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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2016 – While spousal support has traditionally been granted to women, men who seek alimony have not been as successful in obtaining such financial support from their ex-wives. Consider the following scenarios. A separation occurs between spouses in which the wife earns considerably more than her husband. Because of her greater income, she will be able to enjoy a higher standard of living following the divorce than he will. He may argue that he is entitled to spousal support. In another case, the wife is the breadwinner of the family while the husband […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – March has earned the nickname “Divorce Month” according to divorce trends over the past several years. December has historically had a lower number of divorce filings. Although couples may be thinking about divorce, they are often reluctant to break up during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year as they want to avoid additional stress during the expectation-laden holiday season. In addition, couples with children may choose to have one last holiday together as a family. “Although divorce can be painful and traumatic no matter when it occurs, for divorcing parents […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2016 – Toward the end of the year, many publications offer tips on how to survive the holiday season as divorced parents. Although such annual articles provide useful advice on holiday arrangements for children, divorcing parents should aim to develop effective co-parenting strategies that extend throughout the year. “The holiday season is a significant, emotional time of the year, but it is important to remember that co-parenting should sustain beyond Thanksgiving or Christmas,” said Gerald Maggio, a family law attorney in Orange County, California. “Parents have the responsibility of helping their children […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Late-life divorce, also called “silver” or “gray” divorce, is becoming more acceptable and common. However, divorce during senior years carries its own unique concerns and financial challenges. Researchers at the Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, found that although overall divorce rates in the United States are falling, people aged 50 and over are now twice as likely to undergo divorce in comparison to 1990. The study also indicated that one out of four divorces in 2010 occurred in that age group. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2016 – A divorce bully can be described as a partner who bullies their spouse during the divorce process. Such behavior may sometimes emerge when a relationship comes to an end even though there has been no previous history of it. Bullying can make the already stressful circumstances of divorce even more difficult. It may manifest in several forms, whether subtle or more aggressive. Some examples are when one spouse threatens to take custody of the children, hires a lawyer with the intention to intimidate, exhibits extreme control or coerces their partner […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2015 – Noncustodial parents may soon be able to spend more time with their children in light of recent consideration, on the part of almost two dozen states, of a reform of child custody law that would involve shared custody of children following divorce or separation. A press release from the National Parents Organization (NPO), which supports shared parenting in divorce, said that the states that are contemplating a reform of parental laws may give children what they really want and need, which is an equal amount of time with each parent in […]


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Santa Clara, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – The Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) today announced that Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, longtime experts in the field of special needs planning, will present an informative and timely seminar on January 25, 2016 at 6pm at the PACE School. The program is open to the community at large. Topics covered will include: – Update on the ABLE Act: a tax favored bank account to supplement Special Needs Trust planning – Five myths or misunderstandings about Special Needs Trusts and asset protection – The […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2015 – The importance of having a living will was revealed when former NBA star Lamar Odom was hospitalized, and it was reported that his wife, Khloe Kardashian, from whom he is estranged, still has power over his health care decisions. Although divorce papers were signed in July, they are considered to be married because the California Courts have not yet processed the divorce papers. This situation is not preferred because it is unlikely that Lamar wished to have Kardashian be the person in charge of making decisions concerning his health care. However, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – Adviatech, the parent company of law firm marketing brands SEO | Law Firm and Custom Legal Marketing (CLM), has merged their two core brands together to create CLM Grow. When Adviatech launched SEO | Law Firm in 2007, it quickly became the flagship brand of the online marketing company. In 2013, the company created Custom Legal Marketing as a spinoff of SEO | Law Firm’s Large Firm Marketing service. As the attorney website design and law firm marketing processes have evolved, the lines have blurred between the two services. SEO […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – The Harrisburg Pennsylvania law firm, Hazen Elder Law is now Hazen Law Group; a law firm that focuses on long-term care planning, guardianships, estate planning, asset protection, special needs planning and public benefits. The firm was founded by Marielle F. Hazen, and is considered to be one of the best law firms