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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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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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Multi-billionaire Harold Hamm is making the case that passive factors led to the acquisition of wealth during his former marriage — and that his ex-wife is therefore entitled to less of the oil fortune than originally determined. In November, one of the largest divorce cases in U.S. history seemingly concluded when an Oklahoma court ordered oil kingpin Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion. At the time, Hamm, who was estimated to have a personal fortune of $19 billion, called the ruling “fair and equitable” and declared himself happy […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – The National Parents Organization (NPO) gave California a “D” in a recently released report card on the state of shared parenting in child custody arrangements across the United States. According to Orange County divorce mediator Gerald Maggio, the grade is not a reflection on California’s parents, but on California’s divorce courts. “This report looks at legal statutes and judicial practices in each state to determine how favorable the court system is to shared parenting in child custody cases,” said Maggio of California Divorce Mediators. “In California courts, child custody decisions […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – Recently, the divorce of an older Midwestern couple made headlines as the spouses waged a high-profile legal battle in court over a multi-billion dollar fortune amassed during a 26-year marriage. But that case is an anomaly. As the divorce level rises among couples over 50, experts suggest that the only ones getting rich are the divorce attorneys.  An article in AARP pointed out that in 2010, the divorce industry made $50 billion, while many of those getting divorced ended up in financial difficulty. Maria Cognetti, the president of the American […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Ex-mayor of Buena Park, Calif., caught falsifying driver’s license documentation. Buena Park, Calif., is perhaps most famous as the location of Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park popular with families. But as of November 19, it has gained notice for another child-centric, though less family-friendly matter: its former mayor, Sangjin Miller Oh, received a sentence of six months in jail and three years probation for lying to the Department of Motor Vehicles in an attempt to avoid paying child support. An Orange County jury found Oh guilty in May of five […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – In November, North Dakotans voted down a ballot measure on child custody. The measure would have mandated that judges order equal parenting time in all custody cases between two parents unless there was significant evidence that one parent was unfit. The measure has made headlines across the country, receiving extensive coverage in national publications, including the Washington Post. Proponents said that both children and parents would benefit from equal parental roles in the children’s lives. Opponents said that the policy would draw focus from the best interests of the child. […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Army officer gets discharge and indictment upon discovery of simultaneous marriages. Bigamy, while not the most common cause of marital disputes ending up in criminal court, landed former Army Sgt. Courtney Brown an indictment in late October. A Cumberland County, North Carolina, grand jury handed down the indictment against Brown, 30, who was not prosecuted explicitly for bigamy while serving in the military. Instead, after months of congressional inquiries as well as military and civilian investigations, the Army discharged Brown for fraud, forgery and adultery in early October. Brown’s fourth wife, […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2014 – It is important to draft a prenuptial agreement correctly, or it may be challenged later. A prenuptial agreement signed by Anne Dias (Griffin) the night before her 2003 wedding to Citadel hedge-fund billionaire Ken Griffin is coming under fire in their contentious divorce action. Dias Griffin alleges that the agreement was signed under duress a mere three hours before their rehearsal dinner. Last minute prenuptial agreements have the potential to backfire. “If the agreement is successfully challenged,” outlined Gerald Maggio, a respected Orange County divorce attorney, not involved in the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2014 – An existing state statute lets faith-based adoption agencies decline services to same-sex couples. When the U.S. Supreme Court denied same-sex marriage appeals on October 6, its historic decision paved the way for gay marriage in several states — including some, like Virginia, where the political climate has been relatively unreceptive to the unions. But while local court clerks in the commonwealth now have straightforward instructions to start performing same-sex marriages, the ways the benefits of some other laws will be made available to same-sex couples in the Old Dominion remain unsettled. […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Upon her passing, Ruth T. Bedford left $40 million to her beloved alma mater, doubling its endowment. Unexpected gifts often prove the most gratifying, but sometimes the magnitude of an unforeseen act of charity can leave the recipient stunned. And stunned is how the administrators of the all-girls Foxcroft School near Middleburg, Virginia, felt when they learned that Standard Oil heiress Ruth T. Bedford bequeathed their institution $40 million when she died in June. Bedford, who was 99 when she passed away, served with the Red Cross during the London Blitz, […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – A recent study, published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, has found that divorcing parents definitively benefit from taking a co-parenting course. Significant research has already shown the wide range of short- and long-term benefits for children when their separated parents learn to co-parent. This is one of the first studies that focuses on the effects on the parents. The study focused on a series of online co-parenting courses by Online Parenting Programs, a company that offers a wide range of court-approved programs for couples and families experiencing divorce […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2010 – Obtaining an ex-spouse’s tax return is not always an easy task, and often, the other side ignores requests for information. Divorcing parties should first make such a request politely to increase the chances of receiving the requested material. Antagonizing the other spouse is usually counterproductive, even though it is his or her statutory duty to provide the information requested. Ignoring such a request may be viewed as stalling, and the spouse seeking to obtain a fair support amount may find it necessary to refer to the various sanctions the law […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – Not every marriage can be saved. But as divorce mediator Gerald Maggio explains, families who choose divorce mediation can save themselves from serious emotional strain and financial difficulty. “Time and time again, we see how financial trauma from litigated divorce can change the course of peoples’ lives,” said Maggio, a licensed mediator who specializes in creating fair and cost-effective mediated agreements. “Litigated divorces can take years to finalize, and they can cost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.” Maggio explained that many families run through retirement savings and […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – Parental cash assistance for a down payment can actually shield a family’s wealth from probate in the future. The recent recession seriously impacted the U.S. economy and noticeably changed the socio-economic fabric of the country. In that environment, more young adults opted to live with their parents in order to save money. Now that the economy is recovering, another change has helped reverse the earlier trend: more parents helping their grown children accumulate a down payment for a house of their own — an act that also fits in with some […]


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