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Cohabitation Agreements

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

Cohabitation Agreements As an increasing number of people chose to live together rather than marry, we see an increasing  number of questions about cohabitation. Whether a couple is cohabitating before marriage, or instead of marriage, one thing is clear – non-married partners do not have the same rights to property, spousal support or other benefits …

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What is a Marvin Action?

What is a Marvin Action? The term Marvin Action or Marvin Claim derived from a landmark case, Marvin v. Marvin, where Michelle Marvin lived with actor Lee Marvin for seven years without marriage. A Marvin claim is not a specific cause of action with its own set of elements that a party must prove, it …

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divorcing someone with a mental illness

Divorcing a Mentally Ill Spouse

Divorcing a Mentally Ill Spouse Divorce is always a difficult process, and navigating the financial and legal tangle is even harder if you’re divorcing someone with a mental illness.  Nearly one in five adults in the United States is diagnosed with a mental illness, and more and more elderly couples are divorcing due to increasingly …

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What Makes a Prenup Valid?

What Makes a Prenup Valid? Prenuptial agreements (commonly referred to as “prenups”) are contracts signed by a couple before they get married. The prenup specifies how money, real property, and other assets are to be divided in the event of a divorce. Since the divorce rate in the US is a little less than 50%, …

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Divorce & Pets

Pets in Divorce

Divorce & Pets: Who gets the pet? Our pets are increasingly a part of our family. A pet provides unconditional love, especially when we are working from home and trying to stay safe during the pandemic. But what happens to a pet when the relationship between the humans is over? In a divorce, custody over …

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Child & Spousal Support Basics

Child & Spousal Support Basics

Child & Spousal Support Basics If you are going through a divorce, you may be wondering about spousal or child support and what amounts may be paid. The purpose of both child support and spousal support is essentially to keep the supported spouse from falling off a financial cliff after separation.  Child support helps the …

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