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Divorce has become a common life event that affects almost half of all first marriages. Divorce can be a painful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Many couples are able to split amicably and cooperatively. This can make divorce much easier on children, as well as reducing the toll, both emotional and financial, on the divorcing spouses. FindLaw’s Divorce News section is the premier source of legal news and analysis concerning divorce.

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  • Pope urges prejudices be put aside at start of family synod

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:44:17 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday urged the world's Catholic bishops to put aside personal prejudices and have the courage and humility to be guided by the "surprises" of God, as he opened a meeting on family issues marked by sharp divisions between conservatives and progressives.

  • Chicago police commander to go on trial for tough tactics

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:04:37 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — When a West Side neighborhood decayed into a deadly shooting gallery, the Chicago police chief said he was sending his "best guy" into the fray to turn back the drug- and gang-fueled violence.

  • Trial to begin for teen charged in teacher's rape, killing

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:18:05 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — One day in the fall of 2013, Colleen Ritzer asked one of her 9th-grade algebra students to stay after school. Hours later, the body of the popular, 24-year-old teacher was found in nearby woods, partly covered by leaves. She had been raped and her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Near her body was a note reading, "I hate you all."

  • Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:09:18 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.

  • Pope asserts marriage is forever at start of family meeting

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:15:48 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a divisive meeting of the world's bishops on family issues Sunday by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman. But he said the church doesn't judge and must "seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy."

  • Pope opens family meeting and sparks are expected to fly

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:05:06 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Few Vatican meetings have enjoyed as controversial a run-up as the three-week gathering of bishops on family issues that opens Sunday: There have been allegations of manipulation and coercion. Secret caucuses to plot strategy. A de-facto law passed to take the wind out of the debate. And on the eve of the synod, a Vatican monsignor outing himself, urging the pope to hear his voice, and denouncing widespread homophobia in the church.

  • Death row inmate at 16, later freed, she can't escape past

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:15:48 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — She slipped out of the house before dawn, leaving behind four handwritten letters.

  • Plea deal for embezzling suspect nabbed on Appalachian Trial

    Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:17:52 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal court filing shows that a plea deal has been reached in the case of an accountant arrested along the Appalachian Trail six years after he was accused of embezzling $8.7 million from his Cincinnati-based employer.

  • Police: New Hampshire woman was slaying victim found in 1981

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:22:49 GMT

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A slaying victim discovered more than three decades ago in Arizona has been identified as a New Hampshire woman and police are investigating her connection to a man convicted of killing his estranged wife.

  • Clerk jailed over gay marriage says pope encouraged her

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:44:54 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis met briefly with Pope Francis during his historic U.S. visit, an encounter she said validates her crusade against gay marriage.

  • After ruinous war, Syria regions may go separate ways

    Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:15:12 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria has already been shattered by more than four years of civil war, and with no solution in sight, some players on the ground and observers outside have concluded its fate will be to break up along sectarian or regional lines — in a best-case scenario, tenuously held together by a less centralized state.

  • Advocates say man facing execution in Missouri is innocent

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:56:36 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri risks executing an innocent man next week, advocates for Kimber Edwards warned Monday, citing a key witness who says his testimony was coerced and the inmate's contention that his own confession was false.

  • Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

    Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:29:40 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stood on a stage in a Washington, D.C., hotel Friday night and spread her arms triumphantly.

  • Reality show's ghost-hunting pair found dead after standoff

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:57:37 GMT

    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The bodies of a man and woman found in a barricaded apartment by police investigating an earlier Reno homicide were an estranged husband and wife who appeared as ghost hunters in the television show "Ghost Adventures."

  • Reality show's ghost-hunting couple dead in Nevada standoff

    Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:55:55 GMT

    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police stormed a Nevada apartment after a standoff and found a Nevada couple who appeared as ghost hunters in the reality television show "Ghost Adventures."

  • Man facing $8.7M embezzlement case hid on Appalachian Trail

    Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:46:18 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — He was known as "Bismarck," a genial, thick-bearded hiker who had become a familiar character along the Appalachian Trail over the past six years, and a regular at Susie Montgomery's bed-and-breakfast in a small Virginia town — until the day the FBI showed up.

  • Police: College shooting suspect left note of apology

    Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:28:39 GMT

    GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — A university instructor told police he killed his girlfriend at the home they shared in Mississippi, where investigators found a note that said "I am so sorry" and gave no hints that he was already headed a few hundred miles north to kill a colleague, police said Tuesday.

  • Campus mourns professor's slaying; police work on motive

    Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:00:12 GMT

    CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — The university professor accused of killing his girlfriend and a colleague was a well-liked teacher, a musician and a father, but also someone who had medical problems and recently asked for a leave of absence from teaching.

  • Suspect in 2 Mississippi killings dies of apparent suicide

    Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:28:27 GMT

    GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — After an intense manhunt, authorities in Mississippi said a college instructor wanted in the deaths of a woman he lived with and a university professor he worked with died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as police closed in on him.

  • Man dies of gunshot wound after killing professor, partner

    Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:45:23 GMT

    GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A college instructor suspected in the fatal shootings of a woman he lived with on Mississippi's Gulf Coast and a professor at Delta State University 300 miles away died Monday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after trying to flee police, authorities said.

  • The Latest: Police say shooting suspect dead

    Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:08:29 GMT

    CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — The latest on a shooting at Delta State University that left a professor dead (all times local):