedential appellate court decision, Grothey v. Grothey, the court attempted to untangle an agreement by husband and wife reached in 2004. The agreement provided that wife was to receive 65% of husband’s...more

Buy-Sell Agreements in a Divorce (Part 1)

My prior articles have discussed how to monetize one spouse’s equity interest in a privately held company that has no other owners. However, many businesses are started by two or three partners contributing their ideas,...more

Lemonade Can Be Bitter

Hi there, On a gorgeous day like today, you just want to sit outside and sip on a tall glass of lemonade. Recently though, the taste of lemonade has been made a little sharp by the fabulous Beyoncé. Infidelity became a...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19233, SC19234 - State v. Wright - SC19233, SC19234 Concurrence - State v. Wright - SC19382 - State v. Anthony D. - SC19382 Dissent - State v. Anthony D....more

6 Considerations When Considering Entering Into A Prenuptial Agreement

A prenuptial agreement is essentially a contract entered into by two parties prior to their marriage. This contract attempts to govern each individual’s rights and obligations should the marriage eventually terminate. The...more

Community Property in Arizona

As a family law attorney in both Arizona and California, I am often asked about community property. When does your ex-spouse stop having a claim to your property and earnings? The answer depends upon the state in which your...more

Arizona Files Thousands of Improper Child Support Liens

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) admitted recently that it filed inaccurate child support liens in at least 8,241 cases. The Department is tasked with helping enforce child support orders and tracking the...more

Divorce does not end parenthood

For many divorced parents, the thought of having to share parenting responsibilities with the person who has hurt you emotionally and/or financially may seem like an impossible challenge. However, even though your...more

Making The Divorce Process Easier For Victims Of Spousal Abuse

Pennsylvania allows parties to a divorce action to seek both no-fault and fault divorces. While fault remains available, the overwhelming majority of divorces are granted under no-fault grounds. The statutory framework for...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36842 - Antonucci v. Antonucci - In this divorce action, the parties had been married for twenty-five years and had two adult children, and had comparable incomes of about...more

Court Increases Father’s Child Support Payment Due to Inheritance

In the 2015 Pennsylvania Superior Court Opinion E.R.L. v. C.K.L., the Court found that Father’s significant inheritance was a sufficient reason to increase his child support payment for the parties’ three children....more

Appellate Court Upholds Decision To Award Partial Child Custody To Mother’s Former Partner

In a non-precedential appellate decision C.B. v. L.B., a Pennsylvania appellate court held that mother’s former partner should be granted periods partial custody, one weekend per month, and eventually reducing to one Saturday...more

New Changes to the Parent Education Program in Massachusetts

As a family law attorney, I’m often met with surprise (even outrage!) when I tell my clients that they’re required to participate in a Parent Education Program in connection with their Massachusetts divorce. People always say...more

International Abduction

Today’s topic is a very serious one, but not altogether uncommon in the UAE. The rules that govern what constitutes abduction are fairly clear – even though there are no specific statutory provisions dealing with child...more

New Pennsylvania Bill Makes Spousal Abuse Victims’ Divorce Process Easier

Recently, Governor Wolf signed a bill into law giving spousal abuse victims in Pennsylvania additional rights when pursuing a divorce. This law will become effective in the middle of June 2016. It has been said that, “this...more

Use Your Pretrial Conference to Help Avoid Going to Trial

Hi there, There are many stops on the road before a divorce trial takes place. If you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse still have disputes after your four way meeting, your next shot at settling the case is through a...more

Trust Planning for Your Lake Home

Part of your family legacy takes place on the lake. Lake homes are significant investments. You have memories of family trips, of children, and maybe even grandchildren, growing up at the home. Preserving the lake home and...more

Procedure for Divorce in the UAE Part Two

As we discussed last week, in accordance with the UAE’s Shariah law principles that regulate the arena of Family Law, certain procedures must be undertaken in order for a valid marriage contract to be terminated. For Muslims...more

What’s in a Name?

As Juliet stated to Romeo in Shakespeare’s tale of star crossed lovers, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Her statement emphasizes her love for Romeo as an individual, not...more

How to Protect Your Personal Treasure in a Legal Lockbox

When you are in a high-profile profession—doctor, attorney, business owner—you have a lot to lose. Being in your position, you are a high liability target for lawsuits and claims. No one wants to lose their...more

Procedure for Divorce in the UAE Part One

In accordance with the UAE’s Shariah law principles that regulate the arena of Family Law, certain procedures must be undertaken in order for a valid marriage contract to be terminated. For Muslims in the UAE, there are two...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19436 - Miller v. Appellate Court - When the appellant’s attorney kept missing deadlines and failed to comply with other Appellate Court rules in four pending appeals, one...more

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