We have all heard the stories of people getting fired or reprimanded at work for what they post on social media. However, it's often still surprising to the general public how what you post on social media can be used against you. Even though some people seem to forget about the social part of social media. Many forget that everything or almost everything you post on social media websites is public or semi public and can be used against you in court.
With the advent of reproductive technology, divorcing couples in Pennsylvania and around the country are not only compelled to grapple with the question of who should have custody of their living children, but also what to do with their prospective children. The Missouri court of appeals is grappling with just that question as they hear arguments between a husband and wife over the fate of two frozen embryos created via In Vitro Fertilization. This dispute is between a former husband and wife over whether the woman should be permitted to have these embryos implanted and carry them to term.
Would you bet that your marriage will last forever? Swanluv is willing to take that bet. What's Swanluv? The new Seattle, Washington-based startup company is set to begin operating next month, in February 2016. Their business model is not only unique, but likely the first of it's kind.
Many individuals in the throes of a divorce hope and pray for a reconciliation. Although this does not often come, occasionally, love does conquer all, and parties reconcile. In the best case scenario, this happens before the parties have spent a lot of blood, sweat, tears and hard earned money in obtaining a divorce and well before a divorce is final. However, sometimes, distance makes the heart grow fonder, and parties reconcile after a final divorce decree is entered. For some, returning to life as usual minus the wedding ring is an acceptable compromise, and some use this as an opportunity to throw a lavish re-marriage wedding. However, in certain cases, the most beneficial solution is to vacate or "take back" the divorce decree. But is that legal?
Social media and celebrity gossip columns were ablaze after the announcement at this year's Country Music Awards that former country music power couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were never ever ever getting back together and Shelton was officially dating pop music bad girl, Gwen Stefani. Stefani herself had only recently ended her marriage to Gavin Rossdale. Though gossip rags alluded to conflict between the couples and everyone watched with bated breath to see how Lambert would handle the first public event after announcing her spilt from Shelton this summer, Lambert handled the situation with grace and poise and ultimately won the day and took home an award for Female Vocalist of the Year. Though everyone waited for either of the parties to officially comment on the new change in status, both remained largely mum. This follows the common trend with this couple who has only ever indicated that they "remain good friends" and kept any of their marital difficulties quiet.
Typically overdosing on herbal stimulants and cocaine in a Nevada brothel signals the end of a marriage not the beginning of a reconciliation. However, as we know, the Kardashians are never the type to do what is expected. Over the past few weeks, the Kardashians (specifically sister Khloe) have found their way back onto the front pages of gossip magazines as a result of estranged Kardiashian in-law and star NBA, Lamar Odom being found unconscious on the brothel outside of Las Vegas earlier this month. Despite a pending divorce action, Khloe and her family members rushed to Odom's Cedars-Sinai hospital bed after he was life-flighted to the Los Angeles hospital unconscious. The events became even more dramatic when various news outlets broke the news that despite reports, Odom and Kardashian were, in fact, still legally married.
Divorce can be a long and time consuming process that is not for the faint of heart. However, a recent bill proposed before the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee could result in a substantial decrease in the time, cost and headache of divorce proceedings in Pennsylvania. This bill, proposed by a Representative from Luzerne County and supported by members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, would reduce the current two-year waiting period under Pennsylvania's no-fault divorce law to one year.
Often the family law industry finds itself at offs with the Catholic Church, which has historically required a several step process and steep fees to have the dissolution of a marriage spiritually recognized by an annulment. Under Catholic doctrine, a marriage will not be formally recognized by the church as ended unless the parties seek an annulment. This would prevent either husband or wife from remarrying in the Church among other things and placed a large barrier in the way of the nearly 28,000 American couples who sought divorce last year. Though the Catholic Church still does not formally recognize divorce without a formal Catholic annulment, Pope Francis announced this week that he hopes to simplify and streamline the process allowing the more than 28% of Catholics whose marriages end in divorce to breathe a bit easier and putting a bit less strain on their pocketbooks as well.