Divorce Blame

Feb 11, 2013 by

Although someone usually gets blamed whenever a marriage fails, suing your local church congregation for your divorce is definitely an unusual circumstance. Whenever a divorce occurs, someone is likely to be blamed for causing it. That fact is simply human nature, and it is hard to imagine that no one would receive at least a small bit of blame and that everyone would be equally happy and completely guilt-free when a close personal relationship is finally and legally terminated. It is almost...

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Divorce of Least Resistance

Aug 8, 2012 by

Critics of the no fault divorce laws here in the United States have long claimed that the ease of negotiating an uncontested divorce process is just too easy and actually encourages people to get divorced. Supporters refute the claim and say there is no reason a couple should be forced to endure a drawn-out divorce if they both agree to the split and the easier the process is, the better it is. While there may some merit in both sides of the argument, a recent divorce case in South Africa...

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Sandra’s Secret Divorce Papers

Aug 8, 2012 by

You see celebrity divorces in the news every day and covering the break-ups of the rich and famous has become a big business. There is an army of investigative reporters and photographers working around the clock to deliver the dirt. With divorce documents open to scrutiny in every courthouse across the nation, the timing and details of almost every divorce are a matter of public record these days. The press knows when a celebrity files for a divorce almost as quickly as the spurned spouse...

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Waiting for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

People waiting to get divorced in Arizona will not be getting any extra time to think about splitting up before they actually make the break. Arizona divorce law currently requires a 60-day waiting period before a couple can move forward with a divorce application. That requirement has been under assault in the Arizona legislature twice, and in this case it looks like the second time will be the last as the bill introduced in an effort to change the law to allow couples to wait longer before...

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Elin Nordegren Seeks $750 Million Divorce Settlement

Aug 8, 2012 by

It looks like more trouble ahead for the Tiger. Wife Elin Nordegren Woods has reportedly reassessed her position and is apparently not feeling too charitable toward her soon-to-be ex-husband, Tiger Woods. Reports have surfaced indicating that Elin has upped her settlement demands during divorce negotiations and is now asking for a whopping $750 million settlement package. Prior reports had estimated the settlement figure to be $500 million. Reports in the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper say that...

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Should You File for Bankruptcy During Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is no secret that financial problems are among the most common causes of divorce. Financial distress can drive a big wedge between spouses. Filing for bankruptcy can be the cause of a divorce or it can be the result of a divorce when financial burdens dictate that debt relief is a necessary part of the divorce process. In almost every case, the cost of maintaining two separate households is greater than living together and there may not be enough cash for both to pay off debts and start...

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Divorce Lawyers Opting for Valentine’s Truce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Valentine’s Day isn’t always a celebration of undying romantic love. This year, family law attorneys in Texas are exploring ways that disputing couples can play nice, whether they stay together or are torn asunder. For decades, litigation was the only avenue for parties in trouble. The couples would simply load their weapons and come out blazing. During the 1990s, collaborative law was developed as a viable alternative to litigation, offering a more civilized form of divorce for...

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Understanding Child Custody Laws

Aug 8, 2012 by

Child custody refers to the legal care and maintenance of a child to one or both of the parents. Child custody is often a battle for many families going through divorce. In many cases, the parent who should be awarded full custody of the child is obvious, while in other cases it is not. Child custody laws differ from state to state. Depending on the state where the custody case is taking place, the courts may use different factors to determine which parent is awarded custody. Although there are...

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Can You Really Do-It-Yourself?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The economic hardships brought on by divorce causes many people to search for do-it-yourself options in order to save money. Before considering this alternative several questions must be answered. A major consideration in a Pro Se (or “for yourself” divorce without an attorney) is the law in the state where the divorcing couple resides. State law rather than federal law governs the process of divorce. Some states make divorce simple, especially when there are no minor children...

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Teens, Relationships, and Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

The news that Bristol Palin and her fiance Levi Johnston have broken off their engagement once again focuses national attention on teens’ expectations about marriage when there is a pregnancy, the proportion of teens who get married after having a child, and the viability of teen marriages themselves. Research suggests that the experience of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston is far from rare. At the time of their child’s birth, more than half of unmarried teen mothers say they are...

