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Common law marriage is not recognized in most states today. And if it does exist, there is no simple test to see if a couple qualifies as married under common law. The answer as to whether your relationship might qualify as a common law marriage is complicated. more...

- - Marriage & Domestic Partnership

Though Britney Spears has been released from UCLA's psychiatric ward, the fight over her estate, her children and her well-being continues. The Spears saga has drawn incredible attention to whether conservatorships can be used to help a an adult family member in need of rescue. more...

- Family Law Basics

When California man, Michael Buday, promised to take his fiancee's last name when they got married, he didn't envision the legal battle in his future. Buday wanted to honor his wife by changing his last name to hers. However, he quickly discovered that it is more difficult for a man to take his wife's name than the other way around. more...

- Family Law Basics

While divorce may end a marriage, it doesn't end obligations of one spouse to another. In many relationships, one spouse is more financially well off than the other. In turn, the less well off partner is entitled to receive spousal support, or alimony, to help him or her establish a new, post-divorce life. more...

- Divorce

In a divorce, what was once called "ours" splits into "his" and "hers." While you can easily agree not to live together, what will happen to the things you've worked so hard to acquire? Dividing the marital assets can be the most difficult tasks in a divorce. Read how to divide fairly and enable your divorce to go more smoothly. more...

- Divorce

Most people picture an "unwed mother" as a teenage girl, abandoned by her boyfriend as soon as her baby is conceived. However, a majority of unmarried parents are adults and are frequently in committed relationships even if they are not married. So, how does the marital status of these unmarried parents affect their legal rights and what impact do the laws have on their children? more...

- Family Law Basics

Divorce is painful. You are dealing with difficult emotional, financial and legal issues. You may resent - even hate - your former spouse. But no matter how you feel about the person you are divorcing, it is not okay to say, "Your daddy is a #%@$!" So, if you can't say what you are really thinking, what should you tell your children about your divorce? more...

- Divorce

Is there a better alternative to traditional divorce? Better than mediation? The answer is yes. It is the newest option in family law-- collaborative divorce. more...

- Divorce

10 years after the institution of FMLA, are men still feeling left out in the waiting room? more...

- Family Law Basics

After a thirty year romance, Prince Charles will finally wed his partner Camilla Parker Bowles on April 8. Evidently, the royals believe major obstacles have been surmounted. However, since the announcement on February 10, minor impediments to ceremonial plans have surfaced. more...

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