"Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker announced on Friday that their divorce is final. The stars' three-year marriage was rocked by allegations of infidelity by Parker, which he denies. Longoria cited "irreconcilable differences" when she filed for divorce in November in Texas. The terms of the high-asset divorce were reportedly governed largely by a prenuptial agreement.
Shared parenting brings up a lot of issues. Even happily married parents don't always disagree on how to raise their children, and it can get even harder after a divorce. Among the many decisions that parent with joint custody need to make together is what religion to raise their children in, and that issue can be contentious, as a recent child custody dispute shows.
The case of a South Carolina woman with a profound disability shows us just how difficult it could be to balance parental interests with the best interests of the children in child custody disputes after a life-changing event. 34-year-old Abbie D. and her ex-husband Dan have four-and-a-half year-old triplets. Unfortunately, a series of medical errors at the time of the children's birth resulted in Abbie's brain being starved of oxygen, leaving her largely paralyzed and in a "minimally conscious state."
An Idaho woman who has won about $90 million in the Mega Millions lottery has just learned that she may be forced to share her winnings with her abusive estranged husband from whom she has been separated for years. The couple separated but has never filed for divorce, so he may still have a legal claim, according to Idaho lottery officials.
If you're not divorced with children, you probably think of a child support dispute as one of two situations: where the parents are in the middle of a divorce and can't agree on how much child support should be paid, or where one parent isn't making their child support payments.
An unusually candid discussion among a divorced couple presented on the website BonusFamilies.com illuminates an extremely common problem in shared parenting: The secret battle many divorced parents fight for their kids' affection. In the worst cases, it may lead to something called Parental Alienation Syndrome, which is when one parent systematically tears down the other in front of the kids in an attempt to utterly destroy their relationship with the other parent.
The ramifications of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme are rippling through all parts of the legal system, including divorce and family law, as a recent high-asset divorce case on appeal in New York demonstrates. In this case, a couple who divorced in 2006 divided their assets through a divorce settlement agreement. Later, they found out that their largest marital asset, a Madoff investment account, was not worth the $5.6 million they believed at the time of the divorce. It was worth nothing.
A child support case involving an unemployed father from Rome, Georgia, is putting a spotlight on a very important question: What is the most effective way for our society to ensure that child support gets paid in a timely fashion to the children who need it?
When parents are married and one becomes unemployed, the family scrimps and saves, cuts back on things and works through the tough economic period. When a divorced or unmarried parent loses a job, it can have serious legal repercussions. That's because unmarried parents are subject to child support orders.