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Splitsville? How to divide property in a divorce

By Geoff Williams (Reuters) - When Rick Buchler and his wife split up two years ago, they decided she would remain in their house near Stockton, California, and he would leave. The couple had no children, and Buchler's wife, a pediatrician, wanted to stay in the marital four-bedroom home with an in-ground pool since she could manage the mortgage payments. "The divorce settlement said specifically that I am no longer liable for the home," Buchler says.

Russia mulls higher divorce fees to prevent ill-fated unions

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has backed a proposal to make divorce far more expensive as a way of discouraging ill-considered matches, state media reported Tuesday. "The motives (for the suggestion) are understandable: switch on your brain when you're getting married, otherwise there's going to be material penalties," the prime minister said.

Pakistani sisters kill themselves over dowry

Four Pakistani sisters killed themselves after a row with their father who could not afford dowries for them to get married, officials said on Friday. The women threw themselves into a canal after arguing with their father in Mailsi, a town in the rural southern part of Punjab province. A fifth sister was pulled alive from the water. "A poor farmer, Bashir Ahmed Rajput, could not marry his five daughters because he had no money to offer dowry," Malik Daud Hasnain, a senior police official told AFP.

Millions on the line as divorce trial involving Canucks owner set to begin

VANCOUVER - The personal and business affairs of one of Canada's NHL owners is about to be thrown into the public arena in a high-profile divorce trial that will offer a glimpse into Francesco Aquilini's private life, his failed marriage and his financial stake in the Vancouver Canucks.

For gay couples, divorce equality is also a trial

By Geoff Williams (REUTERS) - Gay couples rejoiced last week when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and cleared the way for federal recognition of same sex-marriages. They should push for divorce equality, too. That's something Jason Dottley, a Los Angeles pop singer and actor, would like to see. He filed for divorce in April 2012 from his husband, Del Shores, a film director and playwright. Dottley and Shores married in 2008, a brief time of marriage equality in California.

British teacher who ran off with pupil facing divorce

The wife of Jeremy Forrest, the British teacher who was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for abducting a 15-year-old schoolgirl after they fled together to France, is seeking a divorce, his sister said Tuesday. Carrie Hanspaul told ITV's Daybreak programme that Forrest, 30, and his wife Emily had a "very difficult relationship". "Divorce proceedings are going through, which she initiated," she explained. A jury on Thursday found Forrest guilty over the episode in which the pair spent seven days on the run, sparking a high-profile international search.

Oil tycoon's ex-wife wins landmark UK divorce ruling

By Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - The ex-wife of a Nigerian oil tycoon won a landmark divorce settlement battle in the UK's Supreme Court on Wednesday in a closely watched case that had raised concerns about the accessibility of corporate assets in wealthy divorces. Family law practitioners and wealth managers were watching to see how the court could issue a fair judgment without piercing the legal "corporate veil" which treats companies and their shareholders as separate entities.

Gray divorces rising as more baby boomers opt to end marriages

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Baby boomers, the post-World War Two generation that redefined traditional values and forged changes in lifestyle and social mores, are doing it again - in divorce court. A poll of American divorce lawyers showed that 61 percent have seen an increase in the number of gray divorces among people over 50 in the United States. Nearly a quarter of gray divorces were initiated by wives, compared to 14 percent by husbands.

Let's Talk: Survey finds moms lead in discussing family financial matters, dads take back seat

BOSTON - Who's better at getting a family to talk about money matters, mom or dad? Taking sides probably won't make for a harmonious Mother's Day celebration on Sunday.

Mum and dad equally good at recognising baby's cry

French researchers on Tuesday dealt a blow to folklore that says mothers are better than fathers in recognising their baby's cry. The "maternal instinct" notion gained scientific backing more than three decades ago through two experiments, one of which found that women were nearly twice as accurate as men in identifying the cry of their offspring. But the new study says men and women are equally skilled at this -- and accuracy depends simply on the amount of time that a parent spends with the child.
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