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March 2013 Archives

Is oil tycoon headed toward most expensive divorce settlement ever?

Back in 1999, News Corp. founder and chairman Rupert Murdoch reached a remarkable $1.7 billion settlement with his ex-wife Anna, making it the largest divorce settlement ever reported. Interestingly, legal experts are now saying that this record-breaking settlement could soon be surpassed thanks to a pending divorce between an oil tycoon worth billions and his second wife.

New film seeks to raise awareness about obstacles to international adoption

According to statistics from the State Department, U.S. residents completed 8,668 international adoptions in 2012, including 2,697 adoptions from China, 1,568 adoptions from Ethiopia, and 395 adoptions from the Ukraine. While these may seem like altogether promising figures, consider that just eight years prior U.S. residents completed nearly 23,000 international adoptions.

A peaceful way to part: Why couples may want to consider a collaborative divorce

The unfortunate reality is that marriages often just don't work out despite the best efforts of a couple to stay together. However, just because a couple is deciding to pursue a divorce doesn't mean they automatically have to become mortal enemies determined to fight over every last detail in court.

Update: Paternity lawsuit against NBA legend is dropped

A few weeks back, our blog reported on how a woman filed a lawsuit in Fulton County, Georgia demanding that NBA legend Michael Jordan submit to a paternity test to determine if he is the father of her 16-year-old son.

Michigan county is giving the 'boot' to delinquent parents

If you are a parent struggling to make ends meet, you may rely on child support payments to help provide food, clothing and other basic necessities for your children. As such, it can be absolutely devastating when a parent fails to meet their court-ordered obligations to pay child support, as it causes your children to suffer unnecessarily.

Texas legislator laying the groundwork for same-sex civil unions

During the last week of March, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in two very important cases concerning whether the issue of same-sex marriage. In United States v. Windsor, the court will be asked to decide whether portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as occurring only between a man and a woman should be upheld, while in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the court will be asked to decide whether California's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

Botched child support enforcement action called 'reprehensible,' 'irresponsible' by judge

In the vast majority of child support cases, you would naturally assume that when words like "reprehensible" and "irresponsible" are found in a court order that they are directed toward a father who has failed to meet his obligations. In a very unusual case out of the state of Florida, however, these words were actually directed toward prosecutors.

NBA legend seeks dismissal of paternity lawsuit

At this time of the year, most basketball-related news stories deal with either the evolving NBA playoff picture or college basketball's impending March Madness. However, one former basketball superstar -- considered by many to be the greatest player ever -- has managed to dominate the sport pages for the last week due to his legal issues.

The importance of paying attention to your emotions during a divorce

When couples decide to end their marriage, the spouses can experience vastly different emotions in the very beginning. For example, one spouse may initially experience great relief, as they are no longer burdened by constant arguments, while the other may initially experience some degree of sadness, as a divorce was something they never saw coming.

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