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February 2013 Archives

Baby boomer divorce requires strong retirement planning

There is increasing data that says divorce is on the rise among people 50 years and older, also known as the Baby Boom generation, but the divorce planning that goes into a gray divorce is quite different than that for younger couples. Unlike the older generations, divorcé(e)s in their 30s have a lot more time to save for retirement after the financial shock of ending a marriage. The older you are, the harder it is on your finances and retirement plans if you divorce.

Arkansas House votes to remove parental rights from rapists

While this blog frequently talks about child custody issues from the perspective of two Arkansas parents working through custody during a divorce, this is not the only context in which child custody comes up. There are many women in Arkansas who conceive children following a rape, many of which choose to keep their children. Though many people may assume that the mother would have sole custody of the child, especially if the father was convicted of raping her, but Arkansas law currently does not prohibit the father from petitioning a court for child custody.

Divorce, death and the complexities of property division

Most everyone in Lonoke County who is getting a divorce knows that Arkansas is an equitable property division state, meaning that a court will divide marital property with equity in mind. While this does not necessarily mean that it will be divided equally, it often is. There are some things, however, that are a little more difficult to divide, which is why anyone going through a divorce should work closely with his or her property division lawyer to ensure an equitable settlement.

No parental rights for rapists

Arkansas is one of many states who have recently passed legislation denying parental rights to convicted rapists of any child conceived as result of the rape. The legislation passed unanimously through the Republican-controlled Arkansas House of Representatives this Tuesday, setting the bill up for passage by the Republican-controlled state Senate.

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