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When you sign up for a life insurance policy or a retirement account, you name a beneficiary to receive the proceeds of the policy when the policyholder dies. But what happens if you forget to change your beneficiary as your life changes? You might be surprised by the answer. more...

- - Estate Planning Basics

One of the most hotly contested issues in divorce proceedings is the division of property and assets, but few couples consider what will happen to their debt if they decide to go separate ways. Debt division is extremely important, though, since outstanding bills must be factored into any determination of a couple’s net worth.  more...

- - Divorce

A recent study concluded that while the vast majority of married couples who separate will eventually divorce (within three years), approximately 15% remain separated indefinitely, even past the 10-year mark.

Why would a couple choose to do this? Or, to put it another way, are there actually advantages to long-term separation over divorce?

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- - Marriage & Domestic Partnership

Can you be held responsible if your kid is a bully? More and more states are enacting strict anti-bullying laws like "Phoebe's Law" in Massachusetts, named for a 15-year-old girl who killed herself after being bullied. These changes in the law may make parents wonder about their legal responsibilities for their children's behavior—and rightfully so. more...

- - Family Law Basics

A little effort now can save a world of painful problems in the future. Ensure that your kids will get the best childhood possible, no matter what.
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Conflicts over a pet can be just as important to divorcing spouses as any issue when both spouses have developed a special connection to a companion pet and wish to maintain it. This feeling can be even greater where the couple has no children, and the dog or cat has taken on the role of the couple's "child." But unlike real children, for which extensive case law and statutory measures exist, pets have been largely ignored as a critical concern in a divorce. more...

- - Divorce

Having a baby is one of the most life changing events you will ever experience. So, once you get past the initial excitement about the impending baby, it is important to consider the practical matters of bringing a new life into the world - legal preparation. Read more to find out how you can protect yourself and your baby. more...

- - Home & Leisure

The mother of your child wants to break up and wants nothing to do with you. And oh, by the way, she has a news flash for you. You know the child you've been supporting? The little girl who's been calling you daddy and snuggling on your lap? Guess what... you're not the baby's daddy after all. What now? more...

- - Child Support

When a New Zealand court recently stepped in to change the name of 9-year-old Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii because her name "makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily," zany name changes caught the attention of the word over. So how crazy is too crazy when it comes to name changes? Here are five of the most recent unique requests. more...

- - Family Law Basics

You may or may not have read every bit of literature out there on parenting. The funny thing is that very few of those books really discuss how a few small legal steps can go a very long way to not just protecting your child but your entire family and all the memories your family members make together. more...

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