What is the most important factor to consider when deciding whether to divorce? Your partner's emotional health, the good of your children, the institution of marriage itself? What about money?
On any given day, 500 Georgia parents face incarceration for failing to pay child support. They are usually jailed on civil contempt charges and are not given an attorney to represent them. One such Georgia father is challenging the legal basis for incarcerating people who are too poor to pay child support.
On December 15, attorneys representing the State of Texas and a same-sex couple who filed for divorce argued before a panel of three court of appeals judges. The issue before the court was whether a judge can grant the couple a divorce in Texas. State law currently limits marriage to a man and a woman.
Sources have reported that NeNe Leakes, one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is moving forward with divorcing her husband of 14 years. A recent report from RadarOnline said that Leakes had hired a divorce attorney. Leakes' husband is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the divorce.
Lisa Clark Gonzalez, the Gainesville woman sent to prison for having sex with and then marrying her son's then-15-year-old friend Adrian Gonzalez, may be one step closer to getting shared child custody rights over the couple's 4-year-old son. The Gonzalezes have been seeking custody since shortly after the child was born, when Lisa was in prison. They were granted visitation rights in September. They also have an 18-month-old daughter.
Frank and Jamie McCourt, the joint owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been involved in a nasty high-asset divorce since Jamie was fired as CEO of the Dodgers in October 2009 and filed for divorce that same month. So far, the estranged couple has spent an estimated $20 million in legal bills.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a South Carolina father who argues that, since people held in contempt for non-payment of child support may risk jail time, the poorest should have the right to government-paid attorney. South Carolina and Georgia are two of only five states in the U.S. that don't provide indigent people with free lawyers in child support contempt hearings.
According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 80 percent of divorce lawyers report a dramatic increase in the number of cases that use evidence drawn from social media sites like Facebook. A number of high-asset divorce cases, such as that of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, have included evidence from Facebook.