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March 2012 Archives

New alimony bill considered by California lawmakers

California lawmakers are considering whether a victim of a violent sexual crime perpetrated by a spouse should have to eventually pay alimony to the abusive former spouse. This issue was prompted by a woman who was sexually assaulted by her husband and then recently ordered by the court to pay alimony and legal fees to her ex.

Divorce mediation a positive for kids in a difficult process

Marriage is not an easy feat, as many know from experience. However, it can be hard to understand that marriage can deteriorate to a point where divorce is the best answer. Last week, the best-selling author and blogger Penelope Trunk declared that divorce was rarely, if ever the answer. She listed her reasons, stating that divorce was "nearly always terrible for kids," and a sign of mental illness. She pointed her finger at divorcing parents, calling them "immature and selfish." However, many disagree with Trunk.

The Twilight of a California marriage

Actor in the recent phenomenon, Twilight, has filed for divorce from his wife, star of 90210, Jennie Garth. Peter Facinelli, the adoptive father of Edward Cullen in the vampire saga, has announced with Garth that the California couple is going their separate ways after 11 years of marriage.

Woman must pay child support after returning adopted son

Often residents of California may conceptualize child support payments as some sort of agreement issued by the court between divorced couples. Generally, residents may perceive child support as a form of payment issued by the father to the mother of the child. However, this is not always the case in California or elsewhere across the country. One single woman has been ordered by the court to pay child support.

Bitter California custody battle settled

Divorce can be emotionally tumultuous and matters only become further complicated and painful when there are children involved. California law determines which parent will gain child custody according to the best interest of the child. In many cases, both parents feel that their respective abilities are in the best interest of the child.

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