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Don McLean divorces after 30 years

Don McLean, the singer songwriter famous for the song 'American Pie', and his wife after 30 years have finalized their divorce. The divorce comes on the heels of a very rocky past few years. McLean was arrested for allegedly being involved in domestic violence with his former spouse.

Women denied custody over children due to criminal history

In an extraordinary case, a judge denied a woman custody over three children fathered by her husband with another woman. The judge cited her past criminal history, specifically the drowning murders of her first three children as evidence of her inability to be an effective parent. This post will review this unusual case.

What stops a parent from changing custody terms in another state?

Parents are unable to do this because the court will dismiss their case before it even gets to the substantive issues. All states, except Massachusetts and Vermont, and the District of Columbia are signatories to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. The UCCJEA is a uniform set of laws that harmonizes the jurisdictional rules regarding child custody agreements.

Criteria that can land you in the Evader's Program

The Evader's Program is a government initiative run out of the Attorney General's office. The Texas Attorney General was tasked by the legislature to design a program to catch parents who are trying to evade their child support obligations. This post will go over this program and how an evading parent might land themselves on it.

Is child custody mediation a viable alternative for you?

There are two types of mediation: asset division and child custody. Child custody mediation focuses on setting up a visitation and parenting plan for parents who are getting separated. If you and the other parent agree, mediated child custody disputes could be a faster and cheaper alternative.

Study finds increase in co-habitation agreements

Couples are living together and remaining unmarried at higher rates than ever before. While the evolving definition of "family" is an ongoing ethical question, the fact remains that couples are choosing not to get married. They choose for a variety of reasons: financial, commitment, philosophical or a variety of all three. The result has been a surge in changes to traditional family law concepts, like the prenuptial agreement.

On what grounds can you contest a paternity test result?

The short answer is yes; there are many grounds to invalidate a paternity finding or order a new test. DNA has greatly improved the accuracy of assigning proper paternity, but it isn't perfect. The tests are administered by humans, and there are many ways that they could go wrong. This post will go over some of those ways and how they could serve as grounds to invalidate a paternity action.

Some tips to find the right divorce mediator

Some couples opt for mediated divorces instead of traditional litigation. It is often cheaper and allows you to maintain a healthy relationship with your ex-partner throughout the process. If you have children, it can be very helpful to keep you and your ex-partner on the same page. But how do you know if you have picked the right mediator? Divorce mediation depends as much on you and your ex-partner as it does on the mediator. Someone who is too aggressive or conciliatory could undermine the entire process. Here are a few tips to help guide you toward the right mediator for you.

Divorce rate declined over past two decades

It is a commonly cited statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce. While still, mostly true, this over-simplifies the situation. While the overall divorce rate is significantly higher than it was a century ago. A study by the Pew Research Center found that the rate of divorce has been on a steady decline over the past 20 or so years. In fact, the current rate is 3.5 divorces per 1,000 people, down from 4 divorces per 1,000 people in 2000.

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