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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During a Divorce Articles

Aug 8, 2012 by

Coping with the challenges and difficulties presented during a divorce can be a bit like waging a war. Your divorce is a conflict between two opposite camps and comes with all the negative baggage necessary for a heated battle. The conflict can raise feelings of anger, regret, remorse and depression. You’ll need ample resources to stay positive and use the divorce as an opportunity for growth. It takes a calm approach to handle the financial matters and complex legal issues raised during...

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Filing a No-Fault Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

No matter what state you live in, the first thing you need in order to file for a no-fault divorce is the proper paperwork applicable to the jurisdiction you live in. All the states have different rules, requirements, and paperwork concerning filing for a divorce. Despite the fact that documents from different states may seem basically similar, your paperwork will not be accepted by your County Clerk if they are not the exact documents required and are completed correctly for the specific...

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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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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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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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Mutual Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Couples seeking a divorce have a few different options to consider beyond the usual method of getting a lawyer and letting him sort out the details. In some contested divorces involving large estates to be divided, the services of a divorce attorney are practically mandatory, but for many uncontested and less acrimonious divorces, divorce mediation could be a good alternative to hiring an attorney, especially when cost and convenience are compared. Mediation is usually an advantageous...

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Organizing Your Divorce Finances

Aug 8, 2012 by

For anyone going through a divorce, or considering a divorce, getting your finances in order is the first order of business. You can’t really take control of your life or even make progress toward building a new single life until you have a good grasp of your existing financial obligations and assets. The first step in evaluating your financial situation prior to a divorce should be organizing your financial paperwork, including all your incoming bills, all bank statements and any...

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The Problem with Kids

Aug 8, 2012 by

The problem with kids and divorce is that all too often it is the children who are the most negatively affected people in the family breakup. While the parents are busy and involved in the process of an ongoing divorce they can fail to recognize that the kids are getting the short end of things. The fact that very young children will not understand the divorce at all only makes things worse. The kids can get confused by the sudden and dramatic changes in their once normal daily lives and right...

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Relationships & Hardships

Aug 8, 2012 by

There are many reasons that could cause relationships to fail for married couples or couples about to be married. Communication problems are often the beginning of trouble and if a couple has problems talking to each other before a marriage, the problems will probably get worse over time. A healthy relationship is one where both partners are able to discuss the various aspects of married life openly and on a regular basis. Marriages and relationships without good communication usually do not...

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Separation in Divorce: Trial, Permanent, Legal, And Living Apart

Aug 8, 2012 by

 Separation as it pertains to divorcing couples is a contract between spouses who have agreed to separate and live in different locations prior to a divorce. Much like a divorce, a separation agreement will also address issues of property division, child custody, debts, child support, alimony, visitation and any other issues that need to be resolved in the settlement process. There is some confusion surrounding separation prior to divorce because there are actually four types of divorce...

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The State You Live in Can Influence the State of Your Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce was first legalized in the United States almost 300 years ago. Since that time, divorce laws have gone through many interesting changes, as have the divorce rates. In 2008 the divorce rate in the United States was 3.5 (per 1000 people), the lowest since 1970, when no-fault divorce first became available. Today, the divorce rate in the United States continues to go down, though these rates vary widely when broken down by state. The fact that divorce laws are created and enforced on a...

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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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What to Expect in Divorce Court

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although most people view marriage and divorce as separate components of a personal relationship, the law views a marriage as a legal union and a divorce as a legal termination of that union. Divorce is never an easy choice and the court process can be complicated and confusing. Arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible will make the process more understandable. Marriage and divorce are both governed by state statutes and not Federal law which means that the rules will vary depending...

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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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Assets, Debts & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorces are rarely easy and often made more difficult by property settlement issues. Keeping track and dividing marital property is often one of the primary issues during a divorce. In community property states everything earned during the marriage is owned equally by both spouses. The same mandate applies to debts as well. Even if only one spouse racked up the debts during a marriage, the other spouse is still responsible for half. It doesn’t matter whether the debts are due to credit...

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Children of Divorce at Risk

Aug 8, 2012 by

University of Toronto researchers published a study online this week in the journal Psychiatry Research that concludes that when children of divorce become adults they are far more likely to consider taking their own lives than people who grew up in intact families. It’s not good news but it appears there is an undeniable link between suicidal ideas in children from divorced families where additional parental stress like addiction, physical abuse and unemployment were also...

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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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Dividing Virtual Dollars in Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

As reported in the Beijing Morning Post, a Chinese woman claiming virtual assets as real property in her divorce settlement met a roadblock when the judge denied her request and gave them all to her husband instead. Even though the virtual assets were acquired during online gaming over the course of her marriage, the judge refused to recognize them as real property because both spouses played their game characters under an account in the same name. Just because the judge in China denied the...

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Divorce of Convenience

Aug 8, 2012 by

As we have noted before, the number of couples divorcing in China has been rising continuously since 2003 when the revised Regulation on Marriage Registration was enacted in that nation. In the first half of 2010 alone, over 848,000 Chinese couples registered for divorce and according to statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the numbers represent an increase of 10% over the year prior. Some have speculated that decreasing cohesiveness between married couples resulting from increased...

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