Divorce Wars TV

Aug 8, 2012 by

The CNBC television network is set to cash in on the public’s fascination with the spectacle of divorce among the rich and famous. Well, maybe just the rich in this instance, as the new documentary scheduled to air at the end of March this year doesn’t really deal with celebrities, but does delve into the confidential world of multi-million dollar divorces. According to network press releases, CNBC anchor Melissa Francis will report on the battles for “control, power, and...

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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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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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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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How Does Your City Rank for Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent article in Men’s Health magazine has ranked 100 U.S. metropolitan areas according to their prospects for divorce. The magazine analyzed the rates of failed marriages, the divorce laws, the percentages of those divorced, and the number of licensed marriage and family therapists in each city. The magazine’s results roughly mirror data from the U.S. government’s National Center for Health Statistics that shows some urban areas definitely experience more divorces than...

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How do we settle our debt?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  We have a house with a $78,000 owed on and a Visa bill of $15,000. Almost everything is in his name only, I sold my land where we did live and I have money tied in this place too, plus I help pay bills. What should I do? He has told me he would settle with me of half of the Visa bill of 4000.00 and I let him keep the house – but I feel I’m losing everything I help put in it. State:  Kentucky Answer:  While we...

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Divorce in Missouri

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I have been married for 19 years. 10 years of that was in atlanta Ga. which I considerd good but, after moving back to our home town in st. louis,Mo, things went downhill. for one I was recently diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and have not worked for 15 months. I am on a set income through disability. My wife has a serious gambling habit which started when we moved back to stl. her family and friends are aware of this problem and she will not get help. on top of this she...

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Unemployment & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

A study of employment and divorce recently conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University and soon to be published in the American Journal of Sociology, includes some interesting observations for men who are married and unemployed. The researchers tracked information on over 3,500 American married couples taken from the US National Survey of Families and Households to show how employment status affects marriage and divorce, The results of the Ohio State study suggest that while modern...

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Child support in NY

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  We are above average wage earners, my wife, the likely custodial parent makes 250,000 while I earn 240,000 per year. We have 2 children 7 and 4 years old. We live in a district with an excellent public school system. What is a my fair share share of child support? I understand that beyond 25% of 80,000, the judge has discretion. What is typical? Thankyou. State:  New York Answer:  The New York State Office of Temporary and...

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affidavit for divorce if it has been more than two years since filed other person hasnot signed yet what to do?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Affidavit for divorce. If it has been more than two years since filed other person has not signed yet what to do? **Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by Divorce.com, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. State:  Alabama ...

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Can I file bankruptcy during a legal separation without damaging my husbands credit?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Can I file bankruptcy during a legal separation without damaging my husbands credit? We have separated all the bills and I will not be able to afford my portion. If I file for bankruptcy will it affect him at all? State:  California Answer:  Hmmm. It sounds like you are going to need to consult a bankruptcy attorney. The handling of debt settlements changed with the 2005 Bankruptcy Code. Prior to the change you could file...

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Wife asks if divorce from husban who is in prison is possible.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Can I get a divorce from my husband who is in prison? He won’t sign the papers. State:  Kentucky Answer:  Since you reside in Kentucky, a no-fault divorce state, all that is required as grounds for seeking a divorce is “Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and that further attempts at reconciliation are impractical or futile and not in the best interests of the parties or family”. The fact that your...

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Grounds for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My wife has been taking medications over the past few years to include Xanax and Lexapro. She also had a hysterectomy in Sept. 2008 so she was on hormone replacement and she has a low thyroid so she was taking medication for that. This past July 4th weekend, she had a religous conversion and has stopped taking all of her meds, cut them off cold turkey. She has turned completely “cold” towards me. There hasn’t been any intimacy since a couple of weeks before...

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How can i find out if my ex has filed for a divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  how can i find out if my x has filed for a divorce? State:  Wyoming Answer:  Most spouses learn officially that their spouse has filed for a divorce because they are “served” with the divorce petition. Another way to find out is to go to your local courthouse and speak with the clerk about the method that your local court has for locating divorce petitions. Many court houses now have computerized records and could...

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How long do you have to service Divorce Petition Papers once they are approved?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  How long do you have to service Divorce Petition Papers once they were approved by the courts in the state of Maryland? State:  Maryland Answer:  I am not a Maryland attorney, but I did some legal research to find the answer to your question. According to my research, the “Writ of Summons” which the court issued when you filed your initial papers is valid for 60 days. In other words, you would have to complete...

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Divorce Rates Dropping

Aug 8, 2012 by

The latest round of divorce statistics show that young married couples may be bonding more in the current difficult economic climate. A study conducted by the National Marriage Project at the University in Virginia concluded that the recession may have the effect of strengthening marital commitments and delaying divorces at the same time. The shift is quite apparent when looking at places like New York where critics had predicted that the recently enacted no-fault divorce law in that state...

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Divorce Terms – P

Aug 8, 2012 by

PALIMONY – Support that is paid even if there was no legal marriage between the two parties.  PARENS PATRIAE – Action where a state obtains jurisdiction over a minor residing within state borders. Used to help decide which state will assume jurisdiction in a custody case.   PARENTING CLASSES – Courses designed to help parents minimize the negative effects of divorce on their children.   PARTY – Refers to both the plaintiff and defendant in a legal...

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California Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The Golden State may have more people than any other state, but it is not credited with the highest per capita divorce rate in the nation (that distinction belongs to Nevada). California probably does have the highest total number of divorces in the country, but since the state is one of four in the nation (along with Colorado, Indiana and Louisiana) that do not keep track of overall numbers, it is difficult to know for certain. If you are searching for a specific divorce record in California,...

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All about Alimony

Aug 8, 2012 by

Most people know that alimony is usually a series of cash payments from one person to his or her ex-spouse. Alimony is separate and different from child support and can only be awarded by a judge. Like divorce laws, the rules for awarding alimony differ from state to state and many factors can influence the decision process. Judges wield the most authority as to when alimony is considered appropriate and when it is not. State laws may require judges to consider circumstances such as standard of...

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Discovery versus Privacy in Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

It was just three years ago that members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers noted that the number of divorce cases that included evidence gleaned from social media websites and other electronic data had increased exponentially over the last few years.  Since then, electronic evidence gathering has only picked up more steam and today the average citizen is capable of being tracked in more new ways than ever before. Anyone who has watched TV knows that forensic computer...

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