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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Do You Live in a Community Property State?

Aug 8, 2012 by

One very important aspect of divorce law is the concept of community property. The premise behind community property is that property a couple acquires during their marriage is considered to be jointly owned by both spouses. In the event of a divorce, this property is divided between the spouses. Many states do not recognize the concept of community property in their divorce laws, and in the states that do, the way that a court divides community property is determined by state law. In...

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Iranian Divorce Rate May Hit 100%

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although Iran is not found on current lists of countries with high divorce rates, it seems the country may possibly have the highest divorce rate in the world today. A study released by a research group at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran earlier this month reports that the divorce rate in Iran could be as high as 90% among couples who marry by choice as opposed to more traditional arranged marriages. The split between traditional arranged marriages and more modern “love”...

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‘We Need Our Daddy, Too’: A Grandmother’s Story of Her Son’s Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

We read a lot of statistics about divorce, but numbers don’t even begin to explain how difficult it can be for the children. That’s why Karen P. Ronald wrote “We Need Our Daddy, Too” (published by iUniverse — http://www.iuniverse.com) the true story of her experience with her son’s divorce and custody battle, as seen through the eyes of a caring and loving grandmother. Having had a large part of her life consumed by her new grandchildren early on, Ronald...

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Explaining Alimony & Spousal Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

Explaining Alimony & Spousal Support Once a divorce is finalized, an individual might have to pay spousal support – also known as alimony or spousal maintenance – to his or her ex-spouse for living expenses. Rules for modification or termination vary by state, but generally, alimony may be modified if it meets certain requirements. Length of Support Rules vary from state to state as to when support payments end. Some laws declare that payments end when the ex-spouse remarries...

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Single Parenting – Is it Possible to Raise Kids Successfully By Yourself?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The reality of being a single parent after a divorce can be overwhelming. One of the most important aspects of being a happy single parent while doing a good job parenting is to take care of yourself. Treating yourself well will give you strength to be the best parent to your children that you can be following a divorce. During divorce recovery, it’s vital to take some time to be alone. This can be challenging with the demands that single parenting entails, but this is the time when you...

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Dating Abuse Affects One in Five Teens

Aug 8, 2012 by

Studies show that one in five teenagers in a serious dating relationship reports being physically abused by their partner. This issue is so serious that several states have passed laws specifically addressing teen dating abuse. Hazelden Publishing, the leading publisher of evidence-based violence prevention programs for students in first grade through 12th grade, understands the significance of preventing dating violence and has published Safe Dates, the only evidence-based program that...

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More Seniors Splitting Up

Aug 8, 2012 by

Now that the latest round of the U.S. Census has been conducted, the facts and figures collected are beginning to show some new trends concerning the status of divorce in the United States. One of the trends that came to light when examining the marriage and divorce rates for 2008 is that older couples are getting more divorces later in life. The Census Bureau reports show that 26% of divorces in 2008 were filed by couples who had been married 20 years or longer. This is not a reassuring trend...

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Giving Love a Second Chance

Aug 8, 2012 by

Thinking of giving marriage another try? Not many people do it says the US Census bureau but once you do, you’ve got a fair shot at staying married. Check out these “second time around” statistics. 8 Average length, in years, of first marriages ending in divorce. 3 1/2 The median time in years between divorce and a second marriage. 12% and 13% Percentage of men and women, respectively, 15 and older who have married twice. Three percent each have married three or more times. By...

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Tiger Wood’s Divorce May be On

Aug 8, 2012 by

Sources are saying that Tiger Wood’s marriage to Elin Nordegren is definitely over. Speculation as to an impending divorce for the couple has picked up momentum in recent weeks with Nordegren taking yet another vacation without the Tiger in tow. The couple both returned from separate trips last Friday, but each spent the weekend in separate houses and spent time with the children separately too. The Swedish ex-model had jetted off for a holiday on Monday with their two young children...