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An App for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

A Dallas lawyer and accountant have created a new iPhone application called “Divorce Cost and Prep” to calculate the cost of a divorce by tapping on the screen of your cell phone. Dallas Attorney Michelle O’Neill and Fort Worth CPA Bryan Rice, created the new iPhone app for divorcing couples to help assess the costs associated with the dissolution of a marriage. The pair said the divorce cost and prep app helps you estimate divorce expenses without having to go to an...

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Rising Unemployment Creating More Work for Divorce Lawyers

Aug 8, 2012 by

As the recession continues to deepen and job cuts accelerate, a rapidly rising number of divorced spouses are requesting changes be made to child support and alimony arrangements. In a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 39% of the nation’s top divorce attorneys cite an increase in modifications being made to child support payments. Additionally, 42% of the members report a rise in the number of changes made to alimony payments. “When a divorced...

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Larry King’s Divorce May Be Off

Aug 8, 2012 by

Even though, Larry King and his wife both filed for divorce last week in Los Angeles on the same day, after 13 years of marriage, each stating irreconcilable differences, it appears the CNN talk show host may not be divorcing his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, after all. King’s lawyer, Dennis Wasser, said, “There’s a 50-50 chance this divorce is not happening. His focus is on the best interest of his children. It’s not clear to me which way he’s going to turn on...

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Stable Household Trumps Two Parents

Aug 8, 2012 by

An Ohio State University professor has published the findings of a study of family stability that shows growing up in a stable household is more important for a child’s development than whether or not the family has two parents in the home. The findings were released in “Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities,” a recent book co-edited by Claire Kamp Dush, assistant professor of human development and family science. The information was gathered from 5,000 households...

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Do You Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Doubts about your marriage can be confusing and stressful. If you have doubts about your marriage and are considering divorce, it may pay to talk with a divorce lawyer. This way, you can explore your options and can decide if this really is the best decision. The following are some things that a divorce lawyer can offer you. The legal system is often complicated for people who want to do everything from file for divorce to sue a business. Thus, it pays to talk with a divorce lawyer. They can...

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Secret Swedish Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

In an effort to keep details of one of the world’s most public divorces private, Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren may file their divorce in Sweden where public records are not so public and there is less scrutiny from the prying eyes of the press. According to various sources Nordegren is initiating the divorce in her native country and wants to finalize it by the end of the year. The couple will share parenting duties for their two children Sam, 3, and Charlie, 14 months, and are...

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55,000 Couples Want a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Now that all 50 U.S. states have some form of no-fault divorce on the books with the recent addition of New York as the last hold-out to make the switch, it seems more liberalized divorce laws are being written internationally as well. The Parliament in New Delhi, India is planning to amend their old divorce laws, the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, and the Special Marriage Act of 1954, to include a more modern interpretation of the ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ as sufficient...

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No Fault Divorce – Whose Fault Is It anyway?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce can be stressful for all of the parties involved, and it is not always the best way to handle marital strife. Unfortunately, circumstances may arise that forces one party to file for divorce because it may be the best decision for the whole family. Each state controls divorce laws and grounds for divorce, and while some divorce laws are similar in many states, others have completely different rules. Grounds for divorce and burden of proof vary slightly from state to state. Grounds for...

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Mediterranean Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The New Year is a time for reflection and a look back at some the people and events that made a difference in the quality of people’s lives. A recent article by author Stephen Calleja in the Malta Independent Online covering the top stories and events that had the greatest impact on public opinion during 2010 gives a shout-out to the fact that a recently proposed Divorce Bill was the “Most Unexpected” event of the year in that tiny nation. The author’s conclusion might...

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Defense of Marriage Act Under Fire

Aug 8, 2012 by

A New York Congressman plans to introduce a bill in Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or at least repeal the part of the Act that denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the United States today. It is uncertain whether or not Congressman Jerry Nadler’s bill would tackle repeal of the entire DOMA or just the part of the Act that addresses federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The Act now states that the U.S. government does not recognize...

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