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What Adult Children of Divorce Want Parents to Know

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“I was always afraid of the squid and whale fighting,” Jesse Eisenberg’s Walt tells his therapist in The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical tale of two brothers caught in the middle of a nasty divorce between their literary parents. “I can only look at it with my hands in front of my face.” The title of the film evokes — all at once — the famous exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, how watching your parents argue can feel like a titanic clash between two beasts, and Walt’s realization in this particular scene: that in re-examining the experiences [...]

5 Ways to Reclaim Your Financial Power During Divorce

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Regardless of who filed, many women feel overwhelmed as they begin to gather financial statements and documents. The more they learn about their financial status, the more embarrassed and ashamed they feel. They may even feel defeated. The first onset of emotions often stems from not being involved in the financial landscape during the marriage. I work with women to help them step-by-step through that process to ensure they move out of the feeling of embarrassment and shame and into a place of feeling empowered on their journey through divorce. Here are five ways to help rise above overwhelm, take [...]

Unmarried mother to challenge benefits loss in UK supreme court

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A woman’s fight for access to a widowed parent’s allowance is testing the rights of unmarried couples across the country at the supreme court’s first hearing in Belfast. The state’s refusal to pay Siobhan McLaughlin the benefit amounts to discrimination against children born out of wedlock, the UK’s highest court has been told. The special needs classroom assistant from Armoy in County Antrim has four children: Rebecca, 15, Billy, 16, Lisa, 21, and Stuart, 23. Her partner, John Adams, a former groundsman, died from cancer in January 2014. She was refused the bereavement payment and widowed parent’s allowance because they [...]

Voluntary web-blocks in Japan lead to litigation

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Business News Digital Legal Top Stories By Chris Cooke | Published on Monday 30 April 2018 A Japanese internet service provider last week announced that it would voluntarily block its customers from accessing a number of piracy websites. This came after the country’s government urged such action while it considers how to formally instigate web-blocking as an anti-piracy measure. However, now said ISP is being sued over allegations that those very web-blocks breach Japanese privacy laws. Web-blocking, of course, has become an anti-piracy tactic of choice for the entertainment industry in many countries, with ISPs being ordered to block access [...]

Responding to changing litigation demands

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Private practice litigators are seeing increasing involvement of in-house lawyers on files they once had domain over. Many see it as an opportunity to support clients and in the meantime retain the larger matters over time. Mark Harrington is seeing more in-house lawyers showing up on files where they didn’t before, even on more complicated cases. An insurance defence lawyer for Torkin Manes LLP, Harrington is a 30-year private practice lawyer who does work for companies that don’t necessarily have in-house departments. He’s seen a range of litigation trends over the years and watched in-house departments at insurance companies rise [...]