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Divorce Wars TV

Aug 8, 2012 by

The CNBC television network is set to cash in on the public’s fascination with the spectacle of divorce among the rich and famous. Well, maybe just the rich in this instance, as the new documentary scheduled to air at the end of March this year doesn’t really deal with celebrities, but does delve into the confidential world of multi-million dollar divorces. According to network press releases, CNBC anchor Melissa Francis will report on the battles for “control, power, and...

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Same-Sex Divorce Faces Hurdles in Texas

Aug 8, 2012 by

It was only a matter of time. Now that gay marriages have been recognized in a handful of states, the next logical hurdle would be gay divorce. However, it seems the laws in one state can create confusion in another. The question of whether or not a person married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can get a legal divorce in a state where it’s not is currently headed for an appellate court in Texas. Angelique Naylor filed for divorce from the woman she married in Massachusetts...

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First Aid For Life After Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Whether you’re glad to be divorced or devastated by it, divorce often means an adjustment to a whole new life. Even if you’re relieved to be free of the relationship, it’s still normal to feel sad about the loss of something you’d hoped would last forever. Remember to grieve. You’ve lost something important, and it’ll take time to heal. Don’t expect yourself to be “over it” immediately. Be patient with the grieving process and allow it to...

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V-Day or D-Day?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Cupid’s arrow might be doing more harm than good. Even though the present state of the economy has forced many unhappy couples to either put off a divorce or reconcile their differences, LegalZoom.com predicts a jump in the number of couples finally calling it quits in the weeks immediately following Valentine’s Day. The end of 2008 saw a rough economic landscape. While couples might have been having an equally rocky time in their marriage, it was simply much too costly to get...

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DUI & Child Custody – More than Just Money?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Everyone knows that a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol can be a very expensive proposition. One first-time DUI conviction can easily end up costing a driver over $10,000 in associated fines and costs in most states today. However, the non-financial aspects of a DUI conviction can often turn out to be far more costly than the monetary penalties. While the fines for driving under the influence vary from state to state, there are no bargains. It is a good bet...

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Separation and Divorce Are Not the Same

Aug 8, 2012 by

A separation is not a divorce. It may be a step along the path to getting a divorce, but it’s important to remember that the two are not equivalent. Even couples that are legally separated are still married in the eyes of the law. There are several kinds of separations, the most formal of which is a legal separation – a court-approved agreement to live apart. Types of Separation There are four main types of separations: trial, living apart, permanent, and legal. In a trial...

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Divorce by Jury

Aug 8, 2012 by

Georgia and Texas are the only states where a couple can get divorced in a full-blown jury trial proceeding, including a verdict handed down by 12 of their peers. Although everyone knows jury trials are far more expensive and labor intensive than other forms of divorce, the laws remain on the books in Georgia and Texas even though they are rarely utilized. It appears that the threat of a jury trial alone is enough to make most parties in a divorce do their best to try and work out the details...

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Pet Custody Cases on the Rise

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorcing couples have always fought like cats and dogs over child custody in divorce court, but these days it is becoming increasingly common that the battles are actually about who gets custody of the cats and dogs in the home. Members of the 1,600-member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers concur on this point and have reported that divorce lawyers across the nation have seen a steady rise in the number of pet custody cases on the docket that began in 2000, and continues to rise...

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Study Finds Domestic Violence Shelters Are Meeting Needs of Most Victims

Aug 8, 2012 by

Becoming homeless. Losing everything, including their children. Doing something desperate. Facing continued, life-threatening abuse. That is what victims of domestic violence who received help from shelters say their fate would have been if those shelters did not exist, according to Meeting Survivors’ Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences. Released today, the groundbreaking study is based on a survey of 3,410 people served by domestic violence shelters in...

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Divorce & Taxes

Aug 8, 2012 by

With the ongoing debate over Proposition 8 in California concerning same-sex marriage in that state, the advantages of marriage are being discussed in the news again. One of the many reasons gay couples desire legal marriage status is the fact that all unmarried couples, regardless of sex, can suffer big tax penalties when they split up. Long-time couples who aren’t married are heavily disadvantaged when they split up and assets are transferred. The tax advantage married couples enjoy is...

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