Family Law Posts


How to Make Sure Your Marriage Abroad Is Valid

Posted: December, 2011 in Family Law

Having a destination wedding in Paris or Rome or Istanbul (or really, anywhere!) can be incredibly romantic and exciting.

Although it may be unpalatable to let the formalities of the immigration system intrude upon your big day, it’s absolutely necessary. You must be sure that your marriage abroad counts in the eyes of the law.

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Interesting International Marriage Laws & Customs

Posted: April, 2011 in Family Law

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The laws and requirements that apply to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming nuptials got us thinking about other international wedding laws and traditions that exist.

From Italy to India, we found some interesting, odd and inspiring marriage requirements and customs around the world.

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How to Name a Guardian for Your Children

Posted: October, 2010 in Family Law

Parents should consider naming a guardian for their children in case they are unable to care for them any longer.

The process of choosing a guardian is easy — and it’s one of the most important decisions you can make on behalf of your family.

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Having a Baby? Get Familiar with Parents’ Legal Rights

Posted: September, 2010 in Family Law

Having a baby is an exciting, life-changing event — and legal matters are probably the last thing on your mind.

However, it’s important for you to get familiar with parents’ legal rights for the safety and well-being of your expanding family.

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Annulment or Divorce: What’s the Difference?

Posted: August, 2010 in Family Law

If your marriage isn’t working out, there are two ways to dissolve it — annulment or divorce.

While they are both legal ways to end a marriage, annulment and divorce have different outcomes in the eye of the law. Annulment or divorce: How are they different?

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What Is a Domestic Partnership Agreement?

Posted: August, 2010 in Family Law

When two partners share a life together but aren’t joined together by marriage, they are involved in a domestic partnership.

Domestic partnership agreements — in the states and countries where they are legal — allow partners to gain many of the same rights as married couples.

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The Legal Rights of Unmarried Parents

Posted: August, 2010 in Family Law

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It’s important for unmarried parents to know their legal rights, as many US states have custody laws in place that depend on the marital status of the parents.

While parental rights vary from state to state, unmarried parents generally have fewer rights than married couples.

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Requirements for a Common Law Marriage

Posted: August, 2010 in Family Law

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If you live with your significant other or even just a roommate for seven years, have you entered into a common-law marriage?

The truth is that common-law marriages are not that common. No one can unknowingly enter into a common-law marriage, and many other requirements must be met.

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Pet Custody Battles Become More Common in Courts

Posted: July, 2010 in Family Law

When a relationship ends, others beyond the couple are often affected by the split. Child custody battles can be heated, but these days courts are seeing more of a different kind of custody battle — a battle for pet custody.

How does a court handle a pet custody case? How should you prepare if you want to argue for pet custody rights?

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Legal Requirements for a Marriage License & Ceremony

Posted: June, 2010 in Family Law

Most people know that to get married, you have to get a license first. But how do you obtain a marriage license? Are there any other legal requirements to be completed before a marriage is valid?

The legal requirements to perform a marriage ceremony differ from state to state and certainly from country to country. Read on for some common legal marriage requirements!

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