Archive for January 2017

Why American Surrogates Are in Demand for Chinese Families

Commercial surrogacy is banned in most of the world – including many U.S. states – and for a long time, infertile couples, singles, and homosexual couples only had a few options to turn to when it came to finding a international surrogate. India, Nepal, Thailand, and Mexico were a few countries where surrogacy services are…

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How Common Is Divorce And What Are The Reasons?

In the United States alone, research has shown that 40-50% of first marriages will end in divorce or permanent separation. The risk of divorce for second marriages is even higher at 60%. Although divorce has always been common in American society, divorce has become more common over the last 50 years, and the divorce rate…

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Why Should You Consider Surrogacy in the United States?

The surrogacy industry is constantly growing larger, especially with the cost of surrogacies rising in the US. Unfortunately, this leaves families who just can’t afford to do so in the dust. Alternatively, families who do have the money but live in a country in which surrogacy is illegal have an equal but opposite problem. Their…

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Are Prenuptial Agreements Out of Date?

A prenuptial agreement – also known as an antenuptial agreement or a premarital agreement, and commonly shortened to “prenup” or “prenupt” – is a contract entered prior to marriage or civil union. Older generations have tended to shy away from prenups, but as it turns out, millennials are now taking advantage of the benefits of…

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International Prenuptial Agreements

Entering the 21st century allowed easy access to the entire globe. A result of this international experience is the rise of international marriages. Many who enter into international marriages consider the laws of these differing countries and turn to prenuptial agreements to protect themselves or their assets. These agreements serve as valuable documents throughout the…

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Missing Spouse Divorce

Sometimes, at the end of a marriage, one spouse moves out of the house, never to be seen again. When this happens, can a divorce still be granted? Divorces are a form of lawsuits. In order to complete a lawsuit in California, the other party must be provided legal notice of the proceedings through a…

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Grandparent Visitation in California

Child custody and visitation rights cases happen on a very regular basis in the United States. It is often assumed that these proceedings affect the two biological parents that go through the court system and all of their immediate offspring. However, this is not always the case. Today, child custody proceedings take a variety of forms…

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Same-Sex Parent Adoption Recognized By Supreme Court

On March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court, in V.L. v. E.L., recognized second parent adoption, which allows a second parent of the same gender as the biological parent to adopt a child without terminating the biological parent’s parental rights. In the case, two Alabama women were involved in a relationship from 1995-2011. Using assisted reproductive technology,…

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The Fight for $15 and its Policy Impact with Labor Law Enforcement

As cities and states experiment with increases in minimum wage, enforcement strategies are evolving to meet the challenges of this labor equality movement. Since the end of 2012, workers and labor organizations have been fighting to raise minimum wage across the nation to reverse growing wage inequality. Their efforts fought heavily in the public eye,…

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California Spousal Support in Long Term vs. Short Term Marriages

Spousal support (also known as partner support for registered domestic partners) is money that one spouse pays to help support the other after the filing of a dissolution or legal separation. When a married couple divorces after building a lifestyle together, a court may require the higher earner—whether the husband or the wife— to assist…

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