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Community Income Allocation and Equitable Remedies

Under the laws of some states (i.e., “community property” states), property acquired and income earned during marriage may be “community” property. This generally means that such income may be considered income earned equally. When couples in such states prepare and...

The Federal Defense of Marriage Act

The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law by President Clinton on September 21, 1996. DOMA defines “marriage” to consist exclusively as a heterosexual union of a man and a woman. Further, DOMA directs federal agencies to recognize only...

Parents May Recover for a Loss of a Child’s Consortium

Husbands and wives have traditionally been entitled to recover damages for “loss of consortium.” In cases where a spouse is severely injured or killed, the non-injured spouse will typically sue the wrongdoer for her loss of consortium. The resulting damages generally...

Pre-Trial Conference

One part of the court process is a “pre-trial conference.” This is a scheduled court date that usually occurs after the discovery process is complete and the parties have attempted some negotiations. A pre-trial conference means that the two attorneys meet with the...

Court Etiquette

Don’t bring a date to your divorce.Don’t wear tight spandex to court.Take all the metal out of your face and head before you go to court.Cover up as much of your tattoos as possible.If you are on medication please take it before you come to court in the quantities...

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