Proper way to go about a divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What papers should i get? How much will the divorce cost? how long? Will there be a court hearing? What if he does not show to the court hearing… is there a judge that will sign to make the divorce final? State:  Texas Answer:  You have succeeded in asking several questions that have no single quick answer. Considering that you live in Texas, you do have options, but what you will need, how long it will take, and how much...

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Husband won’t talk to me.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I have tried to ask my husband why’s and how come’s. He blames me for pushing him away, I’ve done everything to make him happy. I put my family first my whole life, well our kids have grown up – last one graduates 2010 June. I’ve been treated like I don’t exist – how can anyone live like this? I need out and him to pay for 20 years. State:  New Jersey Answer:  It is regrettable...

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Thinking about divorce and need some advice.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  HEY MY NAME IS PAULA.. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 12 YEARS NOW. AND WE DO NOT SEE EYE TO EYE.. JUST SEEM TO NOT GET ALONE WITH ONE ANOTHER. BEEMN GOING THROUGH THIS FOR A WHILE NOW. MAYBE SINCE I LOST MY JOB LAST YEAR. I FOUND WORK THIS YEAR IN MARCH. I LOVE MY JOB BUT MY HUSBAND THINKS I NEED TO WORK IN AN OFFICE.??? I AM WORKING AT A DAYCARE RIGHT NOW, I LOVE MY JOB.. BUT IT DOES NOT PAY ME ENOUGH… WE DO NOT AGREE ON THIS EITHER. TO ME A JOB IS A JOB.....

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Can I take the promotion even though my husband is against it?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  If we are thinking of divorce but have not acted on it, but I get a promotion to move out of state – can I take the promotion even though he is against it? (TX) State:  Texas Answer:  Let me see if I’ve got this right….you live in Texas, you are married, but not so happily and maybe considering a divorce. You’ve got a chance to take a promotion at work – but it means moving out of state and your...

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Can I make a stipulation that my husband can’t keep my step son from seeing me after our divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Can I make a stipulation that my husband can’t keep my step son from seeing me after our divorce.. Since I have been his primary provider for seven years.. His birth mother has not seen him since he was 6 years old and he is 14 now. State:  Oklahoma Answer:  Since you are not the birth mother of the child, it will help if the child in question chooses to spend time with you. The Oklahoma legislature passed a law in 2002...

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Divorce Online

Aug 8, 2012 by

You might gain your freedom and a new life with a divorce, but you will surely also gain what seems like a new full-time job of researching, completing and filing your divorce forms. Even if you have an attorney, it is impossible to get through a divorce in any state today without having to deal with the mountain of paperwork that comes along with the process. The various forms, affidavits and legal documents associated with a divorce start needing your attention as soon as you initiate the...

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Divorce Filings Up Worldwide

Aug 8, 2012 by

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is back in the news again. This time it’s not a press release indicating more social media websites being utilized in divorce cases, instead the Academy members are noting that as the American economy picks up, so does the rate of new divorce filings. As the nation’s economy slowly recovers and people have more disposable income, more unhappy couples that were previously unable to afford a costly divorce are apparently now deciding to take...

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Divorce Terms – I

Aug 8, 2012 by

IMPEACHMENT – Proving a witness lacks credibility due to conflicting evidence or inconsistent statements. IN CAMERA – Usually occurs when a child gives testimony. Proceedings are held in the judge’s chambers without other participating parties present.  INCOME AND EXPENSE DECLARATION – A form completed by the parents that is used to determine the amount of child support that will be paid. This document includes income, assets, expenses and liabilities. ...

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10 Tips Before You Hire a Divorce Lawyer

Aug 8, 2012 by

Not everyone needs an attorney to get divorced. Simple, uncontested divorces without the complications of large estates to be divided and without children involved do not always require the services of a lawyer. It does make sense to hire an attorney if your case is a contested divorce involving any type of abuse, dishonesty or bitter disagreements. You are also likely to need an attorney if your spouse has one. If you can’t afford an attorney, you should check with your state...

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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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No Abandonment Relief in Mississippi

Aug 8, 2012 by

The Mississippi Senate proposed a bill that would change Mississippi’s grounds for divorce as pertains to cases of abuse and abandonment. It was argued that under present Mississippi law, the abandonment statute serves to benefit an abusive spouse who stays in the home. The party who had been abused and decided to exit the home was left in a compromised position of not having abandonment as a grounds for divorce. This created situations where abusive husbands had the upper hand because...

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Stable Marriages & Single Parents

Aug 8, 2012 by

Whenever researchers study the effects of divorce on a family, they usually discover two main components, with the first being that divorce puts an end to any positive effects a functioning marriage might have had on the lives of the family. The second component is that divorce is usually the result of pre-existing marital conflicts. The benefits of a healthy marriage come from the emotional, social, and physical bonds formed in a secure relationship. Studies have shown married people have less...

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Final Steps

Aug 8, 2012 by

Your divorce settlement agreement is one of the last legal actions in a divorce and is the final binding agreement between spouses that legally defines the terms and conditions of the action. Divorce settlements cover the division of property as well as important issues like custody, visitation, and support. Settlement agreements must be signed by both parties and accepted by the court before they can be incorporated into the final divorce decree. When a divorcing couple cannot come to...

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Marital Settlement Agreement

Aug 8, 2012 by

What is a Marital Settlement Agreement? A marital settlement agreement is a divorce document or contract that outlines the terms of a divorce and the requirements of both parties after the divorce. The agreement should cover issues such as child custody, visitation, handling debt, paying mortgages, and spousal support. Do I Have to Have a Marital Settlement Agreement? Legally, no, but it’s a good idea. First of all, it shows the court that you through this through and it cuts down on the...

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Life after Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce in the United States no longer carries the social stigma it once did when divorce was viewed much more negatively and was thought to be the ultimate disaster that could befall a family. When the divorce rate began to rise after the widespread adoption of no fault divorce laws in the 70′s, many people began to propose that perhaps divorce was not such a bad thing after all and certainly better than staying in an unhappy marriage. Many people at the time felt divorce was a viable...

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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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