Divorce Marriage

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.
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The Roles They Play

Spouses, either consciously or unconsciously, take on certain roles in marriages, whether by choice, by default or by virtue of a personality trait. Common examples are the roles of the breadwinner and caretaker of the...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Overview

Many couples who could not marry now can. The United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges framed the issue of the fundamental right to marry and the choice to commit to and intimately associate with the...more

3 Steps to Make the Divorce Process as Painless as Possible

1. Speak with an attorney first. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, complicated legal issues, separate and apart from just the dissolution of the marriage are implicated. It is a very...more

A Nationwide Right: Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in a Monumental Decision and its Impact on Estate Planning

June 26, 2015. A date that will undoubtedly be added to our history books and remembered for generations. This is because on this day, the Supreme Court of the United States guaranteed the right to same-sex marriage...more

Family Law: Special Considerations When Representing Professional Athletes

While we await news of Tom Brady's Deflate-Gate appeal, the National Basketball Association playoffs coming up fast, and the latest hints that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian may not follow through with their divorce after...more

Protecting your Business from a Lack of “Wedded Bliss”

Richard and Rachel Rich married 30 years ago and enjoyed a tempestuous union ever since. One year prior to their marriage, Richard started up a small computer products company, Orange Computers....more

Is Your Debt Destroying Your Marriage?

The #1 thing married couples fight about is money. In fact, in a recent study conducted by Money Magazine, 70% of married couples argue about finances – more than household chores, togetherness, sex, snoring, and what’s for...more

Family Law Newsletter - May 2014

In This Issue: - Marriage, Divorce & Your Business - New Child Support Guidelines Under Virginia Code Section 20 108.2: What Do They Mean for You? - Moving Out of the Marital Home - Should You Stay or...more

The Seven-Year Itch: Fact or Fiction?

“Is there really such a thing as the seven-year itch?” Family law attorneys are asked this question all the time. The catch-phrase is commonly used by psychologists to refer to a declining interest in remaining married after...more

The Marriage Diet

Did you know that marriage can keep you thin? I call it the marriage diet. For if you have a lifestyle clause in your prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you may have contracted to keep your weight at a certain level,...more

Grey Marriage + Grey Divorce = Financial Elder Abuse?

The phenomenon of “grey divorce”- the term referring to the demographic trend of an increasing divorce rate for older (“grey haired”) couples – has been in the news since 2013, when Bowling Green State University in Ohio...more

2014 New Family Laws

Some years, family law is chock full of new laws both from the courts and from the legislature. But, not this year; 2013 was more of a blip than a bang for family law. Here are some of the highlights of the more interesting...more

Popping The Question: How To Propose A Prenuptial Agreement To Your Partner

For those who’ve kept up with the Kardashians, you’re aware that there’s trouble in “Khlodom” (i.e. the marriage between reality-TV star Khloe Kardashian and her basketball playing hubby, Lamar Odom). On Friday, December 13,...more

Beware of Entering into Business with your Spouse

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Maryland, recently rendered a tax decision noteworthy to all married couples who participate in their business together. The case, Johnson v. U.S., decided November 5,...more

What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's family law attorney Jason Castle discusses what a petition for dissolution of marriage is and what it means to serve the petition when going through divorce....more

How Long Will My Divorce Take in Maricopa County?

The length of a divorce proceeding in Maricopa County is dependent on several factors. The first factor is dependent on the spouses. The increased conflict and animosity between spouses, along with attachment to...more

A Quick Reference Guide to Preparing for a Divorce

It’s hard to dismantle and disentangle a shared life. Fear and anxiety about divorce, the legal process and personal transition, frequently keep people in marriages that are abusive, plagued by infidelity, or fraught with...more

Divorce Court Bullying

Bullying, as defined by Wikipedia, is “the use of force or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or to aggressively impose a certain type of domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” We have heard about...more

Marriage, Divorce and Your Business

If you own a business, or any asset for that matter, and you intend to marry or divorce, you need to read this. Virginia is not a community property state. But it is an equitable distribution state. What does that...more

Are You (or Your Spouse) Legally Competent to Divorce?

Many people joke that all people getting divorced have temporary diminished capacity because it is during divorce that we often see otherwise confident, smart and successful people engage in foolish behaviors. But, putting...more

Tax Issues When Dividing Marital Property Pursuant to a Divorce: Part 1

I’ve written before about the emotional roller coaster that can come along when it’s time to divide assets during the divorce process. Today my colleague Jen Green offers the first of several tax rules – and their...more

Life Insurance After Divorce

During marriage, a very typical scenario is for spouses to name each other as the beneficiary to each person’s individual life insurance policy. Once a divorce is commenced, a beneficiary designation cannot be changed until...more

Could You, Would You?

I have seen many people do many things for varying reasons when faced with a hotly contested divorce or child custody matter. Unless you ever confront such a difficult situation, some of the things people do may seem...more

Why Arizona Business Owners Need A Premarital Agreement

Arizona is a community property state which means all property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is, by statute, presumed to be community property. ...more

Tips to an Expensive Divorce

Wikipedia defines reverse psychology as “a technique involving the advocacy of a belief or behavior that is opposite to the one desired, with the expectation that this approach will encourage the subject of the persuasion to...more

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