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Domestic Violence Restraining Order

It’s an all-too familiar story. You may know someone who’s at their last straw. They exhibit all the signs of misery. Their take on the phrase “a happy home” is an out of reach notion for them. Their confidence is in shambles and you know deep in the pit of your stomach, as your friends …

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When the development of a relationship equals the rapid speed of technology, and outdoes the slow rate of the development of law, there are many who come across problems in this odd but relevant equation.
It is widely known that Domestic Violence Restraining Orders are issued to protect victims from further and or imminent harm …

The issue of domestic violence is playing a high profile role in the recent divorce proceedings of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Though child custody is not at issue after their brief 15-month marriage, a temporary restraining order was granted after evidence of physical abuse was presented to a judge. Depp’s lawyers have issued statements …

Spousal Support

The subject of spousal support, or alimony, in divorce proceedings bears some scrutiny. In California, a family court may award a monthly allowance to be paid by one spouse to the other for the purpose of maintaining the standard of living to which the recipient was accustomed during the marriage. Alimony laws were originally created …

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When it comes to the thorny issue of prenuptial agreements, there can be a very real difference of opinion between the financial advisors who recommend them to couples and the lawyers tasked with negotiating a final contract. On the surface, a “prenup” might seem to be a sensible, if unromantic, safeguard against the breakdown of a legal relationship, comparable to life-insurance or a power of attorney, but the reality is anything but simple. In many cases, a prenuptial agreement, at best, amounts to a shaky substitute for the strong financial understandings that underpin successful first marriages, while at their worst, qualify as the coerced waiver of legal marital rights by the financially weaker (though legally and morally equal) party. That’s to say nothing of the emotional damage a prenup can cause early in a marriage, the potential strain it can place on the weaker party’s relationship with in-laws, nor the disregard the prenuptial prerogative shows for the fair and balanced contingencies already written into the DNA of marital law.