Mandatory Divorce Reading

Aug 8, 2012 by

Books can make news for many different reasons these days and the best-seller racks are always full of new and interesting titles to choose from, but it is not often that books make news because they are mandatory reading. Especially not books on parenting, divorce and family communication, however a judge in Canada recently ordered a couple with two kids to do exactly that. Ontario Superior Court Justice David Price found himself presiding over the case of a couple who got married in 1998 and...

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Arming Parents with Information

Aug 8, 2012 by

Following years of complaints from parents and parent’s right groups, the city of San Diego, California is considering making adjustments to policies on parental notification when children are removed from a home by the city’s Child Protective Welfare Services. A grand jury in San Diego recently concluded that parents should receive written notification as to why their children are being removed from their home and custody. The San Diego County Grand Jury has conducted ongoing...

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Hollywood Prenups

Aug 8, 2012 by

Prenuptial agreements in divorce are contracts entered into prior to marriage that commonly include provisions for asset division in the event of a breakup. Prenuptial agreements are recognized in all fifty states and must be completed in writing, and notarized. If you’re a celebrity, they can apparently also include hefty forfeiture clauses as a result of any incidence of adultery. Seems many of the rich and famous are opting to minimize their risk and maximize the cash payouts when...

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Deafness and Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Many different components of marital relationships have long been identified as potential sources of discord and eventual divorce, but a bit of surprising news recently published in the UK Telegraph newspaper shows that deafness can now be added to the list. According to a survey conducted by the British firm HearingDirect.com, a retailer of hearing aids and related products, ongoing deafness in a marriage that causes arguments between spouses can promote marital breakdown to the point of...

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More Tiger Woods Divorce Troubles

Aug 8, 2012 by

Ever since the financial experts at Forbes SportsMoney estimated Tiger Woods’ current total net worth to be below the $750 million settlement that estranged wife Elin Nordegren was rumored to be receiving, the Internet has been awash with speculation as to what is really going on with the couple’s divorce. But the real story could be a long time coming, as long as both agree to the terms of their negotiations, the couple can keep most of the details of their divorce out of the...

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Children Coping with Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study reports that the coping skills of children of divorced parents can depend largely on how the parents react to the situation. Divorce affects children in many different ways and children typically experience varied feelings and emotions, but the feelings depend mostly on the nature of the child’s relationship with parents prior to the divorce, how arguments and disagreements were handled, and whether or not the parents took the child’s feelings into...

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Keeping Love Alive When Your Bank Account’s on Life Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

The potential for couples to argue about money is right up there with sex and housework, so today’s economic difficulties mean there may be plenty for couples to fight about. Marriage Educators tell us that there are skills you can learn to navigate rocky financial terrain while keeping your relationship — and your pocketbook — intact. For the past three years, the California Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC) has taught proven relationship-building skills to California...

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Who Gets the House When No One Can Afford to Keep It? Keeping and Sharing the Home in a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The changes that families encounter while going through a divorce are troubling, and often times quite emotional. Deciding who will get to keep the house in a divorce settlement can be one of the toughest obstacles, especially when there is emotional attachment to the home by either spouse or the children. It is always best for the couple to come to a mutual decision about who will get to keep the house. Often times, the home serves as a settlement tool, where the couple will be satisfied with...

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Five Tips for Couples Considering Divorce During Economic Slump

Aug 8, 2012 by

With the home-mortgage crisis in the U.S. wreaking havoc in the real estate and banking industries, its affect is now trickling down into other areas, such as divorce. Under the current market conditions, breaking up is harder to do than ever. Many divorcing couples are forced to live under the same roof because they can’t afford to move on separately. They can’t unload their houses for enough money to pay off their mortgages and home-equity debts, but job losses and tougher...

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Life & Death Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

A greedy Long Island mom who didn’t feel like haggling over her divorce and instead hatched a plot to take it all by force received an unpleasant surprise in criminal court recently. The judge in a Nassau County, New York courtroom summed up the situation when he said “She didn’t want a divorce by consent decree, she wanted a divorce by murder.” Susan and husband Peter Williams were already embroiled in a bitter divorce battle before she came up with the plan that would...

