I have been involved with Divorce law and procedure for almost 50 years. I have seen many things come and go. It use to be called physical and legal custody and now it is called legal decision making and parenting time. We had advocated and used these terms before the law changed. It use to be assumed that the Mother always got the custody of the children and now there is more and more joint decision making and parenting time. Prior to 1973 there was fault divorce and now there is no fault divorce. It was a sham before this and it was a good change. Pensions were assumed to belong to the person who earned it. Now they are marital property subject to being divided. COBRA changed how health insurance could be used to cover someone with a preexisting condition. People stays married or were legally separated to keep their insurance. Now that has changed again with the Affordable Health Care Act with allows coverage of preexisting conditions. There did not use to be child support guidelines and now we have had them for many years. There use to be very few female attorneys and even fewer female judges and now there are as many female attorneys and as male attorneys and maybe the same for judges. A good thing. The basis for alimony is always in flux. Leave a comment if you can think of other things that have changed.
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