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Acceptance of divorce rises, while divorce rates fall

Divorce used to be seen as a shameful subject in this nation -- at the very best, it was a sign of a personal failure. At it's worst, it was seen as a moral failing as well.

Those days are now long past -- divorce is now seen as morally acceptable by most people -- including among married couples and older Americans, both groups that have traditionally opposed easy divorces.

3 quick tips to make summer trips easy despite custody issues

Planning a family vacation can get complicated even without custody agreements to work around, so it's no surprise that summer sees an uptick in the number of disputes that end up heading to family court.

In order to stay out of family court this summer, make the following tips part of your vacation plans:

Child support and incarceration: Important facts to know

What happens to your child support obligation when you're incarcerated? This is something that confuses a lot of people -- and can lead to serious additional complications that can make it harder to get back on your feet once you've served your sentence unless you handle the issue correctly.

Here are the most important facts you need to know:

Fiduciary Duties of Managing Community Property: What a Managing Spouse Must Know

Under California law, spouses owe each other certain duties both during the marriage, and after separation before the property is divided. These duties are fiduciary in nature, and held to the same standard as those between business partners. Family Code section 721(b) states in pertinent part that: "...This confidential relationship is a fiduciary relationship subject to the same rights and duties of nonmarital business partners...included but not limited to the following: 1. Providing each spouse access at all times to any books kept regarding a transaction for the purposes of inspection and copying; 2. Rendering upon request, true and full information of all things affecting any transaction which concerns the community property. Nothing in this section is intended to impose a duty for either spouse to keep detailed books and records of community property transactions, and 3. Accounting to the spouse, and holding as a trustee, any benefit or profit derived from any transaction by one spouse without the consent of the other spouse which concerns the community property."

The risk of parental abduction: How likely is it?

Sometimes, a parent who is engaged in a volatile and bitter custody battle will momentarily lose all sense of perspective and decide that abducting the child is a wiser course of action than trying to fight about it in court.

What are some of the risk factors that indicate it could happen to you and your child?

How to survive a divorce from a narcissist

Narcissistic personality disorder is a real psychological problem that can have devastating emotional effects on the entire family.

Studies indicate that about 8 percent of men and 5 percent of women have narcissistic personality disorder -- and it's a condition that really has no cure (especially because the narcissist is never convinced that he or she has a problem). If you've finally decided that you need a divorce, you can just about guarantee that you aren't going to have an amicable one that's resolved through something like mediation.

Could looming divorce change Zynga's power structure?

The founder and chairman of Zynga, which is arguably the world's favorite developer of online social games like Farmville and Words With Friends, is getting a divorce.

Like many people with a lot of assets, he had a prenuptial agreement drawn up before he married his wife. However, his wife is challenging its terms. If she's successful, that could mean that the man who now owns 70 percent of Zynga's shareholder vote could eventually lose the tight control he has over the company, since he may have to liquidate some of his holdings in order to divide up his property evenly under California's law.

Jason Patric wins appeal establishing paternity

Fatherhood isn't easy, but for some men it's hard just to win the right to be one.

In California, there is no automatic right to paternity when the parents are unmarried. Legal fatherhood can only be achieved by voluntary acknowledgement or a finding of paternity by the court.

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