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What's a good defense for domestic violence accusations?

If you've been accused of domestic violence and violent behavior and taken to court, one of the things you may want to do to defend yourself is to discuss why your acts were actually done in self-defense. Self-defense, as a defense in law, allows you to admit that you were violent or did participate in assaulting someone, but you can also show that you only did so to protect yourself. If you can prove that you were in danger, you may not be found guilty of domestic violence.

Are noncustodial dads as bad as they are portrayed in the media?

Men who don't pay child support and don't see their children on time or at all get a bad reputation in the media. The alleged negligent parent tends to be skewered in society's eyes, because it's believed that this is a person who would rather have fun than face responsibility. Are parents who act this way really that common, though?

Reasons to have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

Prenuptial agreements could seem like agreements for two people who don't fully trust each other or who want to be unfair, but that assumption couldn't be further from the truth. A prenuptial agreement protects both parties' best interests, and it can help a divorce move smoothly if one ever arises.

Affleck divorce shows why you shouldn't rush into divorce

Rushing into divorce isn't always a good idea, especially when you have many assets to split. However, there's another reason not to rush, especially if you're close to your 10-year anniversary. According to an article from June 2, divorcing before your 10th wedding anniversary can result in the forfeiture of any spousal benefits you could receive from Social Security.

How much does spousal maintenance cost after divorce?

Financial support is important after a divorce, but only if a person really needs it. No party should be getting more or less than they deserve, which is why the court has standards for ruling on alimony, better known now as spousal maintenance. Typically, a higher-earning spouse pays a lower-earning spouse this maintenance to help him or her get back into a comfortable financial position. It's meant to be a safety net, so most of the time, spousal maintenance won't be unlimited.

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