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4 Legal Tips Ahead of Remarriage

You are divorced and you swore you would never marry again. But then time passes and you fall in love and this new mate seems really great. Should you just cohabitate for the rest of your life so as to avoid another divorce?

Or is there something you can do to ensure that you do not repeat past mistakes while still enjoying what is sweet about being together? Here are some legal tips for remarriage that may help you avoid trouble down the line.

While not specifically listed in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has recognized that certain reproductive rights are fundamental. But exactly what those rights are, and to whom and how far they extend, is still a matter of intense legal, moral, and political debate.

Here is where the law on reproductive rights stands now, and we're sure there are a few rights you may not have known about.

When he's not berating his imprisoned staff behind closed doors, Dr. Phillip Calvin "Phil" McGraw has a popular television show on which he berates invited guests. He also has a website, and via this website Dr. Phil dispenses a list of "Divorce Survival Tips."

Dr. Phil is not an attorney, although contributing author Areva Martin is. But that didn't stop her from posting some words of not-so-wisdom under the Dr. Phil banner.

In Divorce, Am I Entitled to Half of My Spouse's Retirement?

When you got married you imagined that you and your true love would retire together in Florida after a long and fulfilling marriage. But things did not work out and now you and boo are splitting up your lives and cutting your losses.

Are you entitled of a share of the money that your spouse put into a retirement plan when you were together? And if so, how will you collect, considering the many years left before this plan is tapped?

Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry. This was great news for same-sex couples in states that previously prohibited gay marriage, or those that were already married but living in a state that refused to recognized same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. This means that no state can prohibit same-sex marriage (although some keep trying), and every state must recognize legal marriages no matter where the ceremony was performed.

And while the federal government has given tax breaks to married gay couples for a few years now, all states must follow suit, and some states (mostly those that banned gay marriage previously) are playing catch-up.

Abortion Laws by State

Last week marked the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. And while that ruling made abortion legal nationwide, it also allowed states to regulate abortion, to a certain extent. Since Roe was decided in 1973, states have passed their own abortion laws, some of which require parental notification for minors, mandate waiting periods or counseling prior to the procedure, and restrict late term abortions.

And, as recent cases have shown, not only do these laws vary greatly by state, but they are almost constantly in flux. In fact, the Court will be hearing arguments on Texas's restrictive abortion laws this March. So where do these laws stand now, and are they likely to change?

Working out a custody and visitation schedule with your ex was hard enough -- the least they could do is abide by it.

Unfortunately, when one parent is interfering with custody or visitation, there are no easy answers to such a complex emotional and legal problem. But there are some better and worse things to do if your ex is denying visitation time.

The Legal Rights of Stepparents

Stepparents get a bad rap. From the very start, even in childhood fairy tales, we hear about strangers taking over families and torturing kids that are not their own. In fact, many step-parents are nice people -- or as nice as anyone else -- who show genuine love when caring for their partner's child.

It is reasonable then for stepparents to wonder what rights, if any, they may have with respect to these children they live with ... and what rights they might have if the family splits up again. Let's take a look.

5 Easiest States to Get a Divorce

If you are planning to get divorced, don't decide where to file based on cheap fees or fast processing times alone. Getting divorced is easier or harder in different states, and there are various waiting periods and restrictions depending on the location.

But your major considerations will depend on the specifics of your situation -- whether you have children or property to split and whether you will be seeking spousal support, among others. Still, let's look at the 5 easiest places to get divorced, based on the combination of cheap filing fees and fast processing times, according to the Huffington Post.

Commercial surrogacy sounds like a simple plan on the surface: a person or couple who can't otherwise have a child agrees to pay a surrogate mother to carry a baby through pregnancy. The person or couple now has the child they always wanted and the surrogate mother has been compensated.

But it's not always that easy, as recent cases in California have shown. There, two women carrying triplets were asked to abort one of the fetuses. One was even threatened with legal action if she didn't, and filed her own lawsuit to prevent a forced abortion. So what rights do biological parents and surrogates have under surrogacy contracts, and do those cover abortions?