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Blog Posts in October, 2011

  • What is a Civil Union?

    || 22-Oct-2011

    A civil union is a legal construct similar to but separate from marriage. Civil unions are designed to let same-sex couples share some of the legal rights of marriage, but these rights are often limited and not always recognized by employers and other agencies. Several states allow civil unions, but under the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, states are not required to recognize the civil unions of ...
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  • Knowing Your Visitation Rights

    || 21-Oct-2011

    Understanding your visitation rights as the parent without physical custody of your children can be difficult. In most cases, the parent without custody of the child or children (the non-custodial parent) can get frequent and meaningful visitations with their kids. Unless the parent with custody can show that visitation by the non-custodial parent would be bad for the child, visitation is ...
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  • Orders of Protection Offer Safeguards

    || 20-Oct-2011

    A restraining order is also known as an order of protection. When you obtain an order of protection from a judge, you help protect yourself from being assaulted, abused, harassed, or endangered by the person whom you obtain the order against. Depending upon the circumstances that you find yourself in, your order of protection can be used to have the abuser removed from your home by the police. An ...
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  • Getting a Restraining Order to End Abuse

    || 15-Oct-2011

    When someone is threatening you or your family, you should seriously consider seeking a restraining order. This is a legal document that prevents the abuser from approaching or contacting you for a set length of time. Such orders are often used for victims of domestic violence to keep them protected from their past abusers. To obtain a restraining order, you must go to the court, or hire a Long ...
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  • Advantages of Domestic Partnership

    || 7-Oct-2011

    Did you know that living with someone in a domestic partnership can actually make you eligible for certain legal rights? Depending on what state you reside in, you could be afforded certain rights just by registering your domestic partnership. While the term "domestic partnership" has gotten significant press recently in relation to same-sex couples, the term actually applies to any two ...
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