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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2015 – Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits” walked from courthouse to bridge to toss her wedding ring into the river. Bridges are made to span the gap between two sides of a divide, and they are not normally associated with the creation of any division. But one bridge, a 105-year-old span over the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, that has long been linked to newly divorced women through photography and film, has been scheduled for demolition. The span, which is officially called the Virginia Street Bridge, but is also known as the “Wedding […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Women agreed to collaborative divorce, sought legal declaration dissolving their marriage. Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal on May 29 granted a divorce to a lesbian couple in Tampa. The appeals court decision overturned a Hillsborough County circuit judge’s order from one year before that denied the two women, Keiba Lynn Shaw and Mariama Changamire Shaw, the divorce they were seeking. Circuit Judge Laurel M. Lee initiated the Shaws’ long wait for a divorce when she ruled in 2014 that the two women, who had married in Massachusetts, could not end […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2015 – The use of evidence from smartphones and other wireless gadgets during divorce proceedings has increased over the past three years, according to 97 percent of the lawyers surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Among the types of evidence gathered, 46 percent consisted of text messages, while 30 percent were emails and 12 percent were call logs and phone numbers. App data, Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and more were also used. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, “It is a good idea to monitor your behavior on social media. […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – A divorced father in Huntington Beach, California, is calling for an overhaul of alimony laws, saying they are archaic and used unfairly by divorcing spouses to extract more money from their partners. Businessman Steve Clark has claimed that current alimony laws were drafted when most women did not work. Women now comprise nearly half of the work force in the United States. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the payment one spouse makes to another after a divorce, based on a court decision or an agreement between the couple. […]


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Eugene, OR (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2015 – The Register Guard‘s readers voted Arnold Law Eugene, Oregon’s best law firm. The Register-Guard newspaper is read by 66 percent of all adults in Lane County, either in print or online. With Lane County with a population of over 356,000 and over 1000 lawyers, the competition among law firms is strong. By Eugene standards, Arnold Law is a “medium-sized” law firm of nine lawyers. It would be a small firm by Portland standards. But having only existed since 2002, Arnold Law is proud of its Oregon lawyers’ rise in prominence. In […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2015 – The recent historic Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality across the U.S. has far-reaching implications, including access to claims and benefits by same-sex married victims. Married gay and lesbian couples currently have equal protection under state laws that safeguard tort victims. The personal injury Lawyers of Chalik & Chalik stated, “This new ruling will ensure that same-sex married victims have the same access to claims and benefits as heterosexual married victims, and will therefore receive equal treatment and protection under the law.” Prior to this landmark decision, same-sex unmarried couples did […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2015 – Largely GOP-backed measure includes retention of ‘stepped-up basis’ on capital gains. The House of Representatives on April 16 voted largely along party lines to repeal the estate tax. Seven Democrats joined 233 Republicans voting in favor of the repeal, while only three Republicans aligned with 176 Democrats against the repeal in the GOP-controlled House. The roll call on the estate tax was the first time in a decade that the lower chamber of Congress supported an end to what Republicans have called the “death tax.” But unlike the previous House vote […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Pact would enforce judgments across international borders, facilitate tracking of scofflaws. State capitals are not usually associated with the fate of international treaties. But the fate of an important international treaty on child support hangs in the balance after a key legislative committee in Boise, Idaho, voted on April 10 to reject the measure that must be passed by all 50 state legislatures in order for the U.S. ratification process to proceed. With only hours left in the state Legislature’s session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted 9-8 to […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2015 – In a recent high-profile divorce, former “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson received $1 million in her settlement with poker player Rick Salomon. The ex-couple, who announced their marriage in January 2014, released a joint statement. “Public divorces can be harsh and cruel — we apologize to our families and friends for any hurt and embarrassment we have caused — we have come to an amicable agreement and are moving on,” they said. Celebrity splits, including this one, tend to involve prolonged litigated battles in which money matters take center stage more […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2015 – Attorneys from Gilfix and La Poll will appear on NBC’s “Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa” this weekend. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will discuss how best to provide for those with special needs in the Bay Area’s Asian community. “We are happy to have the opportunity to reach out to local families and talk about their needs and the options available to them,” said Mark Gilfix. “Our message is, “Proper planning is vital, and help is available,” and we’re excited to be able to share it on this program.” […]


