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A Guide to Ethical Conduct

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Guide to Ethical Conduct
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has recently revised “The Bounds of Advocacy,” a publication which sets forth goals for ethical conduct in the practice of family and divorce law. Existing codes often fail to provide adequate guidance to lawyers. Family law disputes occur in a volatile and emotional environment, and parties in matrimonial disputes often need to interact for years to come. Potential harm to the children is a significant problem for which ethical guidance is also needed.


Employee Who Kept Spouse Enrolled in Health Plan Five Years After Divorce Found Liable for Fraud
Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reform Act of 1986 (COBRA), health insurance coverage provided by an employer can be continued for up to 36 months by an ex-spouse. Technically, this law applies only to employers with 20 or more employees. However, most states have laws that apply COBRA-type benefits to employees of smaller companies.


Haven’t Gotten Around to Changing Those Beneficiary Designations? A Word of Caution
Could life insurance or pension benefits meant for you go to a spouse from a previous marriage instead? A recent U. S. Supreme Court ruling (Egelhoff v. Egelhoff) makes this a potential cause for concern.


New Social Security Site for Women
Many life circumstances - marriage, divorce, widowhood, the birth of a child - have their own sets of Social Security rules. These rules can be confusing and daunting, especially for women who are applying for Social Security benefits for the first time. The Social Security Administration has recently launched Social Security Online for Women, a web site specifically designed for women.


Tennessee’s Novel Approach: Legislating Good Behavior
Think about it. What’s the biggest mistake people make during the divorce process? No, it’s not overlooking or improperly valuing certain assets. It’s simply behaving badly. While it’s easy to approach divorce with your heart and not your head, letting emotions rule can prolong a divorce, make it more costly and lead to settlements that are detrimental to both spouses.


Visitation Via Cyberspace: Is It As Good As the Real Thing?
Fathers rights groups are up in arms about a recent New Jersey case that could make it easier for a custodial parent to get permission to move away from the non-custodial parent. The fear is that this case could set a precedent, lowering the bar on other “move away” cases and alienating non-custodial parents from their children.




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