Protecting Divorce Records

Aug 8, 2012 by

Identity theft is a growing problem in the United States these days and the theft of marriage and divorce records is part of the problem. Once a thief has access to a person’s marital records it can open the door for ongoing fraud and even though obtaining vital records illegally is a felony in most jurisdictions, it does not stop determined thieves. The situation has led some states to change their regulations to require photo identification for all vital records requests in an effort to...

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Divorce vs. Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

In today’s modern era of instant communication and instant gratification, divorce is no longer the social taboo it once was in the United States. In earlier decades divorce was viewed much more negatively and usually thought to be a disaster with far-reaching effects. It wasn’t until the divorce rate shot up in the 70′s, that people began to think that perhaps divorce was not such a bad thing after all. Many felt divorce provided a solution for unhappily married couples and...

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Mandatory Divorce Counseling

Aug 8, 2012 by

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy reports that although the divorce rate in the United States has backed off a bit due to the weak economy nearly 40% of all new marriages are still at risk of ending in divorce. The situation has motivated many state and local officials to step up community efforts to prevent divorce in the first place. Some of the solutions offered have been rules to make premarital counseling mandatory and extending the waiting period for a marriage...

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Divorce of Least Resistance

Aug 8, 2012 by

Critics of the no fault divorce laws here in the United States have long claimed that the ease of negotiating an uncontested divorce process is just too easy and actually encourages people to get divorced. Supporters refute the claim and say there is no reason a couple should be forced to endure a drawn-out divorce if they both agree to the split and the easier the process is, the better it is. While there may some merit in both sides of the argument, a recent divorce case in South Africa...

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Divorce Contests

Aug 8, 2012 by

Two of the most commonly misunderstood terms related to divorce in the United States today are “contested” divorces and “uncontested” divorces. The difference between the two types is usually measured in time and money, with contested divorces being the most difficult and expensive. Contested divorces are often caused by the hurt feelings and pain surrounding the termination of a marriage and resulting disagreements over difficult issues like property division and...

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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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