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Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth – Late-Stage Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The recent announcement that Al Gore and his wife Tipper (right) are divorcing after more than 40 years of marriage has caused people to take notice of the fact that more seniors seem to be getting divorced now than ever before. Statistics from The Office of National Statistics show that the overall rate of divorce in the United States is dropping within every age group studied except those over-60. Senior divorce is not news to professionals who deal with marriage, separation and divorce...

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He’s Jewish, I’m Catholic, It’s December. Now What?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Whether you choose to decorate the Christmas tree, light the menorah, or creatively compromise and buy a Hanukkah bush, the holiday season can be an extremely stressful time for couples in inter-faith relationships. If not handled properly, deciding which holidays and traditions to celebrate can strain your relationship and lead to conflict with your partner and your extended families. Depending on your religious backgrounds and level of dedication to your faith, what you are willing to...

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Trial Lawyer Author Offers $1,000 Prize

Aug 8, 2012 by

Attorney Robert E. Long’s new book, “Trial Lawyer,” takes readers right into courtrooms to witness how the law really works and offers a $1,000 juror’s “stipend”  “Ignorance of the law” may not be an excuse but it can cost defendants enormous sums of money or even their personal freedom … in “Trial Lawyer,” Robert Long uses “stories” to explain how the law functioned in his most unusual cases. Here are two of...

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Larry King Divorce May Still Be On

Aug 8, 2012 by

When we last visited the topic of Larry King’s marriage, the CNN reporter and his wife Shawn had announced they were setting their impending divorce aside and that “We owe it to ourselves and our children to continue being dedicated to each other.” Now, it seems the split may be back on the front burner after Shawn’s recent drug overdose that many observers say was a suicide attempt. Whatever the truth is, property division issues now seem to be the main bone of...

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Philippine Divorce Law Changes

Aug 8, 2012 by

Americans marrying Filipinos and Filipinos marrying Americans have long shared a common problem when it comes to divorce; the nation of the Philippines has never had any provisions for divorce at all. Persons wanting to remarry were often just plain out of luck if they wanted a divorce in that country. Under Philippine law there was no divorce procedure, only annulment was on the books and an annulment in the Philippines is an extremely difficult status to obtain. Even those Filipinos who...

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Japanese Prosecutors Finally Relent in International Child Custody Case Against US Father

Aug 8, 2012 by

Prosecutors in Japan have dropped the case against an American man arrested after he snatched his children from his ex-wife in her home country of Japan. An official with the Japanese Prosecutors Office said the department decided to abandon the case because the father’s intent was only to see his children. United States citizen Christopher Savoie, claimed his ex-wife Noriko Savoie had violated a U.S. court custody decision by taking the children from Franklin, Tennessee, to her home in...

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What are Court Orders?

Aug 8, 2012 by

When proceeding with a divorce, many arrangements must be made between the spouses. If husband and wife are unable to negotiate an agreement about the children, bills, and/or other issues, a court order can be used to split financial responsibilities until the divorce becomes finalized. The first step in splitting financial responsibilities is always to attempt to negotiate with your spouse. This will save legal costs for both parties. There are circumstances where this might not be possible,...

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Facebook Cited in 1/3 of Divorces

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his own status to ‘married’ on the social media site recently, a recent survey in the UK says his website may be causing a full one-third of all new divorces filed in that nation. The survey found that the practice of unhappy couples complaining about their spouse’s behavior on Facebook is growing exponentially and the many inappropriate messages posted there seem to be the biggest source of complaints. The latest survey’s...

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Social Media & Second Marriages

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is no secret that the social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and others are becoming the latest weapons in divorce and child-support battles. Private investigators and divorce attorneys searching for information on a client’s wayward spouse or ex-spouse are quickly catching on to the fact that the websites are often a quick and easy way to catch people doing things they don’t want others to know about. The most incriminating online evidence...

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How Expensive Can a Divorce Get?

Aug 8, 2012 by

A Saudi prince is about to join the exclusive ranks of people with the most expensive divorce cases in history. Saudi Arabian royal family member Sheik Mohammed Al Fassi was held liable for $81 million in a 1983 divorce judgment awarded to then wife, Sheikha Dena Al Fassi (now known as Diana Bilinelli). The $81 million settlement may be a staggering amount, but it is not nearly enough to propel one into the ranks of the top five most expensive divorces of all time. Sheik Al Fassi’s...

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