Online Resources

Aug 8, 2012 by

The online resources listed below offer divorce information in the areas surrounding divorce. Many of these related resources can cover areas such as child custody, alimony, child support, counseling, mediation and many other areas realted to the process of divorce. Please be advised that the information below and the links listed by third parties are not necessarily endorsed by divorce.com and its partners. They are just resources similar to our site that perhaps can help you get the...

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Reduce Attorney Your Fees – Three Ways

Aug 8, 2012 by

One of my favorite attorney jokes goes like this: A client who felt his legal bill was too high asked his lawyer to itemize costs. The statement included this item: “Was walking down the street and saw you on the other side. Walked to the corner to cross at the light, crossed the street and walked quickly to catch up with you. Got close and saw it wasn’t you. -$50.00.” The joke plays on the stereotype that attorneys charge for everything and anything. But the truth of the...

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Filing for Divorce : Part One

Aug 8, 2012 by

Getting a divorce is emotionally stressful and it can also be costly and lengthy. While many divorcing couples simply want to get the whole thing over with quickly, this is not always possible. The divorce laws are complicated and vary from state-to-state. (You can find the divorce laws for all 50 states at the Cornell University Law School website. The stages of a divorce are basically the same no matter where you live, but to get the best results and to protect your rights, it is a good idea...

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More Mandatory Counseling

Aug 8, 2012 by

As divorce rates rise and marriage rates decline across the U.S., more state governments are insisting on mandatory counseling in an effort to keep a lid on the number of failed marriages and reduce the number of clogged courtrooms. The latest state to jump on the mandatory counseling bandwagon is Wyoming, where state lawmaker Rep. Ed Buchanan has introduced a bill that would require couples who want to get married, or divorced, in Wyoming to pay for three hours of counseling. The bill also...

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What are Your Divorce Alternatives?

Aug 8, 2012 by

A divorce can be a devastating event for everyone involved. When a marriage is in trouble, divorce should be regarded as the last resort after all other avenues have been exhausted. It should not be seen as a quick and easy way out of a difficult relationship. As long as both parties involved have some interest in salvaging and hopefully preserving the union, there are always alternatives to breaking up a marriage. Marriage counseling from a licensed therapist or clergy member is a practical...

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Larry King’s Divorce May Be Off

Aug 8, 2012 by

Even though, Larry King and his wife both filed for divorce last week in Los Angeles on the same day, after 13 years of marriage, each stating irreconcilable differences, it appears the CNN talk show host may not be divorcing his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, after all. King’s lawyer, Dennis Wasser, said, “There’s a 50-50 chance this divorce is not happening. His focus is on the best interest of his children. It’s not clear to me which way he’s going to turn on...

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DUI & Child Custody – More than Just Money?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Everyone knows that a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol can be a very expensive proposition. One first-time DUI conviction can easily end up costing a driver over $10,000 in associated fines and costs in most states today. However, the non-financial aspects of a DUI conviction can often turn out to be far more costly than the monetary penalties. While the fines for driving under the influence vary from state to state, there are no bargains. It is a good bet...

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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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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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Should I get divorced or work on my marriage?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My hubby and i have been married for 15 years and we are having problems and i want a divorce should i get one or work on my marriage? (Mississippi) State:  Mississippi Answer:  Divorce or reconciliation in a 15-year marriage? Our recommendation is that you attempt to reconcile your differences and try to get along. Our basic premise here at Divorce.com is that marriage is always preferable to divorce unless there is abuse or...

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How can I file for a divorce if I’m here in the Philippines?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I need advice. I was married in California but now in Philippines and it has been 8 years already since I last heard from my husband without any support. I just want to get my divorce to have everything cleared out. How can I file for a divorce if I’m here in the Philippines? I can no longer go back to California due to my visa status. Please advise. State:  Washington Answer:  Although you now live in the...

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My husband is cheating on me. Any benefits for me in the divorce process?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  If my husband is cheating on me – are there any benefits for me in the divorce process? State:  California Answer:  People do not usually look to find something good within a situation where your husband is cheating on you. There is not really much you can get from a situation like that unless it is assigning blame or fault in a marriage prior to a divorce. Commission of adultery is not exactly a great reflection on a...

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Understanding the Divorce Process

Aug 8, 2012 by

The divorce process, or dissolution of a marriage, is initiated when one spouse is notified of the other spouse’s intention to seek a divorce. In most states, the formal method of notifying a spouse of an impending divorce is to furnish the other party with a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition is a document that describes the types of arrangements a spouse is seeking from the divorce. Property division, child custody, support and alimony are all issues that are...

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About getting a divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I am married to a U.S citizen and I am Filipino. After our wedding last 2004, he left for the states (GA) and up to now i haven’t seen him in person for almost 6 years now. We do not have a divorce in Philippines, can i file a divorce online? State:  Georgia Answer:  Maybe. Even though divorce is not recognized under Philippine laws, divorce decrees secured outside the Philippines are recognized in certain instances. You...

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Can you re-negotiate after the divorce has been finalized in California?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Can you go back and re-negotiate after the divorce has been finalized in California? State:  California Answer:    Thank you for your question, You can’t re-negotiate the divorce per se. However, you can ask the court to modify child support, child custody arrangements, and spousal support where you can demonstrate that changed circumstances warrant a change. For example, if you are paying child support and lose...

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Question about separation and divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What is the difference between separation and divorce?- Megan **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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Does Virginia have the sunset clause?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Does Virginia have the sunset clause and if so, if a marriage has lasted 10 years, can the prenup be questioned, or even disregarded? State:  Virginia Answer:  Interesting question. Technically, no state “has” sunset clauses. Sunset clauses in divorce usually refer to an expiration or “end date” at which time a prenuptial agreement ceases to be in effect. Individual states do not create or end prenuptial...

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Is there any way I can get a divorce from him without paying for it?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I have been separated from my husband for over 20 years. Is there any way I can get a divorce from him without paying for it. (WI) State:  Wisconsin Answer:  Probably not. As much as your marriage might seem like a foregone conclusion after 20 years of separation, your marriage does not simply evaporate. You will still have to get a divorce and that will cost money. You can save some money by gathering and filing the paperwork...

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Can I obtain a divorce from here or do I need to return to Alabama? Long Distance

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband and I have been seperated since November 2004. No formal seperation papers have been drawn. I now live in Pennsylvania while he still resides in Alabama. Can I obtain a divorce from here or do I need to return to Alabama? State:  Pennsylvania Answer:  No need to file in Alabama. You can file for divorce in the state where you now reside. As long as you have been living in Pennsylvania for at least 6 months you can...

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Divorce & Money Problems

Aug 8, 2012 by

Even though Dubai is one of the top financial cities in the world, the wealthy UAE emirate is not unaffected by the many woes of modern society. Dubai’s rising divorce rate has been a cause for concern as more than one fifth of marriages in the tiny 1,500 square mile country ended up in divorce last year, according to the figures released by the Dubai Statistics Center. Reports in the Dubai Media early last year were optimistic when the statistics showed that divorce rate dropped in the...

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