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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 3, 2011

While there is a perception that prenuptial agreements are typically reserved for those who are remarrying and wealthy, there are a number of other situations in which the document can prove critical for married couples.

Prenuptial agreements are documents designed to detail which assets each person had prior to the marriage and what each person would be entitled to if the marriage ultimately came to an end.

"I see a prenuptial as the start of an ongoing conversation about money, finances and ultimately the values that you hold that get expressed financially," Vivia

May 2, 2011

Troubled actor Charlie Sheen has reportedly finalized his divorce from ex-wife Brooke Mueller, according to WENN.com.

The news source reports that the marriage between Sheen and Mueller made headlines in 2009 when the "Major League" actor was arrested on Christmas Day after a confrontation between the two.

Sheen then pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault and received a suspended jail term, according to the news provider.

The couple then decided to separate, with Mueller, the mother of the actor's twins, filing for divorce last January.

May 2, 2011

The debate over same-sex adoptions is rampant across the country, with the state of Arizona being the latest to enter the fray, Fox News reports.

According to the news provider, Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that gives married couples a tie-breaking advantage over singles for adoptions arranged by the state.

Under the new legislation, the state will consider factors such as the relatives of the child, the wishes of those who are at least 12 years of age and the family's ability to meet the child's needs, the news source said.

However, if all the

Apr 25, 2011

With prenuptial agreements in the news seemingly everyday regarding celebrities and wealthy business owners, it is important for people across the country to understand the benefits of such a document.

According to a recent DailyFinance article, brides and grooms of all economic statuses should consider signing a prenuptial agreement in order to protect their assets in the unfortunate, unforeseen case of a divorce.

One of the first things couples planning on creating a prenuptial agreement should take into consideration is making the agreement well in advance of the wedding,

Apr 22, 2011

While many people believe their impending marriage will last for the rest of time, divorce is a very real possibility as the divorce rate in America is currently 50 percent.

However, while some divorces are amicable between the couple, others do not take the news as well. Fort Lauderdale resident and ex-Marine Paul Henry Gonzalez Jr.