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What is causing Huma's hesitation?

The political and personal plight of Huma Abedin is a story with many twists and turns. Most of the credit for the ongoing drama can be credited to her estranged husband Anthony Wiener’s well-known, if not serial online amorous antics.

The former congressman’s extracurricular activities seemed to quiet down after yet another sexting scandal ended his 2013 campaign for the New York mayor’s office. Three years later, Wiener returned to salacious banner headlines revealing an intimate texting session featuring a come-hither picture of him in bed while his son slumbered at his side.

Celebrity divorce: Timing is everything

Benjamin Franklin is famous for oft-quoted saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The man was well known as a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Designated by many as, “The First American" made Franklin one of our first celebrities.

Changes to military retirement systems and what you should know

Following a long-term study of the military retirement benefit, the Military Retirement Modernization Commission recommended significant changes to the retirement system. Those modifications could have a significant effect on spouses eligible for Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO).

The commission recommended changes to reduce government costs and require military members to contribute to their own retirement. The new system includes:

Pre-divorce conversations: Necessary, yet difficult

Part of wedding planning should involve a couple sitting down and asking each other various questions. Discussing issues up front can help strengthen the groundwork of a pending marriage.

Divorce statistics being what they are, at least half of married couples will have to deal with the end of their marriages. During that time, the last thing they want to do is talk, with or without help from a marriage counselor.

Issues to consider during a same-sex divorce

It has been almost two years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. And, as with all couples, legal marriage also comes with the right to divorce.

Although the same general divorce laws apply to same-sex couples, there are more complex issues to consider regarding legal decision-making, parenting time, and the division of property.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month

Since 1983, April has been National Child Abuse Prevention Month. "Building Community, Building Hope" is the theme for this year's month-long observance.

According to, the 2017 theme "acknowledges the tremendous power in communities to address the problem of child abuse and neglect."

Tax implications of a divorce

When you are going through a divorce, seemingly minor financial decisions regarding property division and support can result in tax implications - both now and in the future. It is important to consult your attorney regarding taking steps now to prevent tax penalties and future financial complications.

Put children's needs first in all family law matters

Divorce and other family law issues can be difficult for everyone, but it can be especially hard on children. It is a situation they cannot control, with the potential to change their lives and futures, so there is good reason to be concerned.

All too often, parents get so caught up in bad feelings toward each other that they forget what is most important: their children. Whether you are in a divorce or custody dispute, learn ways to ensure your children's needs are coming first.

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