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November 2017 Archives

Jennifer Hudson obtains restraining order against David Otunga

On Friday, November 17, 2017, a representative for singer and actress Jennifer Hudson announced her split from fiancé of nine years, David Otunga. The pair have been a couple for the last 10 years, and have one son together, born in 2009. On that same day, Hudson also requested and obtained a protective order.

How does my pension plan get divided in a divorce?

When a married couple divorces, they must divide the property they own together according to state law. Each state has its own laws about the best way to do this. Most states practice equitable distribution, meaning that the law provides guidelines to ensure the division is fair. By contrast, California is a community property state. To generalize, this means all the couple's joint property should be divided equally. In practice, California property division is more complicated than a 50-50 split, especially when it comes to complex assets such as retirement funds.

What to consider when discussing a post-divorce parenting plan

Effectively co-parenting after a divorce requires an ongoing, conscious effort by both parties. While a parenting plan should be part of every divorce negotiation involving children, there will inevitably be unforeseen situations that arise. A thorough, written agreement can prevent such situations from getting out of hand. Let's take a look at some key points made by Psychologists familiar with divorce that should be included to alleviate unnecessary disputes and damaging impulsive reactions.

Parenting schedules: Failing to plan is like planning to fail

As a parent facing the end of your marriage, one of your biggest concerns is probably how the change will affect your children and your relationship with them. Even the most amicable of divorces can get complicated when kids are involved, as both you and your soon-to-be ex are likely already worrying about holidays and weekends spent apart from them, and figuring out who gets to see them when.

How to prove emotional abuse when seeking help from the courts

Domestic violence does not always entail physical abuse. Oftentimes, physical abuse is predicated by emotional, also known as psychological, abuse. In this situation, an abuser uses words and manipulations to control a victim, usually in a threatening tone of voice. They may also force the victim to lie, or perform demeaning tasks. An emotional abuser's victim is often not only their spouse, but also the children.

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