in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The new name represents the firm’s growing portfolio of services that fall outside of “elder law” such as special needs planning and trusts and veterans’ benefits. Among the services they […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2015 – Recent news stories about the structured settlement purchasing business in Maryland have cast a bad light on the industry. Settlement Capital, one of the founders of the structured settlement factoring business, and a founding member of the trade group National Association of Settlement Purchasers, stands out as the industry leader for best practices. In the press about Maryland some disturbing allegations have been made: that brain-damaged customers have been taken advantage of, and that “Independent Professional Advisors” have been misused. These allegations have led to a movement to change the laws […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – There has been considerable debate about the type of custody arrangement that works best for the children of divorcing parents. According to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, kids fare better when they are able to split their time between both of their divorced parents. Current thinking prioritizes stability when it comes to the healthy development of children. However, the study’s findings challenge assumptions that kids in shared custody arrangements experience more stress due to the social upheaval and unpredictability that comes […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’ Family Law Attorney Michael Ian Bender as one of the state’s 10 “Best Family Law Attorneys” for client satisfaction in 2015. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2015 – The first divorce mediation session can be nerve-wracking due to uncertainty about what to expect and how the other party will behave. Being prepared with a detailed plan will ensures a smooth transition through the mediation process to life after divorce. A recent online survey of divorcing couples by divorce preparation website completecase.com shows that Vermont tops the list for easy, amicable divorces in the United States. Divorce in California was found to be pleasantly cordial, where couples part ways with minimal hostility. “Communication and cooperation are essential for an […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2015 – In a courtroom in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, over which Judge Harry Smail presides, state law is no longer in favor of grandparents who are trying to obtain the right to visit their grandchildren. According to the Grandparent’s Visitation Act, grandparents can contend that they receive partial custody of their grandchildren if the parents have been separated for a minimum of six months. Judge Smail states that a portion of the law is unconstitutional. Professor Harry Gruener of the University of Pittsburgh’s family law clinic states that Judge Smail has taken a […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2015 – Taking “divorce selfies” is becoming increasingly popular among divorcing couples. The trend signals a shift to more amicable splits for the sake of the children involved and encourages a healthy approach to what can be a stressful, emotional process. Canadian couple Shannon and Chris Neuman filed for divorce at a Calgary, Alberta, courthouse on Aug. 27. They took a selfie together afterwards and posted it on social media to commemorate the end to their 11-year marriage. The photo has been shared more than 36,000 times on Facebook since then. “By […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 12, 2015 – In a continuing feud over who is responsible for paying the taxes on Tom Clancy’s $86 million estate, the judge ruled that the famous author’s widow could avoid making such payments. The majority of Clancy’s estate is from a 12 percent ownership stake in the Baltimore Orioles and consists of a unique World War II tank. When the tax bill was initially due, Alexandra Clancy filed a lawsuit alleging that Mr. Clancy changed his will just prior to his demise in order to make certain that her inheritance was within the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2015 – There was recently a family law case that arose in Michigan in which a family court judge directed three siblings to go to juvenile detention because they chose to visit their father, from whom they were alienated. The children’s parents divorced five years ago, and have since been engaged in a custody battle. Judge Lisa Gorcyca presided over the case, and on June 24th, she held that the children, who were ages nine to 15, were in contempt for having disobeyed her order to have a healthy relationship with their father. […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2015 – A new study has identified a shift in divorce trends, saying that people have the best chances of staying married if they wed between the ages of 25 and 32. The risk of divorce increases by five percent each year past the age of 32. University of Utah sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger examined data from the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2010 and found that the odds of divorce decline steadily from the teenage years into the late twenties. However, couples who delay marriage until they are in […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2015 – The recent death of Bobbi Kristina Brown has generated much interest in who will inherit the estate left to her by her mother, Whitney Houston. Ms. Brown, the sole child and heir of Whitney Houston, died at the age of 22 on July 26, 2015. She died six months after being discovered unresponsive in a bathtub in her home in Georgia. According to Houston’s will, her entire estate was left to Ms. Brown in a spendthrift trust, which is a trust that restricts the beneficiary’s access to the principal of the […]


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