Mandatory Sex

Aug 8, 2012 by

The idea that if you’re married and unhappy with your sex life, you should be able to sue your spouse and get a divorce too, is a concept that appears to be taking hold in Europe. In a unique ruling, a French court recently ordered a 51-year-old man to pay his ex-wife $14,000 in damages for failing to have enough sex with her during their 21-year marriage. The man named only as Jean-Louis B, was fined under Article 215 of France’s civil code which states that married couples must...

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Divorce Pre-Planning

Aug 8, 2012 by

Many estimates say the divorce rate in the United States has increased to the point where nearly half of all current first marriages will end in divorce. The numbers are even higher in some Western states like Nevada and California where over 60% of first marriages fail. Nationwide, first marriages have 50% failure rate, second marriages fail about 65% of the time and 75% of all third marriages end in divorce. However, the numbers for divorce rates in different individual cultural, economic and...

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The Real Rate of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce rates have been on the rise in the United States ever since the turn of the 20th century when the divorce rate in America was estimated to be less than 5% of all marriages. Divorces were more difficult to obtain back then because the parties had to prove sufficient cause like abuse, adultery and abandonment. During the 1940′s the American divorce rate was estimated to be about 14% of total marriages. The situation began to change when divorces in the U.S. began to rise after WWII...

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Advocating Children’s Rights

Aug 8, 2012 by

As the divorce rate in the United States continues to climb, so does the amount of damage to the most innocent members of the family, the children. Many of the legal issues and debates surrounding a divorce focus on the rights of the adults, and overlook what might be happening to vulnerable and confused children. Children are often put aside or ignored while the mechanics of a divorce, like who gets what, are worked out. When divorcing adults are distracted, it’s easy to forget the...

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Different Types of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Married couples in the United States do not have the right to get divorced. That right is granted by individual state courts, which also govern the specific terms, conditions and application of divorce laws too. The state courts all have different statutes on their books and interpret and enforce the divorce laws according the jurisdiction they are in, but generally the courts recognize three main types of divorce: absolute, limited and conversion. Three Types An absolute divorce occurs when a...

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Keeping Score: Did Divorce Rates Fall in 2009?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Annual reports from the National Center for Health Statistics keep track of marriages, births and divorces in the United States and depending on how you read the numbers, it appears the overall divorce rate slowed down a bit in 2009. In fact, the rates of all three major life events, marriages, births and divorces all seem to be on a slight, but steady decline compared to the numbers just two years ago. Taking a look at the actual numbers reveals a clear decline, but how the numbers are...

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Texas Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is often said that everything is bigger in Texas. However, the Lone Star state is actually only the second largest state in the U.S. in both size and population. That distinction does make Texas the state with the most people in the most places though, and many of the over 25 million Texas residents are getting divorced each year. According to the state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics, a steady rate of about 100,000 Texas divorces per year have been recorded over the last five years. Half...

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Differing State Divorce Statistics

Aug 8, 2012 by

The American Community Survey has recently released the state by state divorce statistics based on census figures for 2008, and the numbers reveal that the divorce statistics in United States vary greatly from one region to another. While some of the differences in state divorce statistics are affected by other variables such as population density, the results of this study are at odds with many of the assumptions that are made on the family values and traditions of different parts of the...

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Divorcing Down Under

Aug 8, 2012 by

The news from Down Under concerning the state of divorce in Australia seems to mirror that of the United States when it comes to increasing money worries in a tight economy leading to a rise in the number of total divorces in that country. As reported recently in The Sydney Morning Herald the number of divorces in Australia increased 5% from 2008 to 2009.  The figure of 49,448 divorces in 2009 represents 2.3 divorces per 1000 people and is the first increase in the number and rate of...

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Divorce Rate

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce rates in the United States have been slowly increasing since 1970 and today some estimates claim the figure has reached nearly 50%, or half of all marriages. The numbers are debatable though, because different cultural, economic and social groups all have different divorce rates. Recent studies also suggest couples with higher incomes get divorced less frequently. However you measure the rate, divorce has huge consequences for individuals, families and communities alike. The 50% figure...

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Hidden Costs of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recent studies show that the number of children of divorce living in single parent households compared to those living in two parent families has risen steadily in the last decade to the point that now nearly 50% of all children live with one parent only. At the same time, the number of divorces in the United States has risen to a near 50% level as well and the number of children touched by divorce in has increased right along with the number of divorces in the country. All those kids living...

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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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Census: Longer Marriages

Aug 8, 2012 by

According to recently released data from the recent U.S. Census, people in the United States are staying married longer. The Census figures indicate that 72% of married couples currently consist of two spouses in their first marriage. Only 6% of married couples have wives in their second marriage and husband in their first, and only 8% of married couples have a husband in his second marriage and a wife in her first. Just 1% of married couples consist of spouses married three or more times...

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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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Streamline Your Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce laws in the United States vary according to the laws of the state and county a divorce tales place in, but there are some legal issues and responsibilities that are common to most divorces regardless of the jurisdiction. Many of the common elements of divorce deal with following the rules of the court and using common sense to make sure a divorce is completed quickly, legally and with as few complications as possible. Applying some of these common divorce steps and guidelines will allow...

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Daughters of Divorce Grow up Fast

Aug 8, 2012 by

A surprising study by researchers at the University of Berkeley, California published Sept. 17 in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that middle-class girls without fathers at home reach puberty earlier than those from similar background with a father in the house. The study monitored 440 girls from age’s six to eight for factors including weight, height, breast and pubic hair development, father’s presence and incomes. The data clearly showed that in families with incomes of...

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Same-Sex and Marriage in the Census

Aug 8, 2012 by

New Census Bureau data released Monday from the American Community Survey of 3 million households shows that 76% of those who have ever been married, have been married just one time. The figures are 20% for those who have been married twice and 5% have been married three or more times. The new data also shows almost 200,000 fewer same-sex couples than the previous year with 565,000 same-sex couples in 2008 and 754,000 in 2007. Census officials stated there was no intention of altering the...

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Divorce Differences

Aug 8, 2012 by

California became the first state to adopt no-fault divorce law back in 1970 and in the years that followed every other state in the nation has adopted similar divorce laws. New York was the last state in the union to require at-fault divorce grounds until 2010 when the New York Senate and Assembly put no-fault divorce laws on the books in that state too. No-fault divorce laws that permitted one spouse to terminate a marriage without a specific fault being assigned to either party were adopted...

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File for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

In order to file for a divorce, the first thing that must be done is the filing of a complaint or petition for dissolution of the marriage with the court that has jurisdiction over the case. Even if both parties are in agreement about the divorce and there are no complex issues to be decided, one spouse must still file a petition to initiate the process. The petition is a formal request asking the court to terminate the marriage and the person making the request is known as the plaintiff. The...

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Unreality Check

Aug 8, 2012 by

A scientific study about to be published by a psychologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois has been making a bit of commotion in the news lately. It seems some people are not too happy with the findings that Daniel Molden, assistant professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, and his staff have concluded from an experiment to examine the differences between the ways dating couples and married couples view their respective significant...

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