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Benefits and Custody After a Military Divorce

Pain from losing someone you love is not easy to deal with, especially for those in the service. Maintaining a marriage is difficult enough while on active duty, making a divorce all that more challenging. Fortunately, there are many options available to active service members and their spouses. If you need help with a family law situation that involves someone in the military, you need counsel from an attorney who understands the complexities of military family law. Rights as an Active Service Member The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects active-duty service members. Usually, when one spouse files for divorce, the

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Understanding Common-Law Marriage

Common-law marriage happens when specific requirements are met. Once these requirements are met, two people become married according to the state without filing for a marriage certificate or a formal ceremony. They also get to enjoy all the benefits of being married, such as tax breaks. Although common-law marriage has been around for a long time, the process has many popular misconceptions. One of the most popular is that you are common-law married if you live with your partner for seven years. This is not the case. There is no set timeframe in which you have to live with another

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LGBT Divorce and Child Custody Proceedings

In 2015, the Supreme Court made the landmark decision to mandate that same-sex marriages were legal in the United States of America. From this decision, married LGBT couples were entitled to the same benefits that heterosexual couples have, such as Social Security benefits, tax exemption status, insurance benefits, and the right to make medical decisions or be present in the hospital for a spouse. Suddenly, couples that had been barred from being wed legally were flocking to courthouses across the country to say “I do” to their partners. It was and remains a joyous and important part of our nation’s

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Emotional Abuse Is Domestic Violence: How to Identify It and Get Help

When you were young, you were likely told “words don’t hurt” if you reported to an adult that someone insulted you. Many of us carried this mantra into our adult lives and thought it to be the truth, but, essentially, it is a false statement. Words are the chief weapon of the emotional abuser, and while no physical injury is sustained, the wounds are palpable and detrimental to the victim(s). Emotional abuse, like any abuse, is not discriminatory; it can and does happen to/is carried out by every age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, religion, etc. Signs of Emotional

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Gag Order: Violation of Free Speech or Necessity?

In America, we take our First Amendment rights very seriously, and for good reason. According to the Constitution (where the First Amendment is outlined), it is forbidden for Congress or any government body to compel, control, or otherwise punish a United States citizen for saying what they want, when they want, how they want. This amendment also protects those wishing to freely practice their religion, assemble peacefully, and for the press to write whatever it wants (as long as it’s true) without repercussions from the government. There are exceptions to every rule, however, even with the First Amendment. For one

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How to Prepare Yourself for Divorce Mediation

The divorce process is likely to be one of the most challenging experiences of your life, even if you are sure that your marriage should end. Some divorcing spouses struggle with the emotional aspects of their divorces more than the financial and practical issues the process entails, and the opposite is true for others. For most, both sides of the divorce process are challenging, and it can take years to truly recover from the experience, both personally and financially. One of the best things you and your spouse can do to make the divorce easier for both of you is

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