If my husband leaves the country will I get alimony?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband is treating to leave the county(Brazil) so he does’nt have to pay my spousal support of $1750.00 per month! We were married 23 years! Can he flee! Thanks State:  California Answer:  Your husband can flee the country and will not be extradited for unpaid alimony . However, his failure to pay alimony here in the USA can lead to contempt of court charges, fines, notices on his credit report and liens against any...

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Splitting the Property or Why Won’t I Get Half of Everything in My Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

When a couple gets married they often assume their marriage will last forever. Few spouses familiarize themselves with state divorce laws before their wedding day, and if the marriage does end, there is usually a bit of confusion about who will receives what portion of the marital property. Unfortunately, divorce laws are not uniform. Each state has it’s own unique laws which have evolved as a result of foreign influences, political pressure, and religious traditions. The result is that...

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Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth – Late-Stage Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The recent announcement that Al Gore and his wife Tipper (right) are divorcing after more than 40 years of marriage has caused people to take notice of the fact that more seniors seem to be getting divorced now than ever before. Statistics from The Office of National Statistics show that the overall rate of divorce in the United States is dropping within every age group studied except those over-60. Senior divorce is not news to professionals who deal with marriage, separation and divorce...

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Divorce Varies by State

Aug 8, 2012 by

One of the things that many people don’t realize about divorce is that it’s not a federally defined issue. Like many things in life, the states have their own ability to define divorce statutes, and that means that there are fifty different interpretations of the same situation across the United States. Individual divorces have to be approached on a specific, state by state basis, but there are some things that you should know about state definitions on the whole. One of the things...

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Marriage vs. Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

In today’s modern era of instant communication and instant gratification it is estimated that the divorce rate in the United States is hovering around 50% for certain socio-economic sectors. Back in less evolved times when the divorce rate was in the single digits, divorce was thought to be a greater calamity for the family with far-reaching negative affects. When the divorce rate began skyrocketing upwards in the late 1970′s, the modern observers of the time began saying that...

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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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Divorce Children

Aug 8, 2012 by

Then number of children affected by divorce in the United States has increased in direct proportion to the number of divorces in the country. Research estimates show the ratio of children of divorce living in single parent households (compared to two parent families) has risen from about 20% in the early 1960′s up to nearly 50% in the last decade. The number of kids living with one parent in the U.S. today mirrors estimates that claim half of all marriages now end in divorce. Studies have...

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Step Families & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

No one gets married thinking their union will end in divorce, but statistics show that one in two first marriages will split at some point, and at least sixty percent of second marriages fail. Although divorce rates for certain segments of the population have decreased in the last several years, the proliferation of online divorce document services in states that allow no-fault divorce have made divorce easier to accomplish than ever before. Studies also document that in the United States; more...

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The Recession Might Save Your Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia performs a lot of studies on family issues and divorce is obviously a component of any study that looks at marriages in the United States today. The most recent undertaking published by the Marriage project is the Survey of Marital Generosity, which apparently shows a trend where many couples who had been considering a divorce before the recent recession, changed their minds and postponed their breakup for economic reasons. The survey...

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Prenups Gaining Traction in U.K.

Aug 8, 2012 by

The current trend toward increasing reliance on prenuptial agreements for marriages in the United States seems to be taking hold in the United Kingdom as well. In a recent case that went before the British Supreme Court, a plaintiff’s request to change a prenup signed in 1998 was denied. The court upheld the agreement indicating that British divorce law is taking the same basic direction as the law in the United States. The recent case involved a banker, Nicolas Granatino, who appealed to...

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Divorce Steps

Aug 8, 2012 by

Making the decision to get a divorce is never easy and there are often many obstacles to overcome along the way. Before you file for divorce you might think about setting some basic goals as to what outcome you want from the situation. Consider all your options when choosing how you file, whether or not you will need an attorney and whether or not you will try mediation, a marriage counselor or other divorce-related professional services before you start drawing up any legal documents. If you...

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More Facebook Divorce Danger

Aug 8, 2012 by

Loyola University in Chicago issued a press release that adds more fuel to the Facebook infidelity fire warning married couples that if they want to protect their marriages, they should definitely stay away from Facebook. The divorce dangers Facebook present have been evident for a while now. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers made news a few years ago when it pointed out that nearly 80 percent of its member lawyers were using social networking sites to gather evidence in divorce...

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I have been separated for so long does it matter if my husband contests?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I have been separated from my husband for over 10 years. I met someone recently and we are talking about getting married. Since, I have been separated for so long does it matter if he contests it? And also what if I can’t locate him? State:  Pennsylvania Answer:  Upon filing your divorce petition, your spouse has 30 days to respond if he lives in Pennsylvania. He has 60 days if he lives outside of Pennsylvania, and 90...

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Creating Prenups

Aug 8, 2012 by

The use of prenuptial agreements is more common among second and third marriages than for first time unions. That fact is completely understandable in the U.S. today where the divorce rate for first-time marriages is around 50% and the numbers get worse from there. Divorce statistics show that currently around 65% of second marriages and 75% of third marriages will end in divorce in the United States. As people age and accumulate more assets and experience, prenuptial agreements are a good way...

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Americans Favor Gay Unions Over Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recently released figures from the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey show that while 57% of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions, 53% of Americans say they are opposed to same-sex marriages. Just 39% percent say they support legal recognition for gay marriages. The survey indicates that while most Americans do not favor same-sex marriages, the ratio is changing and support is slowly growing. The increase in support for...

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Divorce Rates Rising Fast in Far East

Aug 8, 2012 by

Many people have commented that the divorce rate in the United States, estimated to be near 50%, is excessively high. Even a divorce rate of 40% would be a number that many sociologists and family therapists feel reflects a culture where troubled relationships are disturbingly common. There is no doubt that society is changing in the United States as well as in the rest of the world too and the rising divorce rates seem to go right along with modern civilization. However, as high as it is, the...

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New Reasons to Combat Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

There were some interesting thoughts published recently on the Atlantic Wire Blog pointing out that social conservatives in the United States, and especially within the Christian Right movement, appear to be renewing their efforts to get tough on the rising rate of divorce in this country. Blog author Ray Gustini postulates that with California’s Proposition 8 recently overturned and public support for same-sex marriage on the rise across the country, social conservatives appear to be...

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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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Divorce information by State

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is important to learn as much as you can about divorce laws before you start making decisions that will affect your future. Navigating the maze of divorce laws can be a bit confusing for the average person though .  Alabama Illinois Montana Rhode Island Alaska Indiana Nebraska South Carolina Arizona Iowa Nevada South Dakota Arkansas Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee California Kentucky New Jersey Texas Colorado Louisiana New Mexico Utah Connecticut Maine New...

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Interpreting Divorce Rates

Aug 8, 2012 by

No one gets married with divorce as the goal. Americans today all agree that marriages are preferable to divorces and that marriage is better for the family, the children and the community in general. Unfortunately, divorce rates have been on the rise in the United States for several decades. Divorces in the United States used to be much harder to obtain. Back around the turn of the century divorces were much harder to obtain because the spouses had to prove a sufficient cause like abuse,...

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