Category Archives: Marriage

7 Key Elements of Collaborative Divorce Participation Agreements

Collaborative divorce is all about trying to reach comprehensive out-of-court agreement on all the issues incident to a divorce. But before soon-to-be former spouses can collaborate, they have to agree to try to agree in the first place. Entering into a collaborative divorce participation agreement is a key foundational element in the collaborative divorce process.…
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What is a Husband or Wife? The IRS Is Ready to Answer

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage has become the law of the land. Federal laws and regulation are now being promulgated to effectuate recognition of same-sex marriage. In proposed regulations, the IRS has defined the terms “husband” and “wife” to be an individual lawfully married to another individual.  …
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What makes a marriage last?

What makes one marriage last and dooms another to divorce? The answer appears to be not only communications, but positive communications according to an Infographic illustrating the Science of a Happy Relationship. According to the findings put together by Happify: Happy couples have  5 positive interactions for every negative one, whereas couples who divorce have…
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New Jersey Court Allows Same Sex Marraige

A New Jersey judge ruled today that the state must allow same sex couples to wed.  Judge, Mary C. Jacobson of State Superior Court in Mercer County ordered that, “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.”  By not allowing same sex …
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A New York Federal Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

The Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutionally discriminates against married same sex couples ruled a New York Federal Court. Edith Windsor sued the federal government because it failed to recognize her Canadian marriage to Thea Speyer. Speyer died, leaving her estate to Windsor. Normally, inherited property would pass between spouses without the imposition of estate…
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