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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 see it that way. Ron Garber’s divorce proceedings took […]


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

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 consortium dedicated to developing […]

State Divorce Laws

Alabama: Title 30, Chapter 2 Alaska: Title 25, Chapter 24 Arizona: Chapter 3 Arkansas: Title 9, Subtitle 2, § 12 California: Part 3 Colorado: Title 14, Article 10 (Statute 14-10-106) Connecticut: Title 46, Chapter 810, sections 46-13 to 46-31 Delaware: Title 13, Chapter 15 District of Columbia: Title 16, Chapter 9 Florida: Title 6, 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

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 […]

Divorce Law

Lea en español Divorce and all the legal issues associated with it—child custody, visitation, child support, alimony or spousal support, property division—these matters all differ based on state law. The Grounds for Divorce Traditionally, divorce always required a showing of fault. The modern trend, however, is toward what is known as “no-fault” divorce. Though all […]

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 […]

Child Support

Lea en español In the aftermath of a divorce, when there are minor children involved, one parent obtains rights and obligations as the custodial parent, and the other parent assumes duties and privileges as the non-custodial parent. In most instances, the non-custodial parent will take on a child support obligation, the requirement to provide a […]


Lea en español The Legal Benefits of Marriage Related GetLegal.TV Videos Click here for more family law videos Persons who are legally married have long enjoyed a wide range of benefits in the United States, including: Employment benefits—health insurance, family leave, bereavement leave Family benefits—adoption rights, joint foster care rights, property division upon separation or […]

Prenuptial Agreements

Lea en español Prenuptial/Antenuptial Agreements A prenuptial agreement is essentially a written contract entered into by parties who plan to get married. In some jurisdictions, it is referred to as an antenuptial agreement. Typically, a prenuptial agreement addresses all the contingencies that might need to be resolved in the event the marriage does not last, […]

Family Law and Divorce

Lea en español When things aren’t going well in your family—the bonds between you and your spouse have been broken, or you’ve been unable to build a family—the emotional challenges can make it difficult to take the right steps to protect yourself. Uncertainty about what the future holds can cause significant stress and anxiety. Often, […]

Fathers’ Rights

Lea en español According to national statistics, more than 24 million children in the United States don’t reside with their biological father. Studies show, however, that when non-custodial fathers are regularly involved in their children’s lives, children do better in school, participate more in extra-curricular activities, and have a greater sense of self-esteem. Until recently, […]