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September 2012 Archives

Tampa considers broadening domestic partnership recognition

Unmarried couples involved in long-term committed relationships face unique challenges. While marriage provides couples with certain legal protections and benefits when it comes to family law, including hospital visitation and access to children, unmarried domestic partners are not automatically afforded the same rights. When Tampa introduced legislation allowing unmarried couples to register for a package of domestic partner benefits two months ago, cities and counties around Florida quickly followed suit. Tampa lawmakers are now considering whether to recognize partnerships registered elsewhere.

Mel Gibson to hand over chunk of pensions to ex-wife

As some Florida residents may have heard, Mel Gibson's high-profile divorce has cost him a slice of his retirement accounts. According to court documents obtained from his 2011 case, the actor-director agreed to share his pension proceeds from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America with his wife of 31 years. The initial property division is estimated to have involved more than $850 million in assets.

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