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Caseloads leap as judges retire, forcing long wait for family law cases

In a statement, Chief Judge Pascoe linked the court's staffing problems and spiralling workload to Senator Brandis, who commissioned KPMG to …

Thoughts On Marriage And Divorce

My husband and I have never considered divorce. Murder, sometimes, but never divorce.” –Dr. Joyce BrothersI was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.” –Groucho MarxI remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a …

A boy's passport becomes a big Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON — Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky just turned 12.<p>For 11 of those years, he has been the protagonist in a legal battle that the U.S. government warns could "provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world." Now the Supreme Court is weighing in — for the second time.<p>Young Menachem's …

Moms Just Don't Understand

Sometimes I have to take a step back and reassess my lot in this motherhood gig. My almost-5-year-old is ridiculously smart and is never more than a stern 1,2,3 warning away from timeout thanks to his disastrous mix of curiosity and audacious defiance of the house rules.<p>Today he said this: "Mom, …

Surrogacy: Human Right or Reproductive Exploitation?

What used to be a costly, sci-fi solution to childlessness has emerged as an everyday story. But as the procedure becomes more common, so do …

Annual report 2013-14

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has had a very successful year conducting research on issues related to family wellbeing and …

Australian couples looking for surrogate mothers in India denied visas to enter the country - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Childless Australian couples looking for surrogate mothers in India are being denied visas to enter the country, advocates say.<p>Surrogacy advocates …

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Till Careers Do Us Part

A new generation of smart, accomplished women is learning the hard way that just because a man says he's enamored by a successful woman doesn't mean he actually wants one. Now they're rewriting the rules on love and marriage.<p>LEIGH MOHAN HAS NEVER harbored any illusions about the challenges she …

Is the Size of your Wallet Proportionate to the Cost of Your Divorce?

Have you ever felt like the price of items suddenly went up when you walked into a store? Surely, it's just your imagination. What about the costs for professional services? Is it possible that fees for professional services, such as therapists, contractors and lawyers, could be based upon how much …

Couple wants to void adoption of ‘mentally ill’ Russian orphans

A Long Island couple has asked a judge to vacate the adoption of two Russian-born children who suffer from serious mental disorders and are now …

Govt to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 new states

WASHINGTON — The federal government announced Saturday it will recognize same-sex marriages in six new states.<p>The decision means gay couples in those states will be able to receive an array of federal benefits — such as Social Security benefits for widowers or the ability to file a joint income tax …

Facebook Billionaire Sean Parker Is Building An App As Part Of His $2.5 Million Wedding Settlement

"Over-the-top" doesn't begin to describe the summer 2013 wedding of Facebook billionaire Sean Parker and singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas.<p>Parker spent $4.5 million to transform a campsite in Big Sur, California, into a magical forest paradise, complete with animal-skin chairs, silk flower petals, …

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15 Biggest Marriage Regrets From Middle-Aged Divorcees

Divorce triggers a lot of different emotions, everything from sadness to regret. In some cases, a split is precipitated by a factor outside the marriage. In other cases, though, couples ask themselves whether there was something they could have done differently to save the relationship.<p>With that in …

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Note to Divorced Dads: You Didn't Divorce Your Kids

Having been through a divorce, I know the minute a divorced dad steps into his new life -- uncluttered by the toys, noise, and wall-to-wall responsibilities of the last one -- he can easily feel like he broke up with his kids as well as his wife.<p>At first there's a sense of giddy liberation: I can …

Here's what happens to your stuff when you get divorced without a prenup

Allen, a family law attorney and coauthor of " The New Love Deal: Everything You Must Know Before Marrying, Moving In, Or Moving On! ," explains that a prenup can provide an overall comprehensive approach to how assets and liabilities will be treated, protect a specific asset or family interest, …

Uncovering Hidden Assets in Divorce Litigation

If you're considering hiding assets in your divorce, you might want to think twice. Alternatively, if you're concerned your spouse may be hiding assets from you know that you have options.<p>For better or worse, the reality is when marriage gets tough people often hide money. Regardless of their …

Having Divorced Parents Makes You Tough: 33 Things Only Children Of Divorce Understand

I was only three years old when my parents got divorced. I can’t remember anything from the time they were married, except for one screaming fight where my mom locked herself in the bathroom. I told my mom recently about that memory, and she assured me it was fabricated. They never fought in front …

Why A Forensic Accountant Belongs On Your Divorce Team

Divorce, boiled down to its most basic elements, is about dividing marital assets and debts. In some cases, the process is relatively simple: house, cars, bank accounts, credit card bills. Furniture and other belongings might go to one spouse or the other without much contention, based on who owned …

Online co-parenting course can help divorcing couples

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most U.S. states require divorcing couples with children to take a co-parenting course before the marriage can end, and one of the most widely used online programs can be helpful, according to a new review.<p>The study’s lead author says such courses are “timely” because …

The 7 Worst States To Get Divorced

Divorce is never a pleasant experience, even under the most amicable of circumstances. In the antagonistic structure of divorce court, there is always a winner and a loser.<p>But some states are more unpleasant to get divorced in than others.<p>The following are the seven worst, ranked based on their …

Inside the Hotel That Offers a $5,000 'Divorce Package'

Ready to cash in on what must surely be an entirely untapped market, the <b>Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa</b> in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., now offers a package for couples looking to get divorced somewhere scenic and New England-y. Priced at $5,000, each couple gets a pair of separate rooms, a full spa …

The Top 7 Mistakes Women Make In Divorce, According To A Lawyer Who's Seen It All

<i>Written by Adriana Velez on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.</i><p>"Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass," said author Mary Kay Blakely. She's right. Not only is divorce painful, it can also be incredibly complicated.<p>And what that means is that it's a breeding ground for mistakes. …

‘Chained' Orthodox Jewish Wives Take To Facebook And Twitter To Rally Support For Religious Divorces

Rivky Stein sat with a panel of rabbis early last month in a beit din, a religious court, waiting for her husband Yoel Weiss to arrive. The pair had been separated for two years, but Yoel had refused to give Rivky a get, a document of Jewish divorce.<p>“I prayed for my freedom,” said Stein. Yoel never …

Divorce Confidential: The Fight for Your Pet in Divorce

Earlier this week I was standing in the lobby of my apartment building and witnessed for the first time, a pet custody exchange between two ex-spouses. At the center of the exchange was an adorable chocolate Labrador. The exchange was peaceful, with one ex-spouse handing over the dog to his former …

Revised company history may help oil baron avoid record divorce payout

CEO Harold Hamm faces paying billions to his estranged wife. Do revisions to his corporation’s website strengthen his hand?