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Tony Danza has filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Tracy, after 24 years of marriage, reported TMZ.  Although they have been separated since 2006, the ‘Who’s the Boss’ and ‘Taxi’ alum cited irreconcilable differences for ending the marriage.

The couple has two daughters, Katherine, 23, and Emily, 17, which means Danza waited just long enough to file so that he does not have to pay child support or deal with a custody battle. Even on the March 4 2011-filed court papers he checked “there are no minor children.”

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Buying a home from a divorcing couple can have its advantages and disadvantages.

Imagine putting an offer in on your dream home only to attend the pre-inspection walk-through to learn that a bitter, divorcing husband flooded the house the night before by leaving all of the faucets running. That actually happened with a New York home where the husband just didn’t want the wife to have money from the home sale proceeds.

We always hope that when we have an accepted offer on a home that we will actually close, but there can be hiccups along the way due to the family dynamics of the sellers. And when divorce is involved, fingers crossed that you’ll even get an accepted offer.

Read what the experts have to say about buying a divorce home.

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Victoria, Dennis and Marin Hopper

Victoria, Dennis and Marin Hopper in 2008

Dennis Hopper, who passed  away in May at age 74, was in the middle of divorce proceedings when he died of prostate cancer complications. Now apparently his adult off-spring from other marriages aren’t so happy that they have to share estate proceeds with the widow, Victoria Duffy, and the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Galen, reports HousingWatch.

This might seem like another Hollywood celebrity tale, but there’s a lesson every family can learn from the Hopper family struggles, whether you earn millions a year or just thousands.  (more…)

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Talk show host Larry King is divorcing 7th wife Shawn Southwick King, who cites irreconcilable differences in her April 14 filed divorce papers, part of which can be viewed at TMZ.  Papers for Larry, who filed a few minutes before Shawn, can also be downloaded at TMZ. The couple, who married in 1997, have contested issues.  (more…)

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In the old days you might find the father of the bride behind a two-barrel shotgun to make sure the groom walked down the aisle to make an “honest woman” of his daughter. Today your father-in-law might just sue you if you stray from his daughter. At least that’s the case with on Chicago attorney, initials C.S.

C.S., in a lawsuit filed in Cook County, is demanding that his former son-in-law, S.L., reimburse him for the $75,000 dad paid toward S.L.’s wedding to his daughter. In addition, he wants $1 million for the emotional pain he suffered when he learned S.L. allegedly cheated on his daughter and gave her an STD before their December 2009 divorce.  (more…)

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When interfaith parents divorce, religion of the children can often become a contested issue, even if during the marriage they had agreed on how to raise the children.

The issue can be further complicated when one parent converted to the religion of the other spouse before or during the marriage, but then wants to revert back to a previous religion after the marriage—and convert the children as well.

How courts handle the issue, if it is brought before them, can be a delicate balance of separation of church and state while respecting each person’s right to freedom of religion. (more…)

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A mother must spend 10 days in jail for signing her son up for a baseball league using his stepfather’s last name instead of that of his biological dad, the Alabama Court of Appeals ruled.

Lisa Preston was required to have her son use the last name of her former husband, Matthew Saab, when playing sports, according to the parties 2005 divorce decree, but in 2008 she did not use the Saab last name when she registered the 13-year-old.  She claimed it was the boy’s choice. But as we all know, children can be influenced. (more…)

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