When Divorce and Domestic Violence Collide

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Written by James McLaren President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers While divorce remains one of the most challenging events that someone can experience, the unacceptable trauma of domestic violence can make the process truly devastating. According to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 32 percent of the attorneys responding have noticed an increase in domestic violence issues throughout the past five years, while only 6 percent have observed a decrease. Additionally, 36 percent … Read more »

The Positive Outcomes of Divorce

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  by Erika Boissiere For many, the word “divorce” conjures up negative thoughts and impressions. We gasp: “what about the kids? I thought they were happy? There go the holidays.” No one wants to be part of those statistics, but many of us are or will be. So, how do we surpass the social and psychological hurdles of this transition to realize the positive outcomes of a divorce? The decision to end your relationship and get divorced … Read more »

Can a Divorce Team Save You Money?

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by Win Heiskala Family Law Attorney in San Diego You made the very serious personal decision to terminate your marriage. This decision necessarily takes you to the procedure known as divorce (AKA Dissolution of Marriage in the Court). You found yourself an attorney who discusses the different processes with you that can be used to divide assets and debts, set a child sharing plan, and set support. You say, “We don’t want to go to court – we … Read more »

Stepmom Shouldn’t Rush Involvement in School Stuff

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Ex-Etiquette for Parents DR. JANN BLACKSTONE Syndicated Columnist Q: Six months ago I married a man who shares equal custody of his two children with their mother. I am happy to say I get along well with the kids, and they love me to go to their recitals, open house and parent-teacher conferences. I have read your column for years, so their dad and I are always careful to tell their mother in advance when I will be attending. She … Read more »

Premarital Agreements and the Young Couple

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April 6, 2015 by Linda J. Ravdin A premarital agreement is a legally binding contract between two people who intend to marry that determines the property rights of the surviving spouse upon the death of the first spouse and that may also determine property and support rights if the marriage ends in divorce. Not so long ago the typical person considering a premarital agreement was older, had been widowed or divorced and had children from a prior marriage for whom he … Read more »