Is This Really the Right Time to Be Filing For a Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

It appears that today many married couples choose not to seek counseling or to work on issues between themselves, but rather jump into divorce at the first sign of trouble in the relationship. Marriage is an institution that once was respected, and required some amount of maturity by both parties; it was to be taken seriously and it was forever. Furthermore, without marriage, societies would crumble; it certainly has its function. However, there are times when  a couple is unable to...

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Divorce Hotel

Aug 8, 2012 by

The Dutch people are very good at coming up with solutions to social predicaments that push the boundaries of societal norms. The latest Dutch creation to cause a stir in the news is the invention of the “Divorce Hotel,” where unhappily-married couples can check in for the weekend as a couple, and check out on Monday morning as singles. The Divorce Hotel is the concept of 33-year-old Jim Halfens, who has been running the new business idea out of different hotels in the Netherlands...

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More Divorce Apps

Aug 8, 2012 by

A few weeks ago we examined a new iPhone application called “Divorce Cost and Prep” created by Dallas Attorney Michelle O’Neill and Fort Worth CPA Bryan Rice. Their divorce app was aimed at helping divorcing couples assess the monetary costs associated with the dissolution of a marriage. The $9.99 divorce cost and prep app helped users estimate their divorce expenses without having to pay an accountant or attorney to do the same thing. Now it appears O’Neill and Price...

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Sandra Bullock Ready to File for Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The gossip continues to swirl around Sandra Bullock’s possible divorce and now her abrupt cancellation of a scheduled appearance in a U.K. film premiere has only added fuel to the fire. In a statement from Warner Brothers UK, Sandra apologized for not going to the London premiere. The statement said “Due to unforeseen personal reasons, a trip abroad has been deemed impossible at this time.” Bullock was also recently photographed hiking in Northern California, and more...

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4,600 Divorces a Day

Aug 8, 2012 by

International news readers will recognize that news reporting in India is frequently concerned with the goings-on of their more populous neighbor to the North, China. This week the Times of India newspaper is reporting that the rapidly rising divorce rate in China is due to mounting social pressures caused by the country’s rapid economic growth and an overall decline in fertility rates across the world’s most populous nation. The recent Times report states that nearly, 850,000...

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New Divorce Rules for Europe

Aug 8, 2012 by

New European Union legislation on divorce will enable couples with different nationalities, those living apart in different countries, or those living together in a nation other than their home country, to decide which country’s laws apply to their divorce. The European Parliament passed the legislation and the new rules will go into effect in 18 months. The rules will be enforced in a group of 14 European Union countries including Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia,...

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Covering Your Assets in a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Under a bill recently passed by the state legislature, as soon as a husband or wife sues for divorce by filing a summons in New York State Supreme Court, they are both required to not alter the economic status of the marriage from that point on. As soon a person receives a divorce summons they can no longer move money or other property around to hide it or shield it from claims by their spouse. In years past, planning a divorce also meant planning to be the first one to clean out the bank...

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A Broken Family Justice System

Aug 8, 2012 by

Several Ontario, Canada Chief Justices commenting on a report from the Law Commission of Ontario agree the family justice system in their jurisdiction left a lot to be desired and that massive changes are probably in order. Observations in the report referred to a “Broken Family Justice System” and included the fact that fine-tuning the system has been ineffective and that perhaps a totally new family law concept is required in the province. The current adversarial system of justice...

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Unreality Check

Aug 8, 2012 by

A scientific study about to be published by a psychologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois has been making a bit of commotion in the news lately. It seems some people are not too happy with the findings that Daniel Molden, assistant professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, and his staff have concluded from an experiment to examine the differences between the ways dating couples and married couples view their respective significant...

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Prenups are Serious Business

Aug 8, 2012 by

When the British Supreme Court upheld a decision last month in favor of heiress Katrin Radmacher it showed that divorce law in the U.K. was following U.S. laws in that legally recorded prenuptial agreements are binding. The move signaled that even wealthy women are likely to have their assets protected by courts in future. The case was of particular importance to British divorce lawyers who were following it to see just how much legal weight would be given to prenuptial agreements in that...

