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September 2014 Archives

How are pet custody matters decided in divorce?

Many married couples with and without children consider a dog or cat to be part of the family. While the family court system is highly involved in child custody matters, the same can't be said when it comes to pets. In fact pets are regarded as property in divorce proceedings and therefore the distribution and ownership of a pet is handled much the same as a piece of furniture or artwork.

How do Social Security benefits factor into divorce?

In recent years, there's been a lot written about the increase in the number of U.S. divorces among couples age 50 and older. For these individuals, rather than child custody of minor-aged children, major divorce concerns typically focus on how to fund one’s retirement.

Working parents struggle to maintain balance

Today's families are very different from those of the 1960s. Not only are many same-sex couples getting married and choosing to have children, but the roles of many heterosexual spouses are converging. This finding underlies many of the key findings from a recent Pew Research Center report.

Billionaire's fortune at stake in prenuptial agreement dispute

While we often discuss and promote the many benefits of the collaborative legal process, deep-seeded disputes between some couples make pursuing a collaborative divorce impossible. The divorce between Citadel hedge fund founder Kenneth C. Griffin and his wife Anne Dias Griffin, provides an example of a high-conflict and complicated divorce and seems poised to turn into a lengthy courtroom battle.

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