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Feminists around the world are asking whether or not China just took a huge step backwards? According to a September 7th, 2011 New York Times published article, China has reinterpreted a 1980 Marriage Law bill. The bill is now read to state that in the event a married couple divorces, any real property purchased prior…

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The economy has made an impact on society across the board, including on the average family’s living arrangement. Instead of getting married or divorced nowadays, more and more couples are turning to “cohabitation,” mainly because it is cheaper than a wedding or a divorce. However, when in a cohabiting situation there are still rules that…

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  You are cordially invited to Bonnie and Charles Bronfman’s party in celebration of their divorce. Divorce, that’s right, a party celebrating the couples’ divorce. But the Bronfmans aren’t the only divorcing couple that has started to follow this new trend, as reported in a May 13th, 2011 New York Times article. Many couples facing…

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Courts aren’t any closer to recognizing polygamist’s “spiritual marriages.” Warren Jeffs, a well-known polygamist leader, was sentenced to life in prison on August 9th for sexually assaulting two under-age girls, as reported in an August 10th, 2011 New York Times article. Warren Jeffs argued that under his religious beliefs the under-age girls were his wives…

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One of the key theories in economics is the ‘supply and demand’ theory, and it appears this holds true in marriage too. In an August 23, 2011 New York Times article, economist apply the ‘supply and demand’ theory towards finding a spouse. Under the supply and demand principle, when something is high demand the value…

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More and more Italians are making trips to Romania and other European countries, but they are not your typical tourist. They are what Europeans are now dubbing “Divorce Tourists” as reported in an August 14th, 2011 New York Times article. Divorce has been on the rise recently in Italy but under the Italian law, a…

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A father of three children petitioned the Appellate Division, Fourth Department court in an effort to modify his child support payments. The father was having difficulty finding employment within the scope of his skills, reported the New York Law Journal on May 2nd 2011. The father argued that his “unique talents” required him to broaden…

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Unmarried parents are becoming a new trend in American and fast. The New York Times reported in an August 16th, 2011 article the number of unmarried American parents has increased significantly since 1970. Currently it is more likely for children to have unmarried parents than divorced ones. Although the parents of the child may be…

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  A class-action suit brought against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s company for allegedly discrimination was dismissed, as reported in an August 17th, 2011 New York Time article. The lawsuit was brought against Bloomberg’s company for allegedly discriminating against women employees who have returned from maternity leave. The class-action included 65 women employees who all claim…

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  Most American parents dread having the “birds and bees” talk with their children. But according to a New York Times op-ed article published July 23rd, 2011, it is in the best interest of the family to open the doors of communication. A recent study conducted by Amy Schalet, an assistant professor at the University…

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  A Vermont bed and breakfast inn is facing hot water after refusing to allow a same-sex couple to use their facility for their wedding. According a July 19th, 2011 New York Times article the couple had made arrangements with the inn to use the location for their fall wedding. However, the inn abruptly canceled…

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  The attorney representing a polygamous family who recently filed a lawsuit spoke out in a July 21st, 2011, New York Times article. Jonathan Turley is presently representing Kody Brown, his four wives, and 16 children in their legal battle to legalize polygamy. Mr. Turley explains in the article that the Browns are not trying…

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Joe Levin is a New Yorker, a retired member of the Israeli army, a loving husband, a practicing Orthodox Jew, and a private investigator. No, this is not a new Law and Order or CSI spin-off television show. Mr. Levin is an extremely disciplined Orthodox Jewish man who happens to work as a private investigator…

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  Demands from the religious community have run over into the secular world for Aharon Friedman, as reported in a January 3rd, 2011 New York Times article. Mr. Friedman is the tax counsel for the Republicans on the House Ways and Mean Committee and a practicing Orthodox Jew. In the political world, Mr. Friedman is…

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Social networking has changed a lot of ways people communicate with each other. But now it has even changed the legal system. Many lawyers have started to investigate their clients, witnesses, and parties on both sides of the legal dispute. And now jurors can be add to the list of people to stalk-I mean watch.…

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Recently housekeepers have been in the news headlines for many scandals. From Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lovechild to Dominique Strauss-Kahn alleged sexual assault. These high profile personals have found themselves in a lot of trouble dealing with their housekeepers. But high profile persons aren’t the only ones that can get into trouble for misconduct regarding a household…

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  You are cordially invited to Bonnie and Charles Bronfman’s party in celebration of their divorce. Divorce, that’s right, a party celebrating the couples’ divorce. But the Bronfmans aren’t the only divorcing couple that has started to follow this new trend, as reported in a May 13th, 2011 New York Times article. Many couples facing…

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  Same-sex couples in New York are now entitled to more protections, rights and benefits now that same-sex marriages have been legalized, as reported in a June 28th, 2011 New York Times article. Partners in a same-sex marriage are now entitled, under state law, to automatic state-sanctioned protections and benefits. These benefits include, but aren’t…

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  One man is learning the value of paying his bills on time. Twelve days of interest on a missed spousal support payment could equal to over $750,000 owed to his ex-wife, reported The New York Times on June 27th, 2011. The Connecticut Supreme Court ordered Brady W. Dougan, the chief executive for Credit Suisse,…

