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An Oklahoma oil tycoon who amassed one of the world's largest private oil empires may soon be known for a more dubious honor: the priciest divorce in history.

Harold Hamm and his wife Sue Ann announced last year that they were divorcing after 25 years. Eight months later, however, the battle of Hamm's earnings over the course of the couple's marriage, estimated at $17 billion, continues in an Oklahoma City courtroom, reports CNBC.

How will the court determine whether the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Hamm is due a share of her estranged husband's earnings?

Back-to-school time can be a powder keg for divorced or divorcing parents, especially when it comes to dealing with child custody.

While "divorce season" kicks off on New Years Day, as two divorce-mediation experts write for The Huffington Post, divorcing or divorced couples with children will test their mettle when summer ends and the school year begins. Meeting with teachers may take a back seat to battling with your ex about taking your kids to school.

Help yourself, and your children, by avoiding unnecessary conflict and remembering to update your child custody arrangements. If you haven't done so yet, here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

The truth is, very rarely does a perfectly happy couple get divorced. Divorce, while in many ways onerous, can be a legal way to cut the cord and ultimately invite more happiness into your life.

The Huffington Post recounts more than a dozen ways in which divorce might change a couple for the better, including lowering anxiety and increasing happiness for each spouse. But it all depends on how you approach the actual divorce process.

Check out these seven legal ways to have a "happy" divorce that might work for you:

Palimony sure sounds an awful lot like alimony, and it also works in a very similar way.

Alimony, of course, refers to spousal support payments made by one spouse to another as set out in either a settlement agreement following a divorce, or in a court order. By contrast, palimony refers to similar payments, but between two people who lived together as a couple but were never married.

How does palimony work?

Divorce attorneys can be essential to getting you and your family to a resolution that brings you financial stability and closure, but it's pretty likely to cost you something. There are a variety of ways to pay a divorce attorney's fees, but specific quirks of family law make paying a divorce lawyer a bit different.

Don't be caught unaware about how to pay your divorce attorney, check out these five free factoids about attorney's fees:

A newly released study pits two beloved institutions against each other: social media -- specifically, Facebook -- and divorce.

The study appears in the July 2014 edition of the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Researchers analyzed the relationship between social media platforms, marriage satisfaction, and divorce, discovering that "Facebook penetration" is associated with "increasing divorce rates."

Facebook has certainly never been of great help to troubled couples, but is social media use really associated with divorce?

Disputes regarding child custody can be contentious and grueling, even under the best of circumstances.

Navigating the complex legal process with your child's future on the line can be stressful, frightening, and potentially riddled with hidden legal pitfalls. Having an experienced child custody attorney on your side can make a big difference in terms of both the outcome, and the toll taken by a protracted child custody case.

Why? Here are five things a child custody lawyer can do that you probably can't:

Moving to another state can be a stressful process. The last thing you want is to add the headache of estate law problems to your growing list of worries. But America is constantly moving. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 36 million U.S. residents moved between 2012 and 2013.

Give yourself a moment, put down the boxes, and read about three estate consequences of an out-of-state move that you may not have considered:

When facing divorce, mediation may be a fantastic alternative to an acrimonious adversarial proceeding. But what is divorce mediation?

Mediation is a cooperative form of dispute resolution that attempts to bring divorcing spouses to the realization that by working together, the easier it will be for them to part.

So what goes on in divorce mediation, and how does it work?

July 24 is National Cousins Day, a day to celebrate and reflect on the strong relationships between cousins. However, the law doesn't hold some relations between cousins in such high esteem; indeed, some may even be criminal. Marriage or sex, for example, may be completely out of the question.

So on this National Cousins Day, here are three things you should know about relationships between cousins: