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April 2011 Archives

"Teen Mom 2" star files for divorce, braces for custody battle

Most people have a picture of the ideal marriage in their mind when they walk down the aisle at their wedding. However, after the excitement of the wedding wears off, people are left to figure out how to handle day-to-day living together. Sometimes, couples discover they may have entered into marriage too quickly and are simply not meant to be together. When this happens, a divorce can be a blessing.

Christina Aguilera's divorce becomes final

Divorce is never easy. Ending a relationship you thought would last forever is undoubtedly emotional and difficult. However, when the parties involved are ready to go their separate ways and willing to work together toward a reasonable resolution, the divorce proceedings can move along without added stress and frustration.

Father may lose parental rights after being cleared of murder

A father naturally wants the right to see his children and spend quality time with them. However, sometimes that right can be threatened. An allegation of domestic violence or other criminal involvement, even if the accusation is later proved untrue, can interfere with a father's rights with respect to custody and other family matters.

Court's child support pilot program proves successful

Many people have a negative image of parents who fall behind on child support payments. They imagine delinquent parents do not care about their children and spend all their money on themselves instead. The truth is, a significant number of parents fail to make timely payments because they simply do not have the money. However, courts are working to provide guidance to delinquent parents, increasing their chances of meeting their obligations.

Modifying child custody agreements reflects changing realities

Many people believe that all aspects of a divorce agreement are final. However, court orders regarding child custody, visitation, child support and alimony are not set in stone. People can seek modifications to accurately reflect their changing circumstances. Since life is unpredictable, knowing that these agreements can be changed is reassuring.

Mel Gibson, Oksana Grigorieva battle for child custody

Child custody is often one of the most heated disputes when a couple ends their relationship. While both parents want what is best for their children, they sometimes disagree about what is in a child's best interests. We see this type of disagreement playing out in the current child custody battle between Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

How divorce affects your taxes: Part Two

Tax time is stressful for many people. When you consider the tax implications of a divorce, this time of year can become even more challenging for newly single individuals. In our last post, we shared some tips addressing commonly-asked questions. Below are a few more.

How divorce affects your taxes: Part One

While the rules for divorced taxpayers have not changed in the past few decades, divorce itself has. Joint custody and other changes in the way couples divide property have made it more challenging to determine who owes what to the government at tax time. To help you gain a better understanding of how your divorce will impact your taxes, we have provided some tips regarding commonly-encountered issues.

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