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Domestic Partnership vs Marriage : Alimony Takes a Twist

Domestic Partnership vs Marriage : Alimony Takes a Twist by Laura Smith Aug. 9, 2007 Marriage versus domestic-partnership law: Are there benefits to one and not the other? The California attorney general’s office has argued that gays enjoy the rights of marriage under the domestic-partnership law, but it seems that an Orange County judge doesn’t […]


In 1973,  Roe v. Wade  legalized some abortion rights by striking down a Texas law that criminalized abortion except as a means of saving the mother’s life. The case pitted individual privacy rights against a states’ interest in regulating the life of the fetus. Using the  due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the […]

Emancipation of Minors

The law has long recognized that children under the age of 18 do not enjoy the same rights as adults—a minor may void a contract entered into before the age of majority, and often will be subject to different treatment for the commission of a crime. There are circumstances, however, where a minor may legally […]

Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation

Arbitration, Mediation, and Negotiation Websites General – Comprehensive source of articles, blogs, videos, and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) information. ABA Section of Dispute Resolution – Links to a series of online resources. State Statutes – Links to individual state statutes pertaining to ADR. Conflict resolution Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation – University […]

State Divorce Laws

State Divorce Laws Alabama: Title 30, Chapter 2Alaska: Title 25, Chapter 24 Arizona: Chapter 3Arkansas: Title 9, Subtitle 2, § 12California: Part 3Colorado: Title 14, Article 10 (Statute 14-10-106)Connecticut: Title 46, Chapter 810, sections 46-13 to 46-31Delaware: Title 13, Chapter 15District of Columbia: Title 16, Chapter 9Florida: Title 6, Chapter 61Georgia: 19-4-1 to 19-6-47Hawaii: Chapter […]

Collaborative Law

Lea en español Collaborative law is a process used almost exclusively in divorce cases to allow parties to resolve legal issues without going to court. In the collaborative approach, the parties each retain their own counsel, but they agree at the outset to attempt to resolve all differences without the intervention of the court. Accordingly, […]

Child Visitation

Child visitation is determined by a court typically to protect the emotional well-being of a child during a divorce or separation in which child custody terms must be established. Often, the financial aspects of child support and its connection to visitation rights come into question. Child support is determined by the financial needs of the […]

Adoption consideration

Adoption is a court procedure by which an adult legally becomes the parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Almost any person found to be a fit parent may be able to adopt a child. Even a single person can adopt a child through a process known as single-parent adoption. You […]

Alimony/Spousal Support

Lea en español Alimony Defined Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is an order by a court, as part of a divorce proceeding, that one party pay the other party a regular or periodic sum of money after the divorce is final, so that the recipient can maintain a specific standard of […]

Child Custody

Lea en español The Basic Standard for Determining Child Custody Though the courts in all states will examine a wide range of factors when establishing custody of minor children, the basic guideline is always what the law defines as “the best interests of the child.” To ascertain the best interests of the child, the court […]