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Chicago, IL(Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2015 – According to the Department of Children and Family Services, an Illinois child dies of abuse or neglect every three days. Michael Ian Bender, a retired Judge of the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County and now a family law attorney, continues his work to eliminate child abuse in Illinois. Having presided over thousands of cases involving child abuse or custody and support as a former judge, Bender continues to protect the rights of children through legal advocacy and offender education. “Whether it’s a respected local authority figure or an all-star national athlete […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – Attorney Mark Gilfix will appear on the KTVU FOX Channel 2 show, “Bay Area People” to offer insights on key steps parents should follow to plan for their children’s future. The show will air Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.   The  show will focus on the challenges that special needs children and their families face, and will discuss the powerful planning options available to them.   Mark Gilfix will appear as special guest to discuss these issues. His Palo Alto law firm, Gilfix & La Poll Associates specializes […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – Divorce is notably less prevalent now than it was 20 to 30 years ago. The percentage of lasting marriages has been rising in the general population of the United States, particularly among couples who have wed since the 1990s. And on March 4, the Defense Department announced that military divorces, too, have become less common. In 2014, the number of such breakups dropped to their lowest point since 2005. The Pentagon reported that 3.1 percent of married officers and enlisted service members had divorced by the end of 2014 – a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – A woman from the Richmond area was recently ordered to pay spousal support to her husband, a man who had attacked her with a hammer and who was later convicted of a felony. Her experience prompted a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that suggested prohibiting courts from awarding alimony to a spouse who has been convicted of domestic violence. But that measure died in a House of Delegates committee on February 10. Del. Christopher Peace, R-Mechanicsville, sponsored House Bill 2105, which died in the House Courts of Justice Committee. […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – Early this year, Forbes published an article encouraging those who cannot afford the cost of divorce litigation to consider turning to financing firms that specialize in divorce litigation. But according to divorce mediator Gerald Maggio, the existence of these firms simply underscores the spiraling costs of divorce litigation, and he notes that the financing process is not often appropriate for American couples. “The cost of litigated divorce has gotten out of control,” said Maggio, who practices in Orange County, California. “Although most individuals involved in a litigated divorce face attorneys’ […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – As tax season approaches, Forbes and other financial publications have begun publishing tax tips for the nearly-divorced and newly-divorced. Family law attorney Gerald Maggio says that while these annual articles often do an excellent job helping those with a finalized divorce understand their options, those still in the middle of a divorce are often left needing more guidance. “These articles often fail to fully explain the ramifications of the filing choices that are open to still-married individuals,” said Maggio. “Those in the midst of a divorce should take the time […]


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Ontario, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – The California trust, estate, and probate litigation and planning law firm of Albertson & Davidson is teaming up with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) to sponsor the first annual Southern California Women’s Conference presented by the California Leader & Entrepreneurs Organization (CLEO). The conference, titled “Living Your Best Professional Self – Happy Professionals, Happy Women,” takes place on April 20, 2015 and is slated to provide attendees an opportunity to learn from the experiences of female professionals in a variety of fields and share their experiences and knowledge with one […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – Conservation easements played a major role in the estate planning of Mellon family parcels for sale. Several key pieces of real estate were among the marquee items in the estate of the late Listerine heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who died in March 2014 at the age of 103. One of them, a 100-acre estate in Nantucket, Massachusetts, sold for $21.5 million on December 18. As in the case of the Virginian’s other properties for sale, estate-planning-relevant conservation restrictions were attached to the island property. The Bunny Mellon property made headlines in […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2015 – One of the little-known benefits of divorce mediation is the ability it gives couples to plan for future taxes, says Gerald Maggio, a California divorce mediator.   A recent article on Fox Business pointed out that divorced couples who do not communicate clearly about taxes can end up with rejected returns, audits and tax penalties. “Tax rules are already complicated, and a divorce can complicate them further,” commented Maggio. “Too little communication too late can create major problems.” According to Fox Business, divorced or separated parents must agree which parent […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2015 – The state of Mississippi does not recognize same-sex marriages. A divorce case before that state’s Supreme Court may change the national marital landscape. In 2013, a Mississippi County Chancery Judge ruled the state’s constitution and statutes forbade him from granting a divorce to a same-sex couple. The women were married in California in 2008, and could have obtained a divorce in that state. However, they moved to Mississippi to buy a home and ended up going their separate ways in 2010. The foundation of the argument before the Supreme Court […]


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