Family Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 4

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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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2015 – The California Supreme Court on July 20 ruled that it is necessary for divorcing couples to live in different residences in order to claim separate property and qualify as legally separated. Under California family law, the income and property each spouse acquires during a marriage is considered community property to be divided between them during a divorce. However, couples often separate years before they divorce, removing all their earnings from consideration after separation when determining community property. When the couple separates, each spouse gets to keep whatever they accumulate. According […]


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Hackensack, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – “Divorce selfies” are the latest craze to hit social media and for good reason. A Canadian couple shared a smiling selfie following filing for divorce and it has already received over 30,000 shares on Facebook. The post has since sparked a public conversation on a topic that is often looked at as a private and negative experience. Nima Ameri, Esq. of New Jersey Law firm Ameri & Associates thinks the recent media and public response to “divorce selfies.” has been a positive one. “Getting a divorce shouldn’t have to be a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2014 – For many years, wealthy families have used family-limited partnerships and limited liability companies to help leave family-owned businesses to their heirs in a way that could lower their gift or estate taxes. Recently, they have also been used to leave portfolios of publicly traded securities to their heirs at a discount. However, according to estate attorneys, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning to discontinue the use of such a discount. Generally, a married couple would establish a family-limited partnership to own securities or a business that they believe will rise […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2015 – Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who made headlines after announcing the end to their 10-year marriage on June 30, have chosen to take the mediation approach to their divorce. Media reports have described the divorce as “not contentious,” with the Hollywood actor couple choosing to settle their divorce amicably out of court for the sake of their three children — Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. They are working with a mediator to resolve financial, property and custody issues and expedite the divorce process. Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2014 – The late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith left $200 to each of approximately 180 players he had coached for years. The payments are not from his will, but rather from his revocable living trust. A revocable living trust is an estate planning tool that is used partly to maintain some level of privacy concerning the details of one’s estate. While wills are public documents, and thus available to anyone who wishes to search public records, trusts are private. Smith’s generosity was publicized because players uploaded photos of his letters and […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – Children caught in the middle of contentious custody battles between divorcing parents can sometimes become victims of parental alienation. In a case that has grabbed nationwide attention, a judge in Oakland County, Michigan, held three kids — ages 9, 10 and 15 — in contempt of court for refusing to meet with their estranged father. During a June 24 hearing to arrange parental visitation, Judge Lisa Gorcyca decided to send the kids to Children’s Village, a juvenile detention facility. At their father’s request, they were released from the center on […]


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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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