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When Michael Schiavo stated emphatically that he refused to divorce Terri or turn her care over to her parents, people across America began talking. The question on everyone's mind was: But, why not? It seemed that Americans could all agree on one thing: if he divorced her, the whole dilemma would have ended. So what kept him from doing so? Read more to find out.... more...

- - Living Wills

The recent Tsunami disaster has certainly spurred new interest in international adoptions. But, if you're thinking of adopting one of the children orphaned by the giant tidal wave (or any bundle of joy from abroad, for that matter) -- you'll first want to make yourself familiar with adoption laws, not only the ones in this country but in the country you're adopting from as well. more...

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Was the U.S. Supreme Court making a statement when it declined to hear a gay adoption case? Most legal experts say the court's silence shouldn't be taken too seriously. Yet, given the publicity surrounding Florida's law, the court's refusal to hear Lofton v. Secretary of The Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) would seem to communicate approval for the Florida adoption ban loud and clear. more...

- - Supreme Court

As anyone who's gone through a divorce can tell you, the process is rarely easy. Tensions run high, and couples often make poor decisions in the heat of the moment. Here are the top 10 tips on what to avoid when filing for divorce. more...

- - Divorce

Lately, fathers' custody rights have been the subject of news headlines... mostly because of the Alec Baldwin case. Baldwin's voicemail message to his daughter Ireland shocked many who heard him call her a "thoughtless little pig." He later accused his ex-wife, Kim Basinger of leaking the message in violation of a court order and said his words were delivered out of misplaced frustration at his former wife. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

If you do live in a state that recognizes common law marriage, be sure you get what you bargained for. At the very least, you and your partner should sign a statement regarding whether or not your intention is to establish a common law marriage. Otherwise, the man you've lived with for 10 years and jokingly called your "husband" could very well stake a claim to your retirement account. more...

- - Marriage & Domestic Partnership

While only 8 states follow community property laws, you may want to perk up your ears if you're a resident of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana or Washington. That's because 25% of the U.S. population lives in one of these community property states. Read more to find out how Community Property Laws affect you. more...

- - Divorce

There is no single landmark air-tight pre-nuptial agreement. So, what is it you need to look for to best protect yourself?Read more to find out how you can protect your property rights. more...

- - Prenuptials

Beyond financial concerns, a domestic partnership agreement can help set other parameters in the relationship. Many couples never get around to discussing day to day life matters--- let alone setting them down on paper--- and the creation of a legal document defining the relationship could arguably help clarify and strengthen the relationship more...

- - Marriage & Domestic Partnership

The objective of a divorce court is to give each party what he or she fairly deserves based on their earnings during marriage. It is next to impossible to factor the broad social pressures that shape women's career decisions into a given divorce settlement. more...

- - Divorce