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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How Does Your City Rank for Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent article in Men’s Health magazine has ranked 100 U.S. metropolitan areas according to their prospects for divorce. The magazine analyzed the rates of failed marriages, the divorce laws, the percentages of those divorced, and the number of licensed marriage and family therapists in each city. The magazine’s results roughly mirror data from the U.S. government’s National Center for Health Statistics that shows some urban areas definitely experience more divorces than...

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Is Your Separation Legal?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce can be a long, drawn out process that has many different steps. For some couples, there’s a chance to save the marriage before they have to go through with the actual divorce filing. Many of those people will choose to go through a separation period of in order to sort some things out and try to fix whatever is causing their marriage to fall apart. But not every separation is the same. Marriage law is complicated and it varies depending upon where you live. In some places, legal...

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Secrets To Love Addresses the Marriage Controversy!

Aug 8, 2012 by

President Barack Obama stated in his book “Audacity of Hope” that there is preliminary evidence that “Marriage education workshops can make a real difference in helping married couples stay together…” Yet, today there is a growing controversy about whether or not the Federal government should spend money to support healthy marriages. Some critics think the government has no business supporting marriage at all, while others say the money should be spent on more...

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4 Ways Your Spouse Can Hide Assets in a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Everyone knows a divorce can be a tricky adventure once you get into the courtroom. We often do not know the true colors of an individual until we become involved in a divorce and legal proceedings have a way of making people do things that you never imagined they might do to you. Besides keeping an eye on your cash, it can also be helpful to keep an eye on your in-laws and any other relatives of your future ex-spouse during a divorce. Don’t be surprised when they turn against you as they...

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New York Grants Financial Assistance During Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

New York State’s recent passage of the no-fault divorce law may be the main story in the headlines today, but New York also enacted two other provisions within the new law that may prove to be just as important. Both of the additional provisions indicate the state’s clear intent to level the economic playing field for both spouses in all divorces. The first provision mandates spousal maintenance payments in court-ordered amounts during a divorce action. This measure was created to...

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Cutting Kids in Half

Aug 8, 2012 by

A bill has been introduced into Pennsylvania legislature proposing a shift in child custody determinations made by the court from the current “best interests of the children” preference to joint physical custody by both parents. The Pennsylvania Families Association is lobbying on behalf of the bill and claims it will prevent child custody from being used as leverage in divorce cases. The group contends the change will save both time and money spent in court. The current state laws...

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Same-Sex Divorce Ruling Appealed

Aug 8, 2012 by

Following a Dallas appeals court panel ruling in August that prevented the same-sex divorce of two Texas men who had previously been married in Massachusetts, yet another motion has been filed in the Lone Star State’s courts. Now attorneys for one of the men have filed a motion requesting a re-hearing of the case by the 5th District Court of Appeals. The plaintiff and his legal team had three options and felt that requesting a re-hearing by the 13-justice 5th District Court would help...

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Divorce & Social Security

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although anyone over 50 probably knows that the Social Security Administration sends out annual statements that can assist pre-retirees in estimating their benefits in the future, very few are aware how divorce and re-marriage can affect those resources and knowing the laws surrounding spousal and survivor benefits can prevent costly mistakes. Statistics show that Social Security is the main source of income for nearly three-quarters of all single retirees, and with a national divorce rate of...

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Prenups Gaining Traction in U.K.

Aug 8, 2012 by

The current trend toward increasing reliance on prenuptial agreements for marriages in the United States seems to be taking hold in the United Kingdom as well. In a recent case that went before the British Supreme Court, a plaintiff’s request to change a prenup signed in 1998 was denied. The court upheld the agreement indicating that British divorce law is taking the same basic direction as the law in the United States. The recent case involved a banker, Nicolas Granatino, who appealed to...

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Divorce Events

Aug 8, 2012 by

Going through a divorce in a modern western country today is usually not a time when most people want to think about having a big celebration. Terminating a multi-year marriage can be an emotionally and financially exhausting experience for most people. However, the Times of India, reporting on event trends on the island nation of New Zealand, recently noted that an increasing number of Kiwi women are now holding separation or divorce parties that transform the end of their relationship into a...

