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Can a child represent a parent in a divorce case?

When you come to the realization that your marriage is going to end in divorce, one of the most important things to do next is decide who will represent you. Of course, you want to find an experienced family law attorney who you can trust. But would you ever think of hiring your son or daughter? One parent did, and it led to a surprising state Supreme Court decision.

Essentially, what happened is that a couple decided to file for divorce and the father retained the couple's son as his attorney. While it is common for attorney children to help out their parents with legal matters, getting into the middle of their parents' divorce is anything but common.

Pro San Diego football player facing child support lawsuit

Child support enforcement is something that the state of California takes very seriously, as one professional athlete now knows. A defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers is the subject of yet another lawsuit concerning child support obligations. It is the third such case Cam Thomas has faced in the last eight months.

The suit was filed by San Diego County following claims by a women who has recently given birth and suspects the pro football player is the father. Thomas has already released a statement through an attorney indicating that he is working with the mother of the child and is prepared to meet whatever child support obligations come his way.

Divorce leaves fate of fitness company up in the air

Divorce can be a messy and complex process, especially when a business is involved. Take the divorce of the creator of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, and his wife, Lauren Jenai Glassman. The founder claims that the fate of the $40 million global fitness business is in jeopardy if his wife is awarded a 50 percent stake.

CrossFit, which began in Santa Cruz, California, teaches short and extremely intense daily workouts using equipment ranging from kettlebells to gymnastics rings. There are 4,300-plus CrossFit-affiliated gyms across the world that have attracted a cult-following in just as many communities.

Report: Kardashian divorce won't be wrapped up by year's end

This week at a Los Angeles court hearing, the attorneys representing Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kris Humphries told a judge that it is unlikely the divorce will be settled before the end of the year. As you may remember, the Kardashian-Humphries marriage lasted only 72 days, which means their divorce will well-outlast their nuptials.

Kardashian filed for divorce on Oct. 31 of last year, and since then the two have been locked in a heated battle over whether the marriage was a fraud. Humphries claims it was and is asking the California court to annul their marriage. Kardashian denies that she married Humphries for anything other than love and is asking for a standard divorce.

How to keep your credit score safe following divorce

As a recent article from MSN Money reported, many people are curious as to how their divorce will affect their credit. This is an important question as newly-single people often must rely on their credit score to secure their own house, car or credit card. The good news is that the divorce itself does not impact your credit; the bad news is that divorce also doesn't completely protect your credit.

This is because no matter what it states in your divorce decree, creditors can still hold you responsible for debt you or your spouse acquired during the marriage. For example, even if your divorce decree awards your spouse an automobile and holds him or her responsible for the loan, the creditor could still come after you if your spouse defaults on payments.

Stevie Wonder files for divorce in California court

Stevie Wonder is an American recording artist who has released dozens of songs about love, relationships and heartbreak over the past several decades. But right now, it is likely the songs about heartbreak that are standing out in the musician's mind after he filed for divorce from his wife in late July after 11 years of marriage.

It became evident that the couple's marriage had hit a low note in 2009 when Wonder filed for legal separation from wife Kai Millard Morris, citing irreconcilable differences. But on July 26, the singer took ending the relationship one step further by filing for divorce in California court.

This month is Child Support Awareness Month in California

The month of August has been set aside as national Child Support Awareness Month. Child support is something that plays an extremely important role in the lives of countless children and parents in the state of California. Child support provides both financial coverage as well as medical support for children of unmarried parents.

In California, child support payments are calculated by state guidelines. The guidelines use a complex formula to determine how much the non-custodial parent will owe to the parent providing primary care of the child. The formula takes into account the income of both parties, the parenting time arrangement, child support being paid for other children and many other factors.

'Real Housewives of Beverley Hills' couple calls it quits

Another couple from the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills is reportedly calling it quits. E! Online has confirmed that Dr. Paul Nassif filed for legal separation from wife Adrienne Maloof in California court on July 30. The couple was married for 10 years.

Nassif, who is a well-known plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, asked for joint physical custody of the couple's three children. He listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the break-up in the court filing. Maloof was reportedly caught off-guard by the filing, but promptly said she would be seeking primary custody of the children.

Why some women are better off financially after divorce

Many women hesitate to file for divorce, fearing that they could be putting their financial futures at risk. While this might be true for a few, a new study suggests that some women who are well-off actually end up benefitting fiscally from divorce. Additionally, it suggests that these same women feel more involved with their finances post-divorce.

The study was conducted by the financial consulting firm Spectrem Group, and revealed that 62 percent of women worth $1 million or more said that they benefitted financially from their divorces. Another almost 75 percent said that they became "knowledgeable or very knowledgeable about investments" after their divorces.

Terrell Owens avoids jail time by paying child support

In March, we wrote about football star Terrell Owens and the legal trouble he was in for not paying child support. The six-time pro-bowler was facing jail time for failing to pay the mother of his 7-year-old daughter child support for months on end. Many states, including California, use jail time as a child support enforcement method.

However, it appears that Owens will remain a free man after he reportedly paid the back child support he owed, and agreed to pay his ex's legal fees.

Attorneys for the football player and his ex were able to reach an agreement before a court hearing last week. Owens was in hot water with the judge overseeing the case after failing to show up for a scheduled hearing on the matter the week before.

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