Post-Pandemic Divorce Filings Keeping the Courts Busy

You might remember that, during the early days of the pandemic, many experts predicted divorce rates would rise as couples forced into close quarters would have to face any problems in their marriages. However, that surge in divorces failed to come to light, with the rates of divorce and marriage remaining stable or even dropping.…

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Kelly Clarkson Scores a Victory in Ongoing Divorce Battle

Singer-songwriter and television personality Kelly Clarkson recently received a big win in her ongoing divorce from estranged husband Brandon Blackstock. A judge awarded Clarkson ownership of the couple’s Montana ranch, although Blackstock currently lives there as his primary residence, and requested it designated as marital property. The two are divorcing after seven years of marriage.…

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What Determines if a Parent Is Unfit for Custody?

One of the more challenging parts of the divorce process is the decision of child custody. Both parents generally want to spend as much time as possible with their child, or children, and the court takes a number of factors into consideration when making their determination on parenting time. In extreme cases, one parent may…

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What Is a “Pet-nup” and Should I Have One in My Marriage?

We are all familiar with the idea of a pre-nuptial agreement. These are agreements, or contracts, couples put together before marriage to protect themselves and each other in the event of a divorce later down the road. Pre-nups are simply a fact of modern life, and shouldn’t be seen as an unromantic gesture or a…

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Signs You Might be Facing a High-Conflict Divorce

Under even the best of circumstances, divorce can be an emotional process. When you enter into divorce proceedings with good faith and intentions, if your spouse does not do the same, you may be dealing with what’s called a “high-conflict divorce.” High-conflict divorce, however, doesn’t have to take you by surprise, if you know what…

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Is a Domestic Partnership Right for Me?

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted a new trend in the area of love and marriage – domestic partnerships. Although the idea of domestic partnerships is nothing new, especially in the LGBTQ community pre-marriage equality, a movement toward platonic marriage is yet another way we can look at how we define “family.”…

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What Are Child Support Payments Supposed to Cover?

Whether you pay or receive child support, that monthly payment is financially important to everyone in your family. On average, according to the United States government, people pay around $5,760 per year in child support. When going through a divorce or split and determining child support, both parents should have a good understanding about how…

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Divorce

The world is forever changed since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold last year – the way we interact with each other, the way we work, and the way we do business have all evolved as the pandemic forced us into different ways of living. Even as more Americans are vaccinated, it’s likely to be a…

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What to Do if Your Spouse Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Living with someone who has borderline personality disorder (BPD) can feel confusing and cause anxiety in your relationship. It often leads to rifts in personal relationships and even poses problems in maintaining employment, which can lead to further turbulence due to financial woes. Understanding BPD will go a long way in determining whether your marriage…

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Meet Raylynn T. Best-James, McCabe Russell, PA’s New Associate!

McCabe Russell, PA is proud to introduce Raylynn T. Best-James, one of our new Associate Attorneys! Raylynn’s experiences practicing estate planning & administration, personal injury, and other civil matters, along with family law, give her a unique advantage in the courtroom and during negotiations. Her proactive approach and attention to detail has made her a…

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Religious Extremism and Seeking Divorce: What You Should Know

When you and your spouse no longer share the same beliefs as a result of him or her subscribing to what you consider to be radical ideals, sharing a household can become beyond difficult. We aren’t talking about a slightly different view on something or a difference of opinion on one issue; we are talking…

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Civil Unions Vs. Marriage in Government Retirement Plans

Relationships are complicated, but even more complicated can be making a relationship official by law. We don’t mean that the actual ceremony can be tough to maneuver; we mean that all of “fun” administrative issues that come along with life can become more complicated by legally merging your lives. Part of that complication comes in…

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What to Do When a Spouse Is in Rehab

The pressures of life can be difficult to handle and for some people, marriage can add unexpected stressors. Financial troubles, insecurities that your spouse could be getting attention elsewhere, and arguments that you aren’t holding up your end of your partnership can send a spouse into a downward spiral that includes substance abuse and addiction.…

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How Does My Divorce Affect My Stimulus Check?

In December, legislators agreed to a second coronavirus relief package, with direct payments of $600 to eligible adults, plus $600 per child dependent. Many individuals and families have already received their stimulus payments, and other payments are on their way. However, for couples in the process of divorce or child support disputes, this stimulus check…

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Falsifying Drug Tests for Child Custody Cases

How many times have you heard your child’s other parent claim he or she is sober, but you’ve seen the same signs of being under the influence so many times that you know it’s a lie? You have concerns about your child being around that parent but your fears have fallen on deaf ears so…

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How to Help Your Kids Through the Holidays After Divorce

Kids of divorce experience the holiday blues at least as much as newly single parents do. It can feel “weird” to split a holiday, or to only see one parent instead of both. This can leave kids feeling angry and frustrated at one (or both) parents and feeling guilty for not somehow making it all…

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