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March 2019 Archives

5 tips to break the divorce news to the kids

Telling the children about the divorce is the one thing that you dread. You know that it may upset them. You know that it will change their lives. While you and your spouse have talked it over and decided what you want to do, making your peace with the decision, you do not know how the kids are going to take it.

Johnny Depp sues ex-wife for $50M in defamation case

Actors Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard were married in a secret ceremony in 2015, but their 2016 separation grabbed countless headlines. As with many celebrity divorces, there were reports of salacious behavior and excess. The bad behavior of the rich and famous have long been entertainment for the general public, but Depp and Heard's case was more troubling due to accusations of physical and emotional abuse. This led to a restraining order in 2016 and the subsequent divorce in 2017.

Adoption and termination of parental rights

It is common for adoptive parents to secure the agreement and signature of the birthparent. By doing this, the birthparent gives up all parental rights, duties and responsibilities, which are then taken over by the adoptive parent. However, sometimes getting the consent of the other parent is difficult or not possible.

Confidentiality of mediation; an alternative to tradition

Mediation is an increasingly popular format for couples who wish to file for divorce. There are several benefits that stem from keeping the divorce out of court. Topping the list is a faster resolution process because clients are not at the mercy of a crowded court schedule, and a quicker resolution can also mean less expense. Many couples also like the fact that they themselves will find solutions for their disputes rather than having a stranger, a judge, decide. It also appeals to those who like privacy because mediation typically does not involve a public record of the case's details.

Do you need to draft a custody agreement for your pet in divorce?

Many married couples facing divorce don't have children. However, that doesn't mean they don't have something precious in their lives that they both love. Whether it's a cat, a dog or some other exotic animal, companion animals can be very important factors in modern divorces.

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