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Keep abreast of the latest news on the most common areas of family law—adoptions, marriage and premarital agreements (prenuptials), and divorce.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are divorcing after seven years of marriage.
Jul 19, 2011
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After seven years of marriage, superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have decided to divorce.

"We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters," the singers told People Magazine in a joint statement. They also said that the decision was "painful," and they want to maintain their privacy.

May 25, 2011

Adopting a child may not seem like a process that should be difficult, due to the inherent good that is behind taking responsibility for children that were not initially from the respective individuals. Certain organizations, however, have tried to make everything easier for both parties.

One group, Helpusadopt.org, has provided grants for perspective families in order to make the costs more manageable.

May 25, 2011

The death of famed entrepreneur Don Barden came with sadness to all of his family and friends. The legal battle for the remains of his business and estate only emphasized the impact of his passing.

The Detroit-based Barden Cos. is currently being operated by CFO Michelle Sherman, but the transition to different management will not be so easily brought about.

May 13, 2011

Music legend Paul McCartney, who was recently engaged to Nancy Shevell, will reportedly not be signing a prenuptial agreement, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the news provider, rather than a prenup, McCartney has asked his fiancee to simply sign a document that says in the case of a divorce, Shevell will not be allowed to stake claim to the trust funds of his children.

The news source cites one friend of McCartney, who explains that a possible reason the musician did not feel it was necessary to sign a prenuptial agreement is that Shevell, herself, comes from a very wea

May 13, 2011

After reports surfaced earlier this year that Jillian Michaels was planning to adopt a child from Africa, the "Biggest Loser" star now says she is in the process of adopting a child from the Congo, CNN reports.

According to the news source, Michaels reportedly announced in December that she was leaving her role on "The Biggest Loser" in order to become a mom and focus on raising a child.

"So the paperwork is done, and now it’s just a waiting game," Michaels told Us Weekly. "It could be six months, twelve months; it could be two years.

May 12, 2011

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the niece of John F.