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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Cohabitation Threat

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study released by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values found that although divorce used to be the biggest threat to marriage in the United States in years past, cohabiting households represent the largest threat to the quality and stability of children’s family lives in the United States today. The report shows that an increasing number of U.S. couples are deciding to have children without being married and that decision places those children at...

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Legal Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although divorce laws in the United States are governed almost exclusively by the laws of the state and county the divorcing couple resides in, there are other legal issues and rights surrounding most divorces that are common to all regardless of jurisdiction. It is up to each individual spouse in a divorce case to make sure they follow the rules of the court as well as their own common sense to insure their divorce is completed legally without unnecessary complications. Here are some common...

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Tripling Divorce Parties

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although divorce has generally been considered a social taboo in Japan, the weakened economy there has been taking a toll on marriage relationships in that country and the number of divorces has definitely been on the rise. Along with the growing rate of divorce in Japan came the idea for divorce celebration ceremonies where couples celebrate their divorces as a more positive way to end a marriage than a typically depressing divorce hearing in a courtroom. Now, following the March earthquake...

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Domestic Violence & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The stress and tension of divorce causing episodes of domestic violence is unfortunately all too common in the U.S. and Canada today. The statistics show that women are far more likely to be victims than men and some studies have estimated that as many as 30% of all divorces in some U.S. states will involve domestic violence of some kind. A survey from Canada showed that about one in five women said marital breakdown was the cause of domestic violence in their relationships. The emotional and...

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FamilyLife Invites Recently Unemployed Couples to Attend Marriage Conference for Free

Aug 8, 2012 by

FamilyLife, the global, donor-supported leader in marriage conferences, will present Weekend to Remember in Charlotte on Feb. 20 – 22. The Weekend to Remember marriage conference aims to strengthen healthy marriages and heal troubled ones in an engaging, supportive and non-threatening environment. While every couple is encouraged to attend, FamilyLife would like to extend a special invitation to area couples who have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis to attend the Weekend to...

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Divorce Education

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is always a good idea to educate yourself about the laws and related legal processes that govern the process of divorce before you sign any papers. You don’t have to take classes or become a lawyer to understand your divorce, but understanding the basics of the process can help reduce some of the mental and emotional strain involved if you know what to expect in advance. Unlike a Las Vegas wedding, people cannot just stop in for a quick divorce in Las Vegas or any other town in the...

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Economically Depressed Divorce Rate

Aug 8, 2012 by

The divorce rate in the United States have been slowly inching upward since 1970 and today many source claim the figure has reached the point where half of all marriages eventually fail in this country. However, the numbers are definitely debatable when one considers the different cultural, economic and social groups that each have different divorce rates within the general population. The 50% figure for some groups may be accurate for recent years, but other studies have indicated that the...

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Defense of Marriage Act Under Fire

Aug 8, 2012 by

A New York Congressman plans to introduce a bill in Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or at least repeal the part of the Act that denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the United States today. It is uncertain whether or not Congressman Jerry Nadler’s bill would tackle repeal of the entire DOMA or just the part of the Act that addresses federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The Act now states that the U.S. government does not recognize...

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Basic Elements of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Before you file for a divorce, you should know that the right to get a divorce in the United States does not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, but is instead is always granted by individual state courts. Those state courts also govern the varying terms and conditions of divorce laws too. The courts in all 50 states have different statutes on their books and interpret the laws according the jurisdiction they are in, but in general there are several types of divorce common to...

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Latest Divorce Statistics

Aug 8, 2012 by

There have been many different numbers tossed around as to the actual rate of divorce in the United States these days. The oft-repeated 50% number may be nearly correct for certain segments of the population, but new information in the 2009 America’s Families and Living Arrangements study from the U.S. Census Bureau shows some interesting new figures. Another source of new data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show the divorce rate in the U.S. has been dropping for...

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World’s Easiest Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Critics of no fault divorce in the United States frequently complain that the absence of a requirement to prove a fault or wrong-doing in a marriage in order to obtain a divorce not only makes it too easy to complete, but also actually serves to encourage divorce. The claim may be strengthened somewhat by the fact that the statistics do show that the incidence of divorce rose in almost every jurisdiction that no fault divorce laws were adopted in. However, to be fair, one could also point out...

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Real Divorce Rates at Home & Abroad

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although the United States still has the highest rate of divorce in the world today, many sub-groups within the population have more stable relationships and lower divorce rates than the national averages. It can be difficult to get accurate information on the true divorce rate here in America and the rest of the world because there seem to be many conflicting reports as to what the actual rates really are. Depending on where you get your news, the rates can be quite different. One often quoted...

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National Divorce Rates Falling

Aug 8, 2012 by

The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s attempts to take the nation’s pulse through examining the hard data gleaned from that door-to-door effort contains some very interesting numbers related to marriage and divorce in the United States. It looks like the last fifteen years of endless reams of professional papers, along with reality TV shows and on-the-air talk show therapists weighing in on the subject may finally be having a positive effect in the area of divorce as the...

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Divorce, Family and Society

Aug 8, 2012 by

Marriage in the United States is no longer the lasting institution it once was. Every year over a million American families will experience a divorce and over half of the kids born this year will witness their parent’s divorce before they reach the age of eighteen. Although there may be some benefit for children stuck in abusive family situations, the effects of a divorce are usually physically, emotionally and financially negative for everyone involved. The experience of divorce, even a...

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Facebook & Divorce Down Under

Aug 8, 2012 by

By now almost everyone has heard that social media websites have been cited as a big factor in many recent divorces in the United States. Popular social media websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and others have become the latest battlegrounds in divorce and child-support contests due to the fact that Attorneys and private investigators can so easily find incriminating evidence on the Internet. Last year, over three quarters of the attorneys surveyed in an American...

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Pet Custody Cases on the Rise

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorcing couples have always fought like cats and dogs over child custody in divorce court, but these days it is becoming increasingly common that the battles are actually about who gets custody of the cats and dogs in the home. Members of the 1,600-member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers concur on this point and have reported that divorce lawyers across the nation have seen a steady rise in the number of pet custody cases on the docket that began in 2000, and continues to rise...

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