Analysis of Oral Arguments in the Two Same-Sex Marriage Cases Before the Supreme Court
From a historical standpoint, women have been the stay-at-home moms; the underemployed or unemployed spouse in a marriage; and the lesser paid sex in the workforce (the latter is still largely true). These realities – the...more
In Tennessee, couples have two options: divorce or legal separation. Which option is best? The decision between divorce and legal separation depends on your personal situation....more
While the words prenuptial agreement can kill that pre-marriage romance, a prenup is smart financial planning. It is perhaps better thought of as a safety belt — when you ride in a car you don’t expect to get into an...more
Many couples hesitate to end their marriage for a variety of reasons – most of which are financial. So it may come as a surprise to couples who have reached the conclusion that it is time to end their marriage that they may...more
When we think of a wedding, we typically think about a joyous time - not about lawyers, meetings and arguments. Yet for many people, their wedding does involve these elements because they have chosen to enter a “prenuptial...more
After divorce, finding someone new is a common goal – but actually tying the knot again is not.
According to SmartMoney.com, fewer than half of divorced women and slightly more than half of divorced men are remarried –...more
The 2010 U.S. census shows that roughly 41 percent of children born in the United States are born out of wedlock. It may be completely obvious that you are the father of your child. However, if the child was born out of...more
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two same-sex marriage cases. The issue at hand is likely the biggest one to go before the Supreme Court this year and a landmark case in our nation’s history....more
News articles, social media, protests, and lunchroom conversation were all dedicated to the two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States could potentially transform...more
If Valentine’s Day results in the announcement of an engagement for one of your children, lawyers say it’s time to start thinking about how your own legal affairs are structured.
And while you’re at it, you may need to...more
Common Law Marriage, when it was abolished in MS, and when they are still recognized by the State....more
Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Hugh Hefner's Third Marriage
Hugh Hefner and girlfriend Crystal Harris got married for a third time on New Years Eve 2012. Hugh Hefner is best known for his Playboy empire And Harris is...more
Marriage and divorce change more than just your family circumstances; they can impact your estate planning and perhaps even the validity of certain portions of your Last Will and Testament. Do you know the effect of marriage...more
Under immigration law, Canadian citizens or permanent residents who marry or enter into a common-law relationships with someone outside of the country must prove their relationship is genuine and was not entered primarily for...more
In 2011, the United States Supreme Court held in Thompson v. North American Stainless that an employer may violate Title VII by retaliating against an employee who is related to a worker engaged in conduct protected by Title...more
Originally published in ABA JOURNAL - May 2012.
Consensus doesn't seem to have a place in policy discussions about the state of the U.S. immigration system. But there is, at least, widespread agreement that the system...more
Spouses of US citizens (USCs) and legal permanent residents (LPRs) (commonly referred to as “green card holders”) are entitled to seek permanent residence in most cases....more
Well, here we go again, another article from the divorce attorney about what to do to keep your marriage healthy, happy and terrific. After 25 years of working with people whose marriages have failed, here are some tips to...more
This article explains the potential legal pitfalls facing couples who live together and how to protect assets in the event of separation....more
The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (Public Act 096-1513), which took effect June 1, 2011, provides civil union partners in Illinois all of the legal rights and obligations to which opposite-sex...more
Discussion of the new Illinois law establishing Civil Unions. While this new legal status is welcomed by many, there are many unanswered questions about how the law will be implemented and what it will mean for opposite or...more
Report by the National Marriage Project concerning the effects of marriage on the wellbeing of children....more
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