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November 2012 Archives

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry Reach 'Amicable' Agreement

Halle Berry's bizarre custody saga has finally come to a close. For now.

A peaceful end, thankfully, as Gabriel Aubry and Halle Berry have come to a mutual agreement. According to The Montreal Gazette, the dueling duo has reached an "amicable" arrangement regarding the custody of their daughter, 4-year-old Nahla.

Halle Berry's Daughter Gets Court Appointed Counsel

The Halle Berry custody battle couldn’t get any weirder, could it?

Last week, Berry’s ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, showed up at her door in Hollywood Hills. He was purportedly thrashed by Berry’s present beau, Oliver Martinez, reports Fox News.

Aubry suffered a fractured rib and several bruises to the face. His injuries required stitches. But in the end, Aubry, not Martinez, was arrested, on suspicion of battery, reports Fox.

Divorce Could Cost You Your Health Insurance Plan

Divorce isn't only about marital discord. It's about money, too. With divorce comes many financial issues.

When dividing up the financial situation of a family, there are many cases where health insurance factors in to the divorce equation. According to the AARP, many women lose their health insurance in a divorce.

The exact number, according to a University of Michigan study, is 115,000 American woman who lose their private health coverage post-divorce.

NASCAR's Danica Patrick Announces Divorce

NASCAR racer Danica Patrick is calling it quits from her husband, Paul Hospenthal, reports Extra.

The couple married seven years ago in Arizona.

Danica Patrick’s net worth is estimated at $18 million, Extra reports. Now, the question on everyone’s minds is how the couple will divide their assets.

Texas Supreme Court OKs Do-it-Yourself Divorce Forms

Big news out of the Texas Supreme Court for would-be-divorcers.

The Texas Supreme Court issued a 5-3 decision allowing standardized "do-it-yourself" divorce forms for lower income couples who have trouble paying the fees of Texas divorce lawyers, reports The Dallas Morning News.

For low income Houstonians, the need to hire a Houston divorce lawyer will be diminished -- somewhat.

British Woman Divorces Husband After Reading Fifty Shades of Grey

Recently, we talked about the divorce story coming out of China, where a man divorced his wife for being too ugly.

Now, we have a case coming to us from across the pond. In the United Kingdom, a woman is allegedly divorcing her husband because he wouldn't engage in sexual acts from the book "Fifty Shades of Grey," reports Vanity Fair.

Does an Adopted Child Have Inheritance Rights?

Does an adopted child have inheritance rights, once the adoption decree is finalized?

The simple answer is yes, but it gets a bit more complicated than that. Does an adopted child inherit through his birth parents, his adopted parents, or through some combination of the two?

Laws about the inheritance rights of adopted children vary state by state. But for our intent and purposes, we'll look to Texas law to answer the question.

Texas CPS Under Investigation After Girl's Death at Air Base

Child abuse is normally the task of Texas Child Protective Services to investigate. But who investigates CPS when they drop the ball?

Texas' Child Protective Services is under investigation, reports The New American. Accusations are flying that agency officials dropped the ball and withheld vital information in a child fatality case.

As a result, police are all over the CPS now, conducting searches and seizing files to assess what happened.

Man Divorces Wife for Being 'Ugly': Can This Happen in Texas?

Here's an oddball Beauty-and-the-Beast tale from across the world: A man in China reportedly divorced his wife for being ugly. And the judge agreed with him, granting the divorce, writes Technobab.

Didn't the man realize that his wife was ugly when he married her?

Apparently not. In fact, that's where the alleged controversy begins. As the story goes, the man married a woman whom he thought was a beauty. But it turns out that "Belle" had undergone extensive plastic surgery.

How did he find out? When the couple had a baby. The husband described his tiny bundle of joy as being ugly, and claimed that his wife must have had an affair to produce such ugly offspring.

Still No Divorce Papers for Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore

While Ashton Kutcher has allegedly moved on from his marriage with Demi Moore, TMZ reports that there has been no real move towards a divorce.

At least, no real legal move.

The couple split a year ago. Yet despite reports of the couple haggling over finances, there are still no reports of a divorce filing.

What's going on?