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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Making the Best of it for the Kids

Aug 8, 2012 by

There has always been talk of how the children will be better off when the parents who no longer are able to be civil to each other separate, but there is cause for concern when we look at so many statistics that tell us differently. Crime rates have been proven to be highest among children raised in single-parent homes, just for one instance. When there are children considered in the divorce proceedings, it is important that this kind of rationalization for wanting to dissolve the union not be...

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Are You Ready for Remarriage?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Remarriage can be a beautiful thing, especially when you are ready to take the next step forward. Many people look at remarriage as a second chance at making their relationship right. However, as with any type of relationship, it is important to recognize the impact that remarriage can have on your life. The most important factor in remarriage is knowing that you are ready for the new relationship. It can take anywhere from two to five years to fully heal from your first marriage, so be sure...

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Hollywood’s Good Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Following an endless parade of bitter celebrity divorces in the news lately, once in a while there is a Hollywood divorce that seems to make sense. Even a celebrity divorce can be settled without turmoil if both spouses are reasonable and in agreement on the situation. To prove the point, Illusion Milan quietly filed for a divorce in Los Angeles court recently. Illusion is the wife of Cesar Milan, the star of the hit TV show, The Dog Whisperer. Illusion filed citing unspecified irreconcilable...

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Same Sex Divorce OK – Marriage Not Yet

Aug 8, 2012 by

Same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal must be recognized by the courts in Maryland, according to a new decision handed down by Maryland’s highest court. In an unusual twist, the latest ruling means that gay couples living in Maryland can’t get married, but they could get divorced if they were married because the state must recognize the legality of their marriage as long as it was legally performed in any state outside of Maryland. The ruling came from a vote...

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Divorce Quakes

Aug 8, 2012 by

In recent news from the China it seems a new cause for that nation’s rapidly rising divorce rate has just been discovered; earthquakes. The China Daily website recently reported that “experts” are saying that the devastating magnitude-8 Wenchuan earthquake of 2008 that killed more than 69,000 people and left more than18,000 missing, caused residents of Southwest China’s Sichuan province to feel that “life was short and unpredictable” and made the decision to...

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CDC Report Shows Massachusetts has Lowest Divorce Rate

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recently released study of divorce in the United States shows that same-sex marriage has not ruined the institution of marriage in Massachusetts as some opponents had claimed it would back in 2004 when the state began issuing same-sex marriage licenses following the Supreme Court decision in the case of Goodridge vs. the Department of Public Health. Looking at the total number of divorces in Massachusetts reveals that the state had the lowest divorce rate in the nation for the year 2007...

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Joint Custody in Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Determining custody of the children can often be one of the most difficult situations facing divorcing partners. In most States, the judicial system makes the determination based on what is in the best interest of the minor child. Many different factors can be involved in this determination though. Factors can include everything from the ages of the children, the relationship between parent and child to parental behaviors such as addiction and lack of employment. For these reasons there are no...

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What Grounds for Divorce are Allowed in Your State?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The grounds for obtaining a divorce vary from state to state. Some states allow both fault and no fault divorces while others allow only one of the two. Fault divorces require proof that one spouse is at fault; no fault divorces hold neither spouse responsible. No Fault Divorce No fault divorce holds that neither spouse is at fault. The spouse seeking divorce need not prove the other spouse committed a wrong. In many states, a no fault divorce is the only option. A spouse can’t object to...

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FamilyLife Invites Recently Unemployed Couples to Attend Marriage Conference for Free

Aug 8, 2012 by

FamilyLife, the global, donor-supported leader in marriage conferences, will present Weekend to Remember in Charlotte on Feb. 20 – 22. The Weekend to Remember marriage conference aims to strengthen healthy marriages and heal troubled ones in an engaging, supportive and non-threatening environment. While every couple is encouraged to attend, FamilyLife would like to extend a special invitation to area couples who have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis to attend the Weekend to...

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Calculating Child Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce is difficult, often involving anger and confusion; a major issue in divorce is child support. Access to information empowers individuals with understanding of important changes in their lives. Each state determines procedures for calculating child support; therefore, a parent seeking to establish or modify a child support order must research the particular state’s rules. To facilitate the child support process most states utilize a formula or “calculator,” using...

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