Can I Change My Child’s Last Name After a Divorce?

When couples get married, one spouse typically takes the last name of the other. While this trend has been becoming less and less popular in recent years, it is still a common practice. When that married couple has a child, the child assumes the couple’s last name. Now the couple is finding that their marriage isn’t working. They decide to get a divorce. The mother decides that she no longer…

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What to Do If You’ve Been Emotionally Abused During Your Divorce

After losing a spouse or child, nothing is more stressful than getting a divorce. If your spouse thinks that you’re to blame, they may go out of their way to make your life as difficult as possible. Sometimes this will simply involve refusing to agree or compromise about the terms of your divorce. Other times, your spouse may resort to behaviors that cause you to suffer extraordinary emotional distress. Their…

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Extreme Wealth Could Complicate Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ Divorce

The world’s richest man is getting divorced. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, recently announced that he and his wife MacKenzie were calling it quits after 25 years of marriage. The couple’s extreme wealth will certainly complicate the divorce. Community Property in a High Net Worth Divorce Since Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos reside in Washington, that’s where their divorce will unfold. Like California, Washington is a community property state. Unless…

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Audrina Patridge and Husband Choose Mediation to Help Finalize Divorce

What happens when parents can’t agree on the terms and conditions of their divorce? In many cases, turning to a process like mediation can be incredibly helpful. This is precisely what reality star Audrina Patridge and her estranged husband have chosen to do. The pair, who share a child together, filed for divorce in September 2017. More than a year later, the couple is still struggling to finalize their split….

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What Happens If I Don’t Sign the Divorce Papers?

Divorce can be a challenging time in your life. This is particularly true if the decision to split up isn’t yours. It’s easy to want to avoid talking about divorce or thinking about the process, at all. You may even want to ignore the divorce papers that you’ve been served. The divorce can’t happen if you don’t sign on the dotted line, right? Not necessarily. Ignoring the fact that your…

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Student Loan Debt Is Destroying Marriage Among Young People

A healthy marriage takes a lot of hard work. You have to commit to working with your spouse and try to navigate life’s most difficult times together. Money and finances are often at the root of many marital problems. Unfortunately, young people today are facing more financial pressure than ever before. One of the leading causes of financial stress in young people’s lives is student loan debt. A new study…

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Struggle to Finalize Their Divorce

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016. Nearly two years later, it does not seem as if Jolie and Pitt are any closer to finalizing their split. In California, divorcing spouses have an obligation to agree on the terms of their split before it can become official. For the past 18 months, the couple has taken painstaking measures to keep the details of their divorce private. Recently, however, the…

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Can I Sue My Spouse for Defamation During a Divorce?

The process of divorce – which is essentially splitting one family unit into two distinct family units – is tough. Tensions run high. As a result, hurtful and hateful things can be said during a divorce. As divorce attorneys, we are frequently asked if the things said during a divorce can have legal consequences. In other words, can you sue for defamation for things said during a divorce? If you…

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