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Marriage Calculator Figures Divorce Odds

Aug 8, 2012 by

What are the odds of you and your spouce getting a divorce in the next five years?  What about in the next ten?  Even though the divorce rate is on the decline, Betsey Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School says there are factors that can be used to predict whether or not you’re headed for a split.  She says things such as income and education levels factor into the likelihood of a couple staying together so she’s worked out a Divorce...

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Canada Proposes New Divorce & Child Custody Laws

Aug 8, 2012 by

The Canadian Province of British Columbia is proposing sweeping changes to existing laws on separation, divorce and child custody. A new Family Law Act will encourage out-of-court settlements instead of costly legal battles in front of a judge. The proposed changes are part of an overhaul of the 32-year old Family Relations Act, which the government intends to replace with a new Family Law Act early next year. B.C. Attorney General Mike de Jong said that families who need a court’s help...

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3 Ways to Get Individual Counseling Following a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Life is tough enough, but add a divorce into the mix and it can be nearly impossible to function even once the divorce is final. “Rebuilding your emotional life following a divorce can seem daunting and never ending,” says Stelin Mosley.  “Many people worry if they’ll ever recover from the pain of the separation.” That’s where individual counseling comes in. Mosley’s written an article for LivingStrong.com where he talks about the importance of...

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Mr. Mom Gets 100 Years in Diaper Neglect Case

Aug 8, 2012 by

Staying at home to care for children as a “Mr. Mom” house-husband is a familiar task to an ever-increasing number of men in the current economy where single parents and working mothers are the norm in many households. Some men do a great job as child custodians, and some do not. James Sargent of Peoria, Illinois definitely falls into the latter category. Sargent’s horrific neglect of his 5-month-old infant son has earned him an equally horrific jail sentence of 100 years...

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Cohabitation is not Marriage Practice

Aug 8, 2012 by

Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, says young men and women in their 20′s today suffer from the effects of modern hedonistic lifestyles that have shattered traditional family values and replaced them with a relationship wasteland instead. Wilcox’s research has led him to conclude that today’s “spring-break sexual liberation” promises only increasing costs for the practitioners and their unfortunate families. Wilcox...

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The King is Back

Aug 8, 2012 by

Despite filing dual divorce actions within minutes of each other just a month ago with accusations of infidelity on both sides, CNN talk show host Larry King and his wife, Shawn Southwick, have apparently reconciled their “irreconcilable differences” and called off their divorce for now, according to King spokesman Howard Rubenstein. Southwick had accused King of committing adultery with her sister but “They have resolved their issues and he’s moving back in,” said...

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The Squeaky Wheel: Divorce from a Child’s Perspective

Aug 8, 2012 by

According to The Child Advocate, “Divorce is an intensely stressful experience for all children, regardless of age or developmental level; many children are inadequately prepared for the impending divorce by their parents.” Award-winning author Robert Kimmel Smith takes a close look at this painful topic from a child’s perspective in his young adult novel “The Squeaky Wheel” (published by iUniverse), now an Authors Guild Backinprint.com edition. When...

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Do You Need Divorce Insurance?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Is it any surprise that an enterprising insurance company is now offering divorce insurance? Everyone knows that getting a divorce can cost a small fortune these days. The price of splitting up in the United States can easily range from a few thousand dollars to over $20,000 depending on the situation and the assets involved. In that light, purchasing a few bucks of divorce insurance every month might pay big dividends when the relationship goes awry. It would certainly be an advantage to have...

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Divorce Capitals

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recent statistics show that the state of Florida and in particular, Panama City, Florida leads the nation in the number of annual divorces. After examining the statistics for the number of divorced people reported to be in each city, the totals were compared to the number of people divorcing in 2009 and a clear list of the top 50 capital cities for divorce emerged. The top 50 list was created by the Daily Beast website, that crunched the numbers to come up with the rankings. The entire Daily...

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