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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 […]


Lea en español 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 […]

Emancipation of Minors

Lea en español 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 […]

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

Lea en español 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 […]

Old Paternity Laws Don’t Work in Today’s World

h1>Old Paternity Laws Don’t Work in Today’s World writer Laura L. Smith Paternity fraud took a Hollywood slant this week when comedian and actor Chris Rock released a statement declaring that a DNA test disproves a woman’s claim that he fathered her 13-year-old son. Rock puts the spotlight on a very hot topic. ”Put […]

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 […]

Requirements for a common-law marriage

Despite what some people believe, a common-law marriage does not simply depend on how long the partners have lived together. Most states do not even require a specific period of time for cohabitation. Instead, most require that partners live together for a considerable amount of time, hold each other out as a married couple and […]