55,000 Couples Want a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Now that all 50 U.S. states have some form of no-fault divorce on the books with the recent addition of New York as the last hold-out to make the switch, it seems more liberalized divorce laws are being written internationally as well. The Parliament in New Delhi, India is planning to amend their old divorce laws, the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, and the Special Marriage Act of 1954, to include a more modern interpretation of the ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ as sufficient...

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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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Jon & Kate Announce Divorce…or the Affect of Raising Children on Marital Stability

Aug 8, 2012 by

Television reality show stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, parents of twins and sextuplets, announced during an episode  (titled “Houses and Big Changes”) of their show on Monday night that they were separating after 10 years of marriage. Divorce papers were filed Monday afternoon in their hometown in Pennsylvania. The announcement was not a surprise. The tabloids have speculated on a Gosselin split for several months now, hinting that both Jon and Kate may have engaged in...

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Al Gore’s Divorce Stories

Aug 8, 2012 by

When the news of Al Gore’s impending divorce from his wife Tipper was recently announced, the reason given for the split was that the senior couple had simply grown apart. The explanation seemed a bit odd for a couple who had been married for 4 decades and have grown children and grandchildren too. Suspicions of an affair died when no confirmation surfaced and the 62-year-old Gore seemed like a normal, but sedate senior who was simply tired of his marriage. Now, allegations that Al Gore...

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Booklet Helps Women Navigate the Terrain of Dividing Retirement Benefits

Aug 8, 2012 by

Non-profit Guide Explains How Women Can Avoid Losing the Pension and Save Themselves From Additional Pain During a Split The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) today released Divorce and Retirement: How to Take Control of Retirement Benefits, a short, commonsense guide on a complicated topic: splitting the financial assets — all of them — during a divorce. For hundreds of thousands of couples, this Valentine’s Day is only another reminder of the fraught...

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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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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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Can You Really Do-It-Yourself?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The economic hardships brought on by divorce causes many people to search for do-it-yourself options in order to save money. Before considering this alternative several questions must be answered. A major consideration in a Pro Se (or “for yourself” divorce without an attorney) is the law in the state where the divorcing couple resides. State law rather than federal law governs the process of divorce. Some states make divorce simple, especially when there are no minor children...

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Catching Cheaters Online

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is common knowledge that the recently relaxed privacy settings on Facebook have enabled some members’ personal details to be leaked without them realizing it. What people might not know is that social media stalking has become a widespread evidence-gathering tool for attorneys involved in divorce cases. In the old days attorneys would have to get the goods on cheating spouses by using private investigators to snoop around with cameras. Now they just go online to look for compromising...

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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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Court Clerks Sued for Collecting Illegal Fees in Divorce Cases

Aug 8, 2012 by

TAMPA, Fla., March 25 — The Clerks of the Circuit Court have been charging and collecting illegal filing fees in divorce cases throughout the state, according to a class action lawsuit filed today in Hillsborough County. Thousands of cases have been affected and over one million dollars of illegal fees collected by the court clerks since last July, the lawsuit alleges. The suit was filed by several people who paid such fees in their own cases, on behalf of themselves and other people who...

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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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Divorce by Jury

Aug 8, 2012 by

Georgia and Texas are the only states where a couple can get divorced in a full-blown jury trial proceeding, including a verdict handed down by 12 of their peers. Although everyone knows jury trials are far more expensive and labor intensive than other forms of divorce, the laws remain on the books in Georgia and Texas even though they are rarely utilized. It appears that the threat of a jury trial alone is enough to make most parties in a divorce do their best to try and work out the details...

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Divorce Lawyers Opting for Valentine’s Truce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Valentine’s Day isn’t always a celebration of undying romantic love. This year, family law attorneys in Texas are exploring ways that disputing couples can play nice, whether they stay together or are torn asunder. For decades, litigation was the only avenue for parties in trouble. The couples would simply load their weapons and come out blazing. During the 1990s, collaborative law was developed as a viable alternative to litigation, offering a more civilized form of divorce for...

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Divorce in the Military

Aug 8, 2012 by

If you or someone you know is in the service and planning to get a divorce, you should know that military divorce proceedings differ from divorces taking place between two civilian parties. When one or both parties are of active duty military status, including Guard and Reserves, and retired military, there will be additional dispositions of the divorce decree which will be taken into consideration. It is vitally important that you educate yourself in military divorce law and its effects on...

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Divorce Papers Accuse Nevada Governor of Infidelity

Aug 8, 2012 by

An affair with a Playboy model was one of the charges levied against Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons by his estranged wife Dawn. The accusation hit the news yesterday when the Washoe County Family Court unsealed the records on the case giving journalists plenty to talk about. The divorce documents allege that Gibbons had two affairs, one with a former Playboy model and another with a women to whom he sent over 800 text messages. Governor Gibbons says both women are “just friends” but...

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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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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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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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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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