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Divorce Contagion

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study from Brown University followed 12,000 people in Framingham, Massachusetts over a 32-year period beginning in 1948. The study has a very long name, and some very interesting observations about divorce in the United States. The study conducted by Rose McDermott of Brown University, James Fowler of University of California, San Diego and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard University is titled “Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects...

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Man Seeks to Ban Divorce in California

Aug 8, 2012 by

John Marcotte, who runs the website BadMouth.net, is trying to collect signatures to get his own bill, the “California Protection of Marriage Act” on the ballot in the Golden State. If Marcotte’s bill passes, divorce would become illegal in California. Marcotte’s initiative was filed with the state attorney general’s office last week. The initiative reads: “No party to any marriage shall be restored to the state of an unmarried person during the lifetime of...

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Especially When Kids Are Involved

Aug 8, 2012 by

Two people who have fallen in love and gotten married are rarely pleased that the original plan of death do us part didn’t come to fruition. This already emotionally challenging process is multiplied tenfold when children are involved. Deciding on custody and visitation can be a painful process for everyone, and could easily put damaging factions inside any family. With a topic that carries as much weight as this one, it’s important to study the statistics to see what this process...

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The Other Woman: Jesse James’ Mistress Speaks Her Mind

Aug 8, 2012 by

Everyone in the nation knows that America’s sweetheart, Sandra Bullock picked a bad boy biker for a husband and that he was a bit less than faithful to his matrimonial vows. Jesse James’s indiscretions seemed all the more outrageous when it was revealed that the “other woman” in his life was a multi-tattooed, ex-stripper that played the role of devil-ess to Sandra’s angel-like public persona. Like a man making a choice between heaven and hell, Jesse’s girls...

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State-Sponsored Anti-Divorce Classes

Aug 8, 2012 by

Reflecting concerns over the rising rate of divorce across Asia and in China in particular, government officials in one state in Malaysia have taken some extraordinary measures by offering state-sponsored courses in maintaining marital intimacy in an effort to help keep couples and families together. Officials in the northern Malaysian state of Terengganu are now providing sex education for the elderly, sex courses for newlyweds and free honeymoons for couples in crisis. The move is highly...

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Most Expensive Divorce Settlements

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although the true cost of some undisclosed celebrity divorces may never actually be known, the rich and famous are still setting records for the most expensive divorce settlements you’ll ever hear about at home. Any list of the top ten most expensive divorces may not be 100% accurate, but here are ten that comprise the most over-the-top and outrageously expensive settlements in the news today: #10 Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva = $80 million #9Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving = $100...

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Child Support Issues

Aug 8, 2012 by

The cost of a typical divorce usually goes far beyond just basic financial aspects when there are children involved. The children in a family weathering divorce suffer emotional wounds that often follow them into adulthood. While mom and dad battle it out over whose fault it was, whose needs went unmet most, and the problems involved with who will live where and with whom, the children may be unable to process the anger, stress, and hurtful words. They may internalize them and feel like they...

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Kids with Two Homes

Aug 8, 2012 by

With divorce rates soaring, many parents are faced with the obstacle of deciding who will get custody of their child. Fortunately there are several different custody options available, and today most parents at least have the opportunity to remain in an active role in their child’s life. Legal custody is the situation where a parent has the right to make both long-term and short-term decisions for their child. In most custody cases, both parents are awarded legal custody. This makes it...

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Young People Want “Happily Ever After” but Lack Skills to Make Marriage Work

Aug 8, 2012 by

A groundbreaking new survey sponsored by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) finds that 82% of young adults aged 18-30 plan to get married and stay married for life. However, an estimated 40% of first marriages end in divorce. Why? “There is often a disconnect between attitudes about marriage and the reality of getting or being married,” says Mary Myrick, NHMRC Project Director. “Once married, conflicts may arise over money, parenting, and other important...

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Divorce “Befitting a Getty” Costs a Million a Month

Aug 8, 2012 by

It appears that no amount of money can fix a marriage headed for imminent divorce, or at least not for the heir to the Getty oil fortune, Peter Getty. Peter and wife of 9 years, Jacqui, have been involved in a long-running divorce battle that is currently underway in Los Angeles Superior Court. The public divorce documents in the case provide a fascinating glimpse into a dysfunctional relationship in the upper stratosphere of finances where society’s wealthiest families play. Jacqui Getty...

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