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Do Durational Limits Apply to Cases That Were Resolved Before the Alimony Reform Act?

The Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision of George v. George provides guidance in applying the durational limits contained in the Alimony Reform Act....more

Was Prince Married? How Does Marriage Affect an Estate?

Several months after his death, a woman came forward claiming she was married to Prince and that she was the sole heir of the estimated $300 million estate. She additionally claimed to have possession of a will signed by...more

Taxes and Divorce

Divorce is tough. Even amicable divorces are financially and emotionally draining. The last thing you need is to have tax problems pop up as a result of divorce proceedings. To avoid such problems here’s a list of some top...more

The Uniform Trust Decanting Act's conflicting commentary

The texts of the myriad trust-related uniform statutes could be better coordinated and synchronized. So also could the official commentaries that accompany the myriad sections of the individual uniform statute. Take, for...more

A Post-Mortem, Spousal Surprise: Can My Husband Write Me Out of His Will?

Imagine this potentially devastating situation. Your spouse unexpectedly dies. You find his will and discover, shockingly, that he left everything to his adult son (or his mistress)! Is there anything you can do? This...more

Why Having A “Gifted” Child In NJ May Cost You More Child Support

The benefits of enrolling children in extracurricular activities are endless. Not only do they learn how to play a sport or musical instrument, but also soft skills and valuable life lessons, such as teamwork, the importance...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: A prior appeal in this case concluded that the defendant, former husband, was entitled to seek modification of alimony and support when he voluntarily moved from Florida to...more

Divorce, Nullity and Judicial Separation

Recognition of Foreign Marriages/Divorces - In order for a marriage contracted outside the UAE to be recognized, the marriage certificate should be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the...more

Talented child, higher child support obligation?

The rise of social media such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Tumblr has undoubtedly put a spotlight on talent. Today, more children than ever are getting their “big break” within minutes of parents posting a video...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Picking A Conservator: Speak Now Or The Court May Forever Hold Your Peace

Guardianships and conservatorships are seldom happy events. Despite whatever may have precipitated the need for financial or personal protection, there must be an attempt to respect the desires of the ward, if possible. ...more

Divorce Case Spanning Continents Spawns Discovery Sanctions For Company’s Failure To Produce Documents Physically Located Abroad

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s order compelling discovery and awarding contempt sanctions after a man refused to answer discovery requests and defied orders requiring production of documents in a divorce...more

Pitt/Jolie Ongoing Saga

On September 14, 2016, child abuse allegations were raised against Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt. The allegations were brought by Pitt’s now estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, the mother of his six children. ...more

Divorce in the United Arab Emirates

For Muslims in the UAE, divorce is the cancelling of the valid contract of marriage between the parties. The divorce can be commenced by the husband, or by the wife if her husband gave her the right to do so (Isma’) in the...more

Sharing The Holidays

As we approach the holiday season, clients often wonder how the first Christmas that the parties are separated will be handled, especially what will happen with the children. Will Santa Claus really visit both Mom and Dad’s...more

PA Supreme Court rules against grandparents in landmark custody rights case

A major Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision has tipped the scales against grandparents who attempt to seek custody of their grandchildren during a marital separation. The decision, handed down, ironically, just a day...more

Family Court Process

1. Statement of Claim - The statement of Claim is drafted by the Claimant or the lawyer. The statement of claim has to be in writing and in the Arabic language. The statement of claim should include the names of the...more

The public policy case against retroactively applying new trust law

The Supreme Court of Bermuda by statute amendment (Dec. 11, 2015) has been granted a power to declare that the rule against perpetuities shall not apply to a trust instrument executed before the amendment’s effective date,...more

Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects...more

New state law will cut divorce wait time in half

The anxiety, acrimony and expense of a no-fault divorce may diminish after a new state law takes effect in December. Act 102, signed by Gov. Wolf earlier this month, rolls back the waiting period for a divorce from two...more

Florida Mandated Reporter Law

This survey discusses only the mandated reporter statute in Florida. If your industry is governed by a state licensing agency, such as education or child care, then that agency likely has its own set of reporting...more

The Limits of What A Judge May Order to Stop Parents From Making False Allegations in Custody Battles

Sometimes the most contentious issue in a divorce is not how to divide the parties' cash or assets, but rather how custody will be decided....more

Validity of Pre and Post: Nuptial Agreements

What are the main jurisdictional requirements for the institution of proceedings in relation to divorce, property and children? There are a number of exceptions, but in general, the Courts of First Instance (the lowest...more

SJC Rules That a Biological Connection Is Not Required for Parentage

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled that a person may establish herself as a child’s presumptive parent without the need for a biological relationship to the child. The same-sex partner of a woman who...more

Update to the Pennsylvania ABLE Act

As originally referenced in a January 2015 blog post (Link to post), the Pennsylvania ABLE Act was enacted in April to provide people with disabilities and their families with a way to plan for a financially secure future...more

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