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Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.

Accidental Disinheritance: Update Wills, Estate Plans Annually

by Lewitt Hackman on

So you have an estate plan? Good for you. You funded it? Even better. But have you updated it and your will in the last year? If you haven’t, your loved ones or favorite charities may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Your...more

How To Protect Yourself Before A Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

As a divorce lawyer, I have met with countless clients who claim they were blindsided by a divorce. While they may have seen signs that something was wrong in the marriage, they chose to ignore them hoping that things would...more

Alert: Never "Got Around" to Signing Your Pre-Nup? It May Not Be Too Late!

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Many couples consider (or should consider) signing a prenuptial agreement before they are married, but avoid raising the issue or resist the idea. They may fear a negative reaction by their intended, or the couple is “so in...more

Lessons to be Learned From the Power of Attorney

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Powers of attorney and trust instruments have each been the subject of many an estate plan. They each have also been the subject of multiple estate litigations. In combination, the two have served as fodder for controversies...more

Courts Have Authority To Dissolve Civil Unions Under Pennsylvania Divorce Code

Prior to the December, 2016 Neyman vs. Buckley decision, couples who were joined in civil unions had difficulty dissolving their union in Pennsylvania. When Neyman filed a divorce complaint to dissolve her civil union in...more

Estate Tax Impact of Life Insurance Required by Divorce

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Please see chart below for more information....more

Finance Capital Property

by Hassan Elhais on

What powers does the court have to allocate financial resources and property on the breakdown of marriage? The court will not automatically consider the financial position of a separating couple unless an application is...more

Update Beneficiary Designations After Divorce or Annulment

by Carlton Fields on

On July 1, 2015, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal held, with a few exceptions, upon entry of a final judgment of dissolution or annulment, any provision of a will that “affects” a former spouse is void under...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Divorce in the United Arab Emirates

by Hassan Elhais on

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

New state law will cut divorce wait time in half

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

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

Validity of Pre and Post: Nuptial Agreements

by Hassan Elhais on

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

Special Conditions in the Marriage Contract

by Hassan Elhais on

Marriage contracts usually take a standard format, however special conditions may be added into marriage contracts. Such special conditions can provide different rights to either of the parties, but we have seen a prevalence...more

What We Can Learn From the Brangelina Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

I was asked to comment on television about the hottest news, the Brangelina divorce. If you haven’t heard, another celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing after 2 years of marriage and twelve years of...more

Adultery is a Serious Breach of UAE Criminal Law

by Hassan Elhais on

There are some common misconceptions that expatriates have about UAE family laws. Hassan Elhais, a Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, clears the misunderstandings. If the wife applies for a...more

Jurisdiction and Conflict of Law

by Hassan Elhais on

1. Sources of Law - 1.1 What is the primary source of law in relation to the breakdown of marriage and the welfare of children within the jurisdiction? Dubai is one ‘Emirate’ within the ‘United Arab Emirates’....more

For Love or Money: Considering Prenuptial Agreements

The question of prenuptial agreements comes up often in multi-generational family- owned businesses. The question is typically raised by mom or dad, or maybe grandmother or grandfather, and goes something like: “We’re all...more

Spouses Need to Exercise Care in Transferring Property between Them When Subject to a Marital Agreement [Florida]

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Many prenuptial and postnuptial agreements provide for a class of property known as Separate Property. Such Separate Property will often not be subject to claim by or transfer to the non-owning spouse upon death or divorce....more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19496 - Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities v. Echo Hose Ambulance - The issue of this case was whether or not an unpaid volunteer, in this case for an ambulance...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- August 2016

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On August 4, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, 2016 Mass. LEXIS 591, reversing an Appeals Court decision that had been a hot topic of discussion among...more

Terminated: A Marriage’s End Should Not Lead to Employment’s End

by Lewitt Hackman on

Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Robert Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) that an employer cannot terminate an employee for separating or divorcing – the processes of which apparently falls under the...more

Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Property In A Multi-State Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

In our increasingly mobile society, it is not uncommon for couples to relocate numerous times throughout their marriage and acquire property and assets in different states. When a divorce dissolves the marriage and forces a...more

Divorce and K1 Adjustment of Status

by Ronald Shapiro on

Recipients of a fiancé visa, officially known as a K-1 visa are required to marry only their United States’ citizen petitioner. After the marriage, the foreign citizen must then file for an adjustment of status within 90 days...more

How Much is a Fifteen Month Marriage Worth? (Depp and Heard Divorce)

It appears Johnny Depp’s marriage to actress, Amber Heard, will soon end in divorce. Heard recently filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences,” a mere fifteen months after she exchanged wedding vows with Depp....more

Making The Divorce Process Easier For Victims Of Spousal Abuse

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

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