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Payback & Alimony - getting reimbursed for your investment in your spouse's education and earning capacity.

Usually, marriage is a shared enterprise and a joint undertaking, but what happens when this enterprise goes awry? If one spouse put the other through higher education, what does she or he get in return for those contributions, when the parties divorce? While not the ideal remedy in every case, reimbursement alimony may be an available means to reimburse a supporting spouse.

What is my child's name supposed to be? If I change my name after my divorce, does my child's name change too?

When parents divorce, they can resume use of their prior surname, if they changed that name when they originally married. Nowadays, fathers and mothers might be facing the question of whether to resume a prior name, especially if they used the same name as their child during the marriage. Parents have the right to change their names; whether a child's name will change depends upon the parents and the Court. Even if parents are not married to each other, there are legal rights to decide the child's surname.

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