Divorce at the Top

Aug 8, 2012 by

When the former governor of California and his wife recently announced their separation in a joint statement there was no mention of a specific cause for the separation. Arnold Schwarzenegger was widely quoted at the time as saying “We both love each other very much,” and the split at first looked like it might be temporary. Maria Shriver was less forthcoming and made no public statement, leaving the press to speculate that if even she had been unhappy in the marriage, she had made...

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Same-Sex and Marriage in the Census

Aug 8, 2012 by

New Census Bureau data released Monday from the American Community Survey of 3 million households shows that 76% of those who have ever been married, have been married just one time. The figures are 20% for those who have been married twice and 5% have been married three or more times. The new data also shows almost 200,000 fewer same-sex couples than the previous year with 565,000 same-sex couples in 2008 and 754,000 in 2007. Census officials stated there was no intention of altering the...

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Online Divorce is Up

Aug 8, 2012 by

A look at the latest news headlines from around the country shows the current economic squeeze is having a definite effect on divorces in the Midwest. The lack of cash hasn’t stopped couples from divorcing, it is changing the way they get divorced though. Couples currently considering divorce now must cope with cash problems resulting from owing more than their homes are presently worth or high credit card balances they can’t make the payments on. The result is more people are...

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A Lesson for Parents: Arguing in Front of Your Teens Has Lasting Impact

Aug 8, 2012 by

Exposure to family arguments during adolescence has a lasting impact on an individual’s mental health and functioning as an adult. The longitudinal study, published in the March edition of The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, led by Simmons School of Social Work Professor Helen Reinherz, shows adolescents who reported increased arguments at age 15, compared with their peers, had an elevated risk of major depression, alcohol abuse/dependence, drug...

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Do You Really Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Aug 8, 2012 by

If you are considering divorce, it may pay to talk with a divorce lawyer first. It can give you valuable time to  explore your options and can decide if divorce really is the best your best option. A divorce lawyer can explain what filing for divorce really means, what the legal system requires, how long your divorce might take and what paperwork will be needed. Often, a failing or troubled marriage can stress you out and leave you depressed and angry. A divorce lawyer is someone who can...

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Senator John Kerry Backs DOMA Lawsuit in Massachusetts

Aug 8, 2012 by

On July 9th, 2009, Senator John Kerry released a statement supporting Massachusetts’s court challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act.  Kerry is backing the lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Senator Kerry was the only Senator running for reelection who voted against the DOMA in 1996, and he has continued to rail against the DOMA since then.  â€œDenying same sex couples the same...

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80% of Caregivers Report Strain on Their Marriages

Aug 8, 2012 by

Caring.com and the ‘marriage doctors’ share tips on how to keep love alive while caring for aging parents Eighty percent of baby boomers caring for an aging parent say that it has put a strain on their marriage. This insight is one of many garnered from a new research study conducted by Caring.com to measure the impact of caregiving on spousal relationships. The Caring.com study of baby boomers caring for aging parents uncovered the following: — 80% of baby boomers...

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N.Y. May Finally Get No-Fault Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

New York has been the lone hold-out among U.S. states allowing no-fault divorce. As the only state remaining without no-fault divorce on the books, New York has always required someone take the blame for a split even if both spouses have mutually agreed to the divorce.  One spouse or the other had to allege a fault such as cruel and inhuman treatment, adultery, abandonment, or the couple must have been legally separated for at least one year before they could file. Critics of the New York...

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Do Social Media Sites Increase Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

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 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. Divorce and family law firms are increasing their reliance on information gathered...

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Hugh Hefner Files for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner recently filed for divorce from his estranged wife, former Playmate Kimberley Conrad, 47, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple was married in 1989, but have been separated since 1998. Hefner’s divorce action follows a $5 million lawsuit filed by Conrad against the Playboy founder over the sale of a house next door to the Playboy Mansion they once owned together. Conrad and Hefner have two sons together who have been living with their mother...

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Divorce Still Morally OK

Aug 8, 2012 by

According to the results of the Gallup Poll’s annual Moral Acceptability poll completed on May 10, 2009, the moral views of most Americans have changed very little in the last year. The poll found that the morals of the nation might have shifted ever-so-slightly to the right, but that overall the average was still left of center. Questions on moral issues showed Americans are still generally supportive of traditionally liberal viewpoints. The poll noted that most Americans still feel...

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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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