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What Is a “Common Law” Marriage?

A marriage is the union between two people. Typically, state laws require a ceremony and official documentation to recognize a marriage. However, a few states still allow a common law marriage, or an automatic marriage between two people who co-habitate for an extended period of time. If you have questions about the
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How Do Child Visitation Plans Work?

One of the most stressful aspects of any divorce case is the child custody arrangement and visitation schedule involved. When divorced parents share custody of their children, the judge reviewing the case will take multiple factors into account to develop a custody arrangement in the best interests of the couple’s children. Ultimately,
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How to Know if Your Marriage is Toxic

The idea you could be stuck in a toxic marriage can be very upsetting. Rather than making you regret getting married in the first place, however, use it as a sign that it is time to make a change. Recognizing the signs of a toxic or controlling marriage can be the first
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How Should I Discuss a Prenup with my Fiancé?

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract that states the stipulations of a divorce, should one occur in the future. Most couples who have prenups sign them prior to getting married. Prenups do not mean a couple plans on getting divorced. It is simply a form of protection one spouse may want
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5 Signs You are in a Controlling Marriage

If a romance starts to feel like restraints, you may have a controlling partner. Being with a controlling or manipulative partner can be toxic and emotionally draining. It could also be potentially dangerous. Controlling behaviors can sneak up on a relationship and come from any partner, any age or gender. The one
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How to Move Forward After a Divorce

Divorce takes an extreme physical, financial, and emotional toll on a person. You expected to be with someone forever, but things just didn’t work out. Divorce can be painful, depressing, and hard to recover from. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Taking care of your physical and mental wellness
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Is San Francisco Too Expensive for Divorce?

The cost of living in San Francisco is notoriously high, more than 60% higher than the average in the United States. Some couples who have recently divorced in the San Francisco area have reached the hard realization that affording the cost of living in the area is significantly more challenging after a
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Is Alimony Taxable in 2018?

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) goes into effect for the 2018 tax year, and parents who pay and receive alimony should know how the new tax law affects them. Previously, divorced individuals who paid alimony to ex-spouses could count these payments as tax deductions, and recipients had to report
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