There are several reasons why people change their last names for marriage; the most common referring to the symbolic merging of two people into one family and under one family name. In our society, it generally makes it simpler to identify who is a member of which family by namesake alone. However, though the trend is moving in the direction of women no longer changing their birth names to join the husband’s family, there are still many who believe in the tradition. At divorce, however, there are several considerations that the families must make with regard to the last name: Should everyone revert to their birth names or maintain the married names as a symbol, in particular, to limit confusion for the children? This article will examine the legal, symbolic, and logical reasons to either keep the married name or return to one’s birth name at the end of the marriage.

Around the United States, it is up to each individual state to determine how their marriage and divorce proceedings will be implemented. This can provide a situation where one state is considered to be strict while another is lenient on an issue, and potentially a situation where couples “jurisdiction-hop” so that they can get married and reside in a state that is more friendly to the needs of the couple.

It is known that adultery can cause significant emotional harm to a marriage. Whether one spouse discovers an affair or the cheating spouse admits infidelity in hopes of coming clean and starting anew, the situation can lead to substantial emotional harms. There may be trust issues for the rest of the marriage, the non-cheating spouse may look for revenge or may self-destruct, the children may find out about the affair and turn against the cheating parent – these are just some of the outcomes that occur as a result of adultery. There are also serious financial consequences that may result due to the infidelity.

Blended families have been on a significant rise with the popular trend of many divorcees getting hitched a second and third time. A divorce may be traumatic for all parties, with the stress and possible acrimony related to the splitting of the marital assets and figuring out who gains custody and the parental responsibilities, but children who are involved in the tug of war feel it more acutely. Children who are part of a blended family have different concerns when it comes to the divorce of their parent and their stepparent. Largely, blended families where there is a stepparent could mean that post-divorce, the stepparent could just disappear because, without adoption and other legal or genetic ties, there may be no role for the stepparent at the onset of the divorce.

The Ashley Madison hack has left quite a disastrous aftermath for the families of those men (and women) who were signed up for the service. In the wake of the aftermath, serious consequences have emerged that go beyond the heartache and loss of trust that has been seen in couples. In the last week, there have been reports of two men who committed suicide with their Ashley Madison presence being linked to the reasoning behind their suicide; in addition, the government and military have decided to get involved to discover and court-martial those military men and women for their indiscretions.

The recent software hack on the website Ashley Madison, a website that is created to help married persons find a partner for an extramarital affair, will have serious ramifications in the family law realm. The hackers of the extramarital online dating website put out 37 million account holders, their credit card and billing information, their sexual proclivities and online tracks for the world to see, and with a click of a button, suspicious spouses may enter their spouse’s information to find if there is a match. The question that is on many individuals’ minds, both the spouses involved and those in the family law arena, is: “What will this mean for divorce?”

Divorces happen due to several reasons, and though significant to each couple, usually the divorce stems from certain factors that are seen time and time again. Money and financial circumstances constitute one of the most likely factors that will send a couple to a divorce attorney. Largely, each spouse may have different views on how money should be saved and spent, or the couple may have been through a financial hardship like bankruptcy or medical bills, among other situations that may arise. One of the things that can create a rift is when the couple owns and runs a family business together where each spouse has a role in the business, and they collectively share the profits of the company.

When you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, there are many considerations that must be dealt with when going forward with the dissolution of marriage. Though you and your spouse may be amicably separating, this does not mean that you both can share the same attorney. Though divorce may be a costly measure, the longer the couple has been together, the amount of shared assets between them, any income disparity between them, and the number of children involved will make the divorce more difficult than just writing out a list and assuming your interests will be protected. However, the divorce can be made simpler when no children are involved. and the number of shared, marital assets is limited.

The Constitution protects a significant number of rights and liberties as fundamental; fundamental, thought of in these terms, means that there is little to no right of the government to interfere with this right at issue…unless there is a significant government interest that trumps the right itself. Marriage and family rights are fundamental rights; the Constitution has made rights related to marriage and family of the utmost importance and the government must prove that it has a compelling reason to interfere with that right. When it comes to family, the compelling reason for interference may be related to a threat or potential for harm.