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Different states handle divorce different ways

Where a couple obtains their divorce can affect the divorce process, sometimes significantly. This can be seen in a couple of different ways. First, it can be seen with respect to issues like filing fees; residency requirements; waiting and separation periods; and the minimum amount of time to complete the divorce. All of these factors can make a difference in a divorce case, and a recent Forbes article ranked states according to how they measured up in these areas.

Be aware of your health insurance coverage rights during and after divorce

Health insurance is a critical asset nowadays, one which Americans cannot afford to go without. This is why it is so important in divorce to have a plan worked out for ensuring coverage for oneself and one's children. Fortunately, states have recognized this and have put certain protections in place for divorcing couples so that lack of insurance coverage is not an issue.

Postnuptial agreements can help married couples plan for potential divorce

Prenuptial agreements, as we've mentioned previously on this blog, are a great way for engaged couples to set the terms of a potential divorce prior to marriage and protect themselves financially. Well-negotiated and properly executed prenuptial agreements effectively trump state property division laws, and so remove a lot of the uncertainty that goes with dividing property in divorce.

AZ father hit with child support obligations could still press charges

In a recent post, we wrote about an Arizona man who has been served with papers ordering him to pay child support to a woman who raped him when he was a minor. In addition to payments going forward, the man owes about $15,000 in back payments, medical bills and interest. Already, he is having money seized and garnished.

Understand your state's property division laws before marriage, divorce

Property division is an important aspect of divorce. Along with child custody and visitation, it is one of the areas of divorce many couples fight about the most. It is important for couples-both those who are engaged and those who are considering divorce-to understand how property division works so that they can take steps to plan accordingly.

Take time to do your prenuptial agreement right

Prenuptial agreements can, as readers probably know, be an important way for couples to have greater control over the financial outcome of a potential divorce. But, as anybody who pays attention to celebrity gossip knows, prenuptial agreements don't always work out. The divorce case of hedge fund manager Ken Griffin and his wife Anne Dias-Griffin brings up an important point about prenuptial agreements: if an agreement is entered into improperly, it will most likely be challenged and will probably not hold up in court.

AZ man fighting surprise child support payments

Child support is an important resource for parents caring for children out of wedlock or after a divorce, and everybody agrees that parents have the duty to help support their children. This does not mean that there are no circumstances under which child support might be unfair to foist upon a parent. Take, for instance, the unique case of a 24-year-old Phoenix man who is being required to pay support for a child he conceived as a 14-year-old and which he only recently found out about?

Family pets increasingly addressed in prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements are very valuable tools in the context of marriage and divorce. Although there are certain issues these agreements cannot address by law, there are many terms which they can address which help couples lend more predictability to a potential breakup. What these agreements cannot address are things like child custody and child support exemptions. Prenups also cannot encourage divorce.

Phoenix woman regains custody of children

Child custody is something that many parents can too easily take for granted until they have custody taken away. This often happens to parents in divorce or after accusations of abuse or neglect. Phoenix readers may have heard about Shanesha Taylor, a Phoenix mother who left her two sons in a hot car in March while she was at a job interview in Scottsdale. As a result, she was put through criminal proceedings in connection with the incident and Child Protective Services took temporary custody of the children and allowed her to see them only on weekends.

Oil baron's divorce could be costly

Divorce can be costly for some couples, particularly those who are determined to battle it out in court over every little disagreement. In divorce cases where a lot of money is at stake, divorce can be particularly costly. Oklahoma billionaire Harold Hamm-known for his pioneering work in the fracking industry-is currently going through what could be among the costliest divorces in history.

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