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December 2013 Archives

THE CHANGING ROLE OF FATHERS

In a recent poll discussing whether fathers today are more or less involved in their children's lives than they were 20 years ago, respondents were decidedly undecided. While statistics conclude that there are more single-parent families and families without fathers than ever before in American history, even fathers who do not live with their children full time are more involved in parenting than they once were.

Lessons Learned From Celebrity Divorces

When celebrities divorce, the rumor mill gets busy. Celebrities may enjoy a glamorous lifestyle, but when divorcing, they deal with many of the same issues average people do. Here are some dos and don'ts we can learn from some divorcing stars.

ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL DIVORCE

In today's global village many people travel to and reside in a number of countries. When one married partner desires to dissolve a marriage and partners are living in different countries, there are a number of issues that could arise. If one partner files for divorce and the second partner does not contest the divorce, as long as there are no children involved, it can be a fairly simple matter.

DO CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS COUNT AS INCOME?

Court ordered payments to support a child fall into a specific category when evaluating the income of a parent. While child support is intended for the maintenance of a child's lifestyle - including food, housing, medical insurance and education - child support payments are not included when the parent's income is calculated for tax purposes.

CREDIT CARD DEBT AND DIVORCE

Americans have a long-standing romance with their credit cards. The cherished plastic allows the average-earning American to live beyond their means, acquire expensive goods without paying upfront and travel the world without the worry of affordability. However, according to the Federal Reserve, Americans have begun reducing credit card expenditure, likely a result of the weakened economy. Recent trends indicate consumers are spending less on luxury items and using credit cards primarily for auto and student loans.

WHAT IF MY SPOUSE DOESN'T WANT TO GET DIVORCED?

California has the power to dissolve any marriage or domestic partnership when one party desires to do so. If you want to end your marriage but your spouse does not, you might be in for a battle but you do not have to stay married.

What Is A Certified Family Law Specialist?

The specialization in family law dates back to 1980 when a group of family law attorneys from the San Francisco Bay Area began meeting regularly to discuss issues related to their area of practice. The group developed the concept for a specialization in order to advance the area of family law and create a standard of practice for attorneys in the field. The Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) field became the first legal specialization in California to require an exam. In 1985 the California Supreme Court made CFLS into an official area of specialization.

What Is An Annulment?

When a marriage does not work out, a couple can dissolve the marriage by way of divorce. When a marriage has been invalid from the beginning, a couple can nullify the marriage with an annulment. There are very specific conditions that must be met in order for a couple to be granted an annulment.

Dealing With Your Ex In Public

Your first public appearances with your ex after your separation or divorce might be a bit awkward. Relationship experts tend to view the period following divorce as comparable to a death, replete with the stages of grieving. Most people - including your friends and family - feel vulnerable and confused. Here are some strategies for keeping your cool in public following your separation.

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