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Watch for these signs of parental alienation syndrome

Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) occurs when children are manipulated into exclusively favoring one parent over the other -- to the point that they absolutely reject the targeted parent.

Ultimately, PAS is devastating to both the alienated parent and the children involved. The targeted parent is usually heartbroken and confused when the children suddenly refuse to have any contact with him or her despite a previously close and loving relationship. For their part, the children are put through unnecessary emotional turmoil and end up missing out on the love and support of the alienated parent. None of this matters to the parent that's manipulating things behind the scenes -- the children's needs take a backseat to his or her hatred for the targeted parent.

Celebrity's courtroom antics may have damaged his custody case

The custody trial involving media celebrity Alex Jones ended with the father of three losing physical custody of the children to his ex-wife. It's a rather dramatic turn-around, given that his ex-wife has had only occasional supervised visitation for the last two years.

We've previously discussed the question of whether or not the bombastic star of "Infowars" could lose custody of his children due to his on-the-air antics. His attorneys effectively dealt with the question of what their client was really like by trying to distance the man from the media persona he'd created.

3 tips to protect yourself financially in a divorce

If you had to, could you list off your family's income, assets and debts with a reasonable certainty?

If the answer is, "No," then you need to educate yourself financially before you initiate your divorce. Many times, high-profile couples have prospered together with one spouse taking the financial reigns and the other handling the home and children. When a divorce happens, the less financially-educated spouse often has no idea what sort of stock options the couple holds, what other investments they have or even what banks they're spread around. Sometimes they aren't even aware of property they own because the spouse handling the income bought it as an investment and didn't bother telling them.

Gray divorces: Why they happen and how to avoid them

Somewhere around 2007, a new phrase entered the vocabulary of the divorce attorney: "gray divorce."

It was once virtually unheard of for couples who had been together for decades to divorce, no matter how decayed the bonds of their matrimony -- now, it's becoming much more commonplace.

Immigrants tying the knot after signing a prenup

Because the current political climate has taken a darker turn toward immigrants, a lot of foreign nationals are "tying the knot" with their American brides and grooms almost impulsively.

Marrying a United States citizen is one of the quickest ways to achieve your lawful permanent resident status, or green card. However, an impulsive marriage could raise red flags with immigration officials, especially if it includes a prenuptial agreement.

Same-sex custody interference nets man 3 years in prison

A conservative businessman has been sentenced to three years in jail for helping a woman kidnap her biological child, flee the country and find new living arrangements overseas after she left a same-sex union and converted to a form of evangelical Christianity.

Is it a case of "no good deed going unpunished," as the defendant claims, or a deliberate act based on religious convictions?

Get an attorney's help to prove your ex-spouse is cohabitating

In Massachusetts, alimony can be suspended or terminated based on the fact that an ex-spouse has been cohabitating with someone else in a common household for three months or longer.

But what if your ex won't cop to the cohabitation? How do you tell if cohabitation is really happening or the whole thing is just your suspicions playing on coincidences?

Rape victims can be forced into family court to defend custody

It seems like something that should be impossible, but it isn't: A woman is raped and conceives a child during the rape. The rapist is convicted of the crime and the woman, whose religion prohibits abortion, gives birth to the child -- then has to fight her rapist for custody of the child.

This is the reality that is facing at least one woman in Massachusetts. While this victim has gone public with her plight, there are likely countless others quietly facing the same trauma in the state's family courts. While research is limited, studies indicate that more than 70 percent of rape victims who conceive eventually choose to give birth rather than abort the pregnancy.

Large donation leads to accusations of property division fraud

Hidden assets are a major concern for divorce lawyers. Not only are they illegal, they can end up causing major headaches down the road.

That's exactly what lies behind the troubles facing the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. The Institute was gifted a total of $63 million over the years by it's largest benefactor -- which certainly has earned him some significant accolades that he must value far more than the money.