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Less Divorces Attributed to Less Marriages

The oft-cited divorce rate in the United States is said to hover around 50%, but new research indicates that this may no longer be the case. In fact, the divorce rate may be dropping, in part due to ...
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What Factors Lead to Divorce?

No one gets married with the intention to divorce, but there are some factors that affect the divorce rate more than others. Looking at a number of factors, one blogger pieced together some diversity, ...
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Dividing Real Property in California Divorce

California is a community property state, which means that all property is equally owned in a marriage. No matter which spouse earned the income that purchased the property, or which spouse owns the ...
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Financial Affidavits Are Important in Divorce

One of the unknown side-effects of getting a divorce is having your finances raked over with a fine tooth comb by the attorneys in the case. When this information is presented to the court, it must be ...
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Is a Mortgage Right For You Following Divorce?

Getting a mortgage following a divorce can be difficult since you are in a very different financial situation than before. But when your former spouse gets to remain in the family home following the ...
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What to Do If Child Protective Services Is Called

It can be a nightmare for any family if Child Protective Services (CPS) comes knocking on your door. The purpose of CPS is to protect children from abuse and neglect at the hands of family members and ...
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Summary Dissolution Can End a Domestic Partnership

California provides the option for same-sex couples and some opposite-sex couples to enter into a legal agreement with one another known as a domestic partnership. Those in domestic partnerships are ...
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Common Legal Mistakes During Divorce

While it is easy for someone to get caught up in the emotional aspects of their divorce, it is important to remember that at the core of it, divorce is a legal standing. Since it is such an emotional ...
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Experts That Can Help Determine Child Custody

While children have the least to do with the decision to divorce, they are often the ones most affected. When battling with the other parent over child custody, visitation, and support matters, it is ...
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Gray Divorce Is On the Rise

While divorce rates for younger generations have stabilized, it seems as though "later in life" divorces are becoming more common. Research shows that since 1990, the divorce rate for ...
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What is a Temporary Divorce Order?

Getting a divorce can take significantly longer than any person wants, and because of this, can leave some very important decisions hanging in limbo. Details such as child support and visitation, ...
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How Facebook Activity Affects Marriage

Studies have shown that excessive Facebook usage and activity has been linked to conflicts within a relationship. Not only can Facebook be used to easily reconnect with former friends and partners, ...
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Divorce Hinges on Legal Technicality

A New Jersey couple with assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars are facing a court decision that hangs on a technicality over the date of their wedding and the date the marriage license was ...
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Study Examines Effect of Income on Divorce

A recent study suggests that children from higher-income families are hit harder by divorce than those from lower-income families. Research from the University of Chicago and Georgetown University ...
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New California Law Empowers Victims of Domestic Violence

A new California law is making it easier for those who have been a victim of domestic violence to get away from their abuser and begin a life for themselves, specifically undocumented immigrants. ...
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California Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages on Birth Certificates

California is currently one of 19 states that allow same-sex marriage. While the history of same-sex marriage in the state is tumultuous, on June 28, 2013, the decision to ban same-sex marriage was ...
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Step-Parent Visitation Rights in California

A surprising scenario is becoming more and more popular as divorce rates in the United States rise. Step-parents are more frequently pushing for visitation rights. While it may seem like they should ...
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Domestic Violence is Grounds for Divorce

When Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice was caught on camera knocking out and dragging his unconscious wife out of an Atlantic City elevator in February, the country responded with outrage. Rice ...
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Divorce & Adoptions

Couples that have adopted a child are not immune from experiecing divorce. If a divorce is happening after the decision to adopt a child has been made, there are some concerns that the adoptive ...
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California Seeks to Update Family Law

California Seeks to Update Family Law With nontraditional family units becoming more and more common, California lawmakers are seeking to make changes to family law and parental rights to reflect the ...
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The Difference Between Annulment & Divorce

An annulment is a statement from the court that determines that the marriage was never legally valid. An annulment makes it so the marriage never happened, essentially voiding any legal partnership. ...
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What Traits should my Divorce Attorney Possess?

When you are preparing to file for divorce, there are a number of admirable characteristics you should look for before determining the attorney that will represent you. Your lawyer should have the ...
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Child Custody in Contested Divorce-How is it Determined?

Divorce is one of the most emotionally draining legal processes to have to work through. When the separating spouses are unable to come to an agreement on important matters, the process can become ...
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Transitioning from a One Household to Two Household Budget after Divorce

Going through divorce can be one of the most emotionally draining legal processes to navigate through. Since many people's main concern is the actual act of ending their marriage, they do not ...
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Will Cohabitating before Marriage Increase my Chances of Divorce?

Whether or not living together with your future spouse before marriage is a good idea is a common debate amongst many people. Many couples believe that living together before marriage is the practical ...
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