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Divorce

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.

Episode 013: Interview with Justice Carolyn E. Demarest (Ret.) on Business Divorce Litigation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

During her many years as Presiding Justice of the Brooklyn Commercial Division, New York Supreme Court Justice Carolyn E. Demarest (Ret.) decided some of the most important and challenging business divorce matters including...more

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Summertime Custody

by Cozen O'Connor on

Summertime and the living is easy, that is, except for those involved in a custody dispute. With relaxed schedules, vacations, camp, and changing activities, summertime custody can prove to be more difficult for parties to...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC38945 - Shook v. Bartholomew - AC38945 - Shook v. Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc. Defendants could not appeal plaintiff’s verdict in this motor vehicle accident...more

Bitcoin Redux With An Ethereal Twist

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We last wrote about Bitcoins in late March, 2014. The principal concern we expressed at that time was that these cryptocurrencies might form a refuge from financial disclosure in the typical divorce setting. The specifics of...more

Custody: Relocation and School Changes-plan Ahead

School placement for children during and after a divorce can be a very contentious topic between spouses. Addressing educational opportunities and placements for the children is a vital step in resolving custody and parenting...more

Estate Planning and Prenuptial Agreements: Tax Implications of Alimony

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

When contemplating marriage and estate planning, frequently, individuals will enter into prenuptial (premarital) agreements to address their rights and obligations during the marriage and in the event of a divorce or death. A...more

Estate planning during divorce: It’s never too early to start

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Estate plans prepared for married couples will vary in complexity and detail but generally follow the same theme: The revocable trust or will typically provides that upon the death of the first spouse, the surviving spouse...more

Equitable Distribution When the Trial Judge Gets it Right

It is not often in a complex equitable distribution case that we see a trial Judge’s fair and well-reasoned decision reversed on appeal. However, that is precisely what happened in the April 18, 2017 Court of Appeals case...more

Retroactive Application of Durational Limits is Constitutional – Practical · helpful · thoughtful

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

In the highly awaited decision of Van Arsdale v. Van Arsdale, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that application of the durational limits contained within the Alimony Reform Act to alimony agreements predating the Act is...more

How Does Remarriage Impact Wills and Inheritances?

Divorce and remarriage are common in the United States, and most legal professionals place these issues squarely within the family law realm. However, people who remarry should also carefully revisit their estate plan...more

Spouse Swapping Not Cool for Police Officers, Says the Fifth Circuit

Just how much can you regulate a public employee’s off-duty conduct? In an interesting and rather frank opinion, the Fifth Circuit found a sheriff’s department could regulate deputies’ private conduct pretty broadly. In...more

How Can The Answer Be No Before You Know What The Question Is?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We have all had those cases where any request that we made, big or small, has been rejected by the other side and any requests that our client has made to her/his spouse is similarly rejected. They don’t agree to informally...more

The Supreme Court - May 15, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348: Respondent Aleida Johnson filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in the Southern District of Alabama. Petitioner Midland Funding then filed a “proof of claim” in the Bankruptcy Court,...more

What are my Custodial Rights and Financial Responsibilities Toward my Eighteen Year Old Child?

In a few short weeks, many children will be graduating from high school and will embark upon the next chapter of their lives. Whether that choice includes college, trade school, or the work force, as a divorced parent, how...more

Supreme Court Decides Howell v. Howell

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Howell v. Howell, No. 15-1031, holding that where a veteran waives retirement pay to receive service-related disability benefits, federal law preempts state courts from ordering...more

Two Sides To The House Of Usher: Useful Tools for Child Support Advocacy

by McManis Faulkner on

Sometimes even a 60 percent drop in income isn’t enough. In In re Marriage of Usher (2016) 6 Cal.App.5th 347, the Second District Court of Appeal held that the reduced monthly income of Kinka Usher (“Kinka”) from...more

Wealth Management Update - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

May Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The May § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs...more

Is My Beloved Pet Just an Asset to be Divided?

Our dogs and cats are part of our family, right? They do not just represent property to be divided, right? Actually, in North Carolina, pets are considered property and as such our courts will divide your pets in the same...more

Modifying Spousal Maintenance in Arizona: Are Changed Circumstances Continuing?

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Perkins vs. Perkins, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the question of changed circumstances for the purposes of modifying a spousal maintenance order and what constituted ‘continuing’ (as opposed to...more

Waiver Of Year’s Support Through Post-Nuptial Agreement

by Bryan Cave on

Divorce should put an early end to the marriage vow of “’til death does us part.” But, when it comes to estate disputes, neither divorce nor death can part the path to the courthouse. ...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19375 - State v. Chyung - SC19375 Concurrence - State v. Chyung - SC19492 - State v. Bush - SC19492 Dissent - State v. Bush...more

Top 10 Tips for Social Media Use When Divorcing

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Hi there, Social media can become very problematic in a divorce case. Divorce lawyers, myself included, consider it a treasure trove of potentially useful information.We can obtain your online credentials and passwords in...more

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

Your Divorce Is Not a Community Event

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We live in an age of instant information where there is constant temptation to share what one is doing and thinking. We are used to sharing our experiences and thoughts freely. The temptation becomes even greater when we are...more

How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Divorce Case

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become...more

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