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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Civilized Divorce through Mediation
This is the time of year when newly separated parents have to figure out how to handle time with the kids during Christmas and winter vacation. Even if this isn’t your first Christmas as a divorced family, there are still...more
In some situations, matters need to be settled in court, but the vast majority of divorces in California are resolved through a mutual agreement between the parties. Ideally, these agreements are formed through...more
If you’re filing for a divorce in Florida, you’ll quickly become familiar with the term equitable distribution. What is equitable distribution and how does it work under state law? In short, you and your spouse or partner...more
Following a divorce, you should carefully review your estate plan to ensure that your former spouse will not receive any unintended distributions from your estate. Unless otherwise required by the terms of the divorce, you...more
Many universities have standard patent assignment agreements that assign inventions of a university employee to the university. But what if the inventor is married? Or, what if the inventor marries during his or her...more
When you met her during drop-off at your children's school she seemed like such a modest woman, hair pulled back in a pony tail as she kissed her kid goodbye at the classroom door. You never would have guessed what she and...more
When you divorce in California, all of your marital assets are divided equally between you and your spouse. The statute of community property applies to all assets acquired during the course of the marriage. Assets such as...more
Both parties in a Florida divorce proceeding are required to disclose their financial records preliminary to a decision on equitable distribution of marital property. In some cases, a spouse may fail to make a full report,...more
One of the more important issues in a divorce proceeding is identifying and dividing community and separate property. The task of asset identification and location may have been made both easier and more complex at the same...more
Attorneys often encounter situations in which someone makes a will or designates a beneficiary naming their spouse as the heir or beneficiary, separates from their spouse, fails to make changes to their will or beneficiary...more
When minor (under age 18) children are part of a dissolving marriage, their care is typically a top concern for divorcing parents. In California, arrangement for their care is known as a parenting plan, or sometimes a custody...more
Mediation is not a miracle cure for all divorce disagreements, but with the right preparation, it can be an effective method for reaching a fair, mutually agreeable settlement. Do not let common misconceptions make you...more
Social trends usually move ahead of the government. And when it comes to how child custody is written into a divorce agreement, California lags surprisingly behind many other states....more
A range of professionals including sociologists, demographers and public health officials recently attended the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, a group that studies trends in American society. During...more
Under Florida divorce law, marital assets are subject to equitable distribution, while non-marital property is not. In many cases, it is not difficult to distinguish between the two types of assets, but there are instances...more
Plan sponsors should consider whether they need to make certain plan amendments or provide certain plan notices prior to the end of the year.
The end of the year marks the deadline by which sponsors of qualified...more
When family relationships become complicated by divorce or the death of a parent, there are sometimes disagreements about who should be allowed to visit with the minor children involved. A case in the California Court of...more
It’s nearly the holidays and many divorcing and separating parents are still in conflict about how to share the holidays with their children. Holidays are supposed to be joyous, but no matter what, the children will feel...more
The holidays can be a hectic time for any family. There is stress related to throwing the perfect party, associating with that challenging family member, and buying your child the perfect gift.
Divorcing parents may...more
Many people do not realize how complicated their finances are until they start divorce proceedings. Assets such as stock options, real estate, business interests or an executive-level compensation package can involve...more
Child support is a separate issue from parenting plans, which concern child custody and visitation. On one hand, a parent who has not been receiving the child support payments to which he or she is entitled is not legally...more
Why choose mediation?
If you and your spouse are approaching divorce, you may be wondering how to avoid the contentious disputes that often mar whatever good memories exist of a relationship. The traditional divorce...more
A couple of years ago I posted a blog entitled, You Have the Right to Speak Your Mind About Your Spouse, But is It a Good Idea? The post addressed the constitutional rights of a divorced husband to create a website dedicated...more
In a divorce proceeding, family court always awards the mother a lot more time with the kids and makes the father pay a lot more support. This is one of the most persistent myths about divorce, and it often distorts the...more
Our previews of the latest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket continue with In re Marriage of Tiballi. Tiballi poses the following issue: when a parent voluntarily dismisses a petition to change custody,...more