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.
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.
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.
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.