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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – A recent series of wrong-way car accidents in Florida has prompted calls for improved safety. Just before the New Year, five people died in Miami-Dade when a drunk driver speeding the wrong way on I-95 struck a vehicle carrying four people. In February, a 26-year-old died traveling north in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike. In March, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy died when a wrong-way driver collided with his squad car, and a deadly wrong-way crash occurred on I-4 in Orange County. “In the case of a wrong-way crash, it […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2016 – A former employee of Ferguson Enterprises sued the plumbing distribution company for disability discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation among seven causes of action. Eric Padayhag was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, commonly known as a pinched nerve, after a car accident in 2005. The disability prevented him from straining his neck during his employment. He began working in Ferguson’s distribution warehouse in Stockton, California, in early 2012. Padayhag’s primary job duty was driving the order picker, a type of forklift, to pick up products off shelves. Due to his neck injury, […]


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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) 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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) November 7, 2014 – When two parents divorce, the grandparents of the children have the right to petition the court for visitation rights. However, according to the official California Courts website, grandparents should consider mediation before pursuing action in court. “There are a number of problems with pursuing a grandparent visitation claim in family court,” agreed Gerald Maggio, an Orange County divorce mediator. “To start, the courts have huge backlogs. And once a case does get to the front of the line, the family is often ordered to see a mediator anyway.” Mediation is […]


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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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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – California Divorce Mediators, a divorce mediation practice in Orange County, California, offers dedicated divorce mediation options for couples experiencing extreme levels of conflict. “We believe every couple deserves the opportunity to choose a cost-effective divorce,” said Gerald Maggio, founder of California Divorce Mediators. “By matching the circumstances of a particular couple to the correct mediation process, we can bring even hostile couples through to a sustainable divorce agreement.” According to a study from Pepperdine University, the characteristics of high-conflict couples include constant arguing, quick hostility and verbal aggression. The study […]


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