Critique of Colorado Ethics Opinion on Collaborative Law
GAG ORDERS IN DIVORCE SETTLEMENTS MAY VIOLATE ETHICS RULES

Gay or straight, cohabitation ends alimony

A recent Virginia Court of Appeals decision emphasizes that the courts will enforce Virginia's legislation cutting off alimony when the recipient has a live-in partner, and that it doesn't matter whether the new relationship is gay or straight. The statute specifies that the cohabitation must be for one year in a "relationship analogous to marriage." The Court says that "analogous" does not mean "identical to marriage in every respect", and it also shows that it does not work to stay apart for a few days a year to try to keep the one year from running. My full analysis of the case and a link to the opinion are at http://familylaw.typepad.com/virginiafamilylawappeals/2007/03/separation_agre_19.html

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