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  “Brazil is taking over from Thailand as a premier sex tourism vacation spot,” said Kristen Berg, an official of Equality Now, in a New York Times article published on July 9th, 2011. A Georgia based fishing vacation company is facing a criminal investigation and charges for supplying their customers with illegal drugs and underage…

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  A New York court recently ruled against a husband who argued that the state of New York lacked personal jurisdictional over him, reported the New York Law Journal on June 6th, 2011. The husband was served a summons from his wife while he was visiting New York in October. The husband attempted to argue…

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  The typical family picture has changed occurring a June 2nd, 2011, New York Times article. Dr. Matthew Weinshenker, an assistant professor of sociology at Fordham University, stated in the article that the percentage of single-father families has increased 27% in the past decade. Dr. Weinshenker further explained that he believed the increase resulted because…

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  The Supreme Court has repeatedly struck down law after law that treated the genders differently. But one seems to have slipped through the cracks recently, as reported in the opinion section of the New York Times on June 19th, 2011. Under the current immigration laws, if a child is born out of the United…

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Lawyers are expressing concerns about the recently approved no-fault divorce law, including a new formula for judges for determining alimony, the New York Times reports, “Concerns on No-Fault Divorce,” The New York Times, Friday, October 8, 2010. Last year New York State finally adopted what is called the no-fault divorce statute. According to this new…

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  The nationwide class action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart by 1.5 million women employees was dismissed, as reported in a New York Times article on June 21st, 2011. The Court dismissed the case on the grounds that there was not enough evidence to prove that Wal-Mart had a nationwide policy or practice that led to…

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  The ex-wife in the case, Cedeno v. Cedeno, 24696-2008, argued that she was entitled to have her ex-husband cover her attorney’s fees due to their substantial income difference. However, the courts found that the woman’s fees could not be covered because her attorney failed to provide “adequate documentation” of the costs. Her attorney claimed…

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  The marriage is over. Bring out the checkbook. Many couples don’t realize the cost that can occur from settling a divorce. Getting both parties to agree and sign the divorce papers is generally the easiest part these days. In a May 4th, 2011, CNBC article the reality of how much a divorce can easily…

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  The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has sparked more controversy over how the House Republicans plan to pay for DOMA’s legal defense. As discussed in a New York Law Journal article, published June 15th, 2011, since February House Republicans have taken it upon themselves to support DOMA. House of Republicans took up the role…

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  Wiseguys avoid jail time. The New York Times reported in a June 10th, 2011, article “Probation, Not Prison, For Scalpers” that the owners and employees of the website Wiseguys would not be facing jail time for their fraudulent actions. The website owned by Kenneth Lowson and Kristofer Kirsch would purchase large quantities of special…

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Child support payments are payments made by the non-custodial party to the custodial party to help support the well being of the parties’ child(ren). The payment amount is determined by the court based on the number of children in the household and the total gross-income of the parties. The payments increase with the number of…

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You marry someone that is not an American citizen. That’s okay. American immigration laws allow your new spouse to petition for citizenship, and chances are they will be approved…that is unless the couple is of the same-sex. This appears to be the new hot button topic in immigration cases. A New York Times article, published…

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Before purchasing a piece of property a person should always check the property’s deed and mortgage history. This information can be easily found online at https://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/jump/acris.shtml. Here is a step-by-step guide in finding this information. Step-by-Step: 1) Click on the website listed above. It should take you a website called ACRIS 2) Next, click on…

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Before purchasing a piece of property a person should always check the property’s deed and mortgage history. This information can be easily found online at https://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/jump/acris.shtml. Here is a step-by-step guide in finding this information. Step-by-Step: 1) Click on the website listed above. It should take you a website called ACRIS 2) Next, click on…

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  The New York Law Journal reported on Friday, April 22nd, 2011, that the attorneys dealing with a divorce case between Steven Simkin and Laura Blank would be heading back to court in September or October to renegotiate the divorce settlement. The original divorce settlement included Mr. Simkin paying Ms. Blank half of a $5.4…

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New York was the last state to allow divorces to be filed under a no-fault claim reported the New York Law Journal on November 30th, 2010. This new amendment to the Domestic Relations Laws is written in the subjective view of the plaintiff. Allowing a divorce to be filed if one party under oath states,…

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A man is Boston is suing his former employer arguing that he was fired because he took time off to take care of his family under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the New York Law Journal reports, “Dechert Submits Answer in ‘Macho’ Culture Suit,” New York Law Journal, Friday, April 29, 2011, citing, Ayanna…

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New York was the last state to allow divorces to be filed under a no-fault claim reported the New York Law Journal on November 30th, 2010. This new amendment to the Domestic Relations Laws is written in the subjective view of the plaintiff. Allowing a divorce to be filed if one party under oath states,…

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Since the 1950s the number of married couples has been dropping significantly reported the New York Times on May 26th, 2011. Married couples used to be the majority in most states. But the newest Census Report has now determined that the opposite is true. The Census Report concluded that 37 states and the District of…

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