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Financial Tips for Divorce

Researchers estimate that up to 50% of first marriages in the United States will end in divorce. For second and subsequent marriages, the divorce rate only increases. Why so many divorces in the 21st ...
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What Should I Do With My Rings After the Divorce?

When couples file for divorce, some of them continue wearing their wedding band until the divorce is final, while others can't slip their rings off fast enough. While it's been custom to ...
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Are You Thinking About Stepparent Adoption?

If you are thinking about adopting your stepchild, then your stepson or stepdaughter is very lucky to have you indeed. Adopting a stepchild is a lifelong responsibility and commitment, one that's ...
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What You Should Know About Child Custody

If you are getting a divorce and you have minor children with your spouse, you will want to learn all about your state's laws regarding child custody. While each state has enacted its own laws ...
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What it Means to Become a ‘Guardian’

When it comes to caring for a child, different legal terms come into play, such as child custody, visitation, adoption, foster parenting, and guardianship. For the purposes of this post, we are going ...
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Rights of Unwed Fathers

In today's society, more and more children are being born out of wedlock and this raises questions about a father's parental rights. If you are an unmarried father, you may be wondering about ...
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Is it Illegal for Step-Siblings to Marry?

This topic may seem taboo, but ask any family therapist and you'll learn that they've been approached about this subject for years. When therapists bring it up, people think they're crazy ...
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Legally Separated, But Not Divorced

Divorce, separation, legal separation – they don't all mean the same things. Sometimes a married couple will say that they are "separated" because one spouse moved out of the home, ...
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Dividing Property by Equitable Distribution

When people are headed for divorce, their foremost concerns revolve around child custody and property division. If you file for divorce, you will want to know which system your state uses to divide ...
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Can Spousal Support Be Changed?

When couples divorce, they will consider whether alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, should be awarded. Each couple's financial situation is different, so the courts do not take ...
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How Cohabitation Affects Alimony

Each state enacted its own laws about alimony, otherwise known as spousal support or maintenance, but as a general rule, spouses are expected to financially support each other, and this obligation may ...
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Divorce: Should You Move Out?

During a divorce, there are certainly steps that you should take and ones that you should not take. Take the marital home for example: If you're like most couples, it's the largest asset of ...
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Community Property States

In regards to property division in a divorce, each state either follows the equitable division or community property model. In the United States, the equitable division model is more common, however, ...
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Does the End of Summer Trigger Divorce?

There is something about the summer and the holidays that cause spouses, particularly spouses with children, to put their divorce plans on the backburner. Often, people will decide to put off their ...
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Can I Move Away With My Kids?

Once a couple divorces, their lives change in many ways. Five years after a divorce, their lives may not even resemble what they were like during the marriage, and that's common in families. After ...
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About Stepparent Adoptions

On television and in film, we often hear about a child being adopted abroad, or about a young unwed mother putting her child up for adoption. While these types of adoptions do occur, many people do ...
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What Rights Does a Father Have?

In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, family courts were fairly traditional when it came to child custody. In the event of divorce, the mother would usually get the children and the father would have ...
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Understanding ‘Community Property’

In the United States, there are two methods for dividing spouses' property during a divorce: equitable distribution and community property. In effect, a state is either an equitable distribution ...
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Consequences of Not Paying Child Support

The family courts take child support very seriously and if a parent fails to keep up on their payments, it can result in serious consequences. Often, people do not realize how serious the courts can ...
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Reasons for Establishing Paternity

To "establish paternity" means to establish who a child's legal father is. While the laws vary slightly from state-to-state, paternity laws are not that different across the country. ...
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