Judge Says Get Married or Go to Jail: Annulment for Marrying Under Duress

It seems like one of those kooky premises only found in romantic comedies. Unfortunately for one Texas couple, the threat was all too real. A judge in Smith County ordered a 19-year-old man to marry his girlfriend after he got into a physical altercation with her ex-boyfriend. Refusal or failure to do so carried a penalty of 15 days in jail. While the judge may have been well intentioned, his actions were illegal, and couples in this and similar situations can usually obtain a drama-free annulment based on duress. Read More 

Divorce: Should You Take Back Your Maiden Name?

Divorce provides you with many opportunities to make changes, and among them is the choice to revert back to using your maiden name. If you decide to do so, you should be aware that updating your important documents can be time-consuming and tedious, but for many the ability to make a fresh start with a new-old last name is worth the trouble. To help you make your decision, read below for 5 important points to consider. Read More 

5 Things You Need to Do If You’re the Victim of Domestic Violence

If you're the victim of domestic abuse, you may be afraid to seek help. Whether you feel that your partner will find you, or you don't know where to turn, you need to know that help is available. Here are four steps you should take to remove yourself from the situation and get the help you desperately need. Memorize Phone Numbers It can be difficult to  find phone numbers in the heat of the moment. Read More 

Heading For Divorce? 3 Things You Should Do To Prepare Financially

You're planning on filing for divorce. If you're not involved in an abusive relationship, you might want to do some pre-planning before you actually file the paperwork. Pre-planning will give you enough time to prepare emotionally and financially. Here are three steps that will help ensure you have some financial security when you file for divorce. Take Care of Your Bank Accounts If you and your spouse share a joint bank account, you'll need to open an account of your own. Read More