Remember to Update These Documents When You Get Divorced
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Remember to Update These Documents When You Get Divorced

There are just a ton of legal, financial and medical documents you’re expected to keep track of to help protect and provide for you (and your family) in all kinds of different situations. It can be overwhelming to try to understand and manage it all - especially when you're going through the divorce rollercoaster of emotions. 

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Should Jodi Arias be sentenced to lethal injection?
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Love & Crime: Why Jodi Arias Is Lying About Wanting To Die

The verdict is in and we can all take a collective breath. Last week, the jury announced their verdict: Jodi Arias is guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander back in 2008. Today, the trial officially moved into another phase to determine whether or not she could be sentenced to death. She has already very openly said that "death is the ultimate freedom" ... but what's really going on inside the mind of this femme fatale killer?

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Should prostitution be legal?
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Secret Service Sex Scandal: Should Prostitution Even Be Legal?

I woke up to my TV blaring a news report recounting the details of the Secret Service scandal with Colombian prostitutes, detailing how some were fired, others were allowed to resign, and eight remain under investigation. After pounding my fist into the pillow a few times, I ran to turn it off. My TV is programmed to turn on automatically at 7:30 a.m., and sometimes I think it shouldn't be.

Learn To Love The Prenup
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Learn To Love The Prenup

It sounds unromantic, but more and more women have stopped worrying and learned to love the prenup. Not only can a prenuptial agreement protect you from the unthinkable, Corinne Asturias reports, it can tell you all about the person you are planning to marry. " We know that, in the U.S., half of all marriages will end in divorce. We know that none of those newlywed couples beaming with promise from the wedding pages dream a split is in their future. We know that when things go awry in an intimate relationship, they can go from harrowing to hideous, overnight. And we know that under the cold, steely gaze of the law, fairness can be reduced to a fairy tale. And yet, when one person in the relationship brings up the notion of a prenuptial agreement, it's like offering up a shot of ipecac even though there's no poison in sight."

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The Legal Side of Love

If moving in together is a conscious objection to having the government involved in your union, the thought of contracts and judges may be particularly irksome. But for better or worse, the institution of marriage has laws that govern things like property rights if the couple splits. No matter how committed your bodies, hearts and souls are, if you're living together as romantic partners, to the State, you might as well be roommates. In divorce proceedings, the court is apt to assume equal entitlement—or liability—for both partners, but if you separate having never signed a marriage certificate or a contract, it doesn't matter which assets you mixed or didn't, it's one person's word against another.

Divorce Laws, Demystified
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Divorce Laws, Demystified

Divorces are complex and confusing, much like the laws that govern them. Understanding the types of divorce and the laws the outline your rights is an essential part of protecting yourself during your split. Since these laws are set at the state level, differences from one state to another can have a huge impact on the process of divorce and how settlements are developed. For this reason alone, getting good legal advice from an experience lawyer in your state can be vital. Explaining every difference in state laws would take a library's worth of words. This article addresses the two most important things you must understand: What grounds for divorce are available in your state, and how will these choices affect you?

Breaking Up? How to Divide Your Stuff
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Breaking Up? How to Divide Your Stuff

Dividing property is one of the most difficult aspects of any split. Judge Roderic Duncan suggests some unconventional ways to divide your property without involving the courts or lawyers such as, flipping a coin. Explains Duncan, "Flip a coin and have the winner divide up all the items into two lists. Do not break up sets of things, such as dishes and tables with matching chairs. The loser of the coin flip then chooses which list he or she will take; the remaining list belongs to the listmaker." But if that doesn't work there is also a link to a site that can help you understand the legal aspects of dividing your property.