image source According to Fox News, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will sign a bill banning American families from adopting Russian orphans. This new law is apparently in retaliation for United States criticizing his nation’s human rights record. American adoptions are one of the main escapes for Russian children to leave orphanages. Russia is the biggest source of adopted children in the U.S. with more than 60,000 Russian children being adopted over the past 20 years. The U.S. State Department has already expressed deep concern about the Russian initiative. “The welfare of children is simply too important to be [...]
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What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas. Saturday Night Live alum Janeane Garofalo dated television producer Rob Cohen for roughly a year when they decided to get married at a drive-thru wedding chapel in a cab 20 years ago. The couple thought they had to go to a courthouse and sign papers for the wedding to be official, but when you get married in Vegas, you get married for real. Cohen was all set to get married to his new fiancé when his attorney discovered that he was still married to Garofalo 20 years later. The couple had [...]
If you’re thinking about getting a divorce or are currently getting a divorce and you believe your spouse has been unfaithful, there are certain ways to go about getting proof. 1. Speak with an attorney. An attorney knows state laws regarding surveillance and privacy. It’s important to obtain the proof in a legal manner. Please speak to your attorney before doing #2-#6. 2. Look at emails. If accessible, your spouse’s email can provide clues. You may find an email regarding an online dating website that he or she may have signed up for. 3. Check any paperwork. Look at your [...]
Getting a divorce is no easy task, but there are a few simple tips that can help you successfully survive the divorce process. 1. Be honest with your attorney. It’s important that you are completely honest with your attorney. If you’re not, your attorney may go to a hearing and learn negative things about you for the first time, which will make it very hard for him or her to defend you. 2. Divorce is stressful. Divorce is a difficult and extremely stressful process. Some clients need to seek out counseling to get through the divorce process successfully. 3. Be [...]
You’ve just come to the conclusion that your marriage isn’t working, and you have decided it’s time for a divorce. Now comes the tricky part; telling your spouse. There are a few things you may want to think about before jumping right into the conversation. When and where. Your spouse should be the first person you tell about the divorce. If you tell friends and family first, there is always that chance he or she will find out from one of them, which would start the divorce process off on the wrong foot. Decide if your partner will respond to [...]
In addition to planning for a divorce emotionally, you’re going to want to take steps that will help you out legally during the divorce. Below are some legal steps you should consider: Where to file your paperwork. If you haven’t done so already, gather the documents you’re going to need for your attorney. You’re going to want to think about where you’re going to file for divorce as well. Hire an attorney. Research and find an attorney that you’re comfortable with. You may want to learn more about the divorce process, so you can understand what’s happening along the way. [...]
You or your spouse has just decided to file for divorce. It’s a tough time emotionally to know your marriage is going to end when you went into it thinking it was going to last forever. Below is a list of things you should consider at this stage: Consider your approach. If you haven’t already told your spouse, now is the time to figure out what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it. It’s important to be calm and prepared in case tensions rise and the discussion gets heated. You may want and overnight bag prepared [...]
As the winter holidays approach we are supposed to be having feelings of joy, excitement and the anticipation of shared family experiences. Unfortunately, holidays can be anything but idyllic for parents sharing custody of children. I’ve put together a few tips for joint custodial parents to keep in mind this holiday season and those in the future. Hopefully, your parenting schedule is very clear regarding your holidays with your children, including drop-off and pick-up times for each holiday and which holidays are yours in the odd numbered years and which are yours in the even numbered years. If your custody [...]
According to the New York Times, The Divorce Hotel is a new concept designed by Jim Halfens from the Netherlands. Couples check into Divorce Hotel on Friday and check out on Sunday with divorce papers in hand. The idea is to help couples get quick divorces instead of spending months or even years on negotiations. Halfens worked with hotels in the Netherlands to set up multiple Divorce Hotels. When the couples check in, they each get their own room and use a suite for mediation with the attorneys. Halfens is trying to bring the Divorce Hotel to the United States [...]
Protecting yourself financially during a divorce is important, especially if you haven’t worked in quite some time (stay-at-home mothers). There is a combination of things you can do to protect yourself financially during a divorce. These include: Hire an experienced divorce attorney. You’re going to want someone who will help you through a collaborative divorce instead of litigation. A collaborative divorce occurs when you and your spouse sit down and discuss the division of property and assets. Litigation is when the court decides it for you. Open up accounts in your name. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you’re going to [...]
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