Navigating a long-term relationship with a spouse can be one of the most complicated and nuanced journeys many adults will ever make. It takes a willingness to communicate as well as exercising patience and understanding. The adventure, however, gets much more difficult (if not impossible) if spouses exhibit hostile or aggressive character traits toward one another.
The idea of the family unit has changed. Along with same-sex unions, not all parents of the opposite sex marry choose to marry. Moreover, the court no longer appears to have a gender bias when entering parenting time orders or granting decision making. Family law has adjusted to these changes over time, which means issues are not black and white but rather there are complex legal issues when it comes to determining parenting time and decision making based upon the best interests of the children. The key is to educate yourself and plan ahead so that unnecessary disputes do not arise at a later date.
Stepparents traditionally involve a variety of negative stereotypes. They are the villain who showed obvious bias toward their biological children. They are the adult who never wanted children. They are even the “evil step-monster.” However, stepparents have become a standard part of modern life as parents remarry or stepparents marry someone with children.
The 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969 was recently celebrated. This marked the birth of the LGBT&Q rights movement, but it was over 40 years before same-sex couples could legally wed.
Divorce often is a complicated, emotionally taxing process. It can become even more messy if you own your own business, or run a family business. How are you going to keep your business running if your spouse is your co-partner? How will a divorce settlement affect the health of your business?