Divorce Blame

Feb 11, 2013 by

Although someone usually gets blamed whenever a marriage fails, suing your local church congregation for your divorce is definitely an unusual circumstance. Whenever a divorce occurs, someone is likely to be blamed for causing it. That fact is simply human nature, and it is hard to imagine that no one would receive at least a small bit of blame and that everyone would be equally happy and completely guilt-free when a close personal relationship is finally and legally terminated. It is almost...

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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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Same-Sex Divorce Ruling Appealed

Aug 8, 2012 by

Following a Dallas appeals court panel ruling in August that prevented the same-sex divorce of two Texas men who had previously been married in Massachusetts, yet another motion has been filed in the Lone Star State’s courts. Now attorneys for one of the men have filed a motion requesting a re-hearing of the case by the 5th District Court of Appeals. The plaintiff and his legal team had three options and felt that requesting a re-hearing by the 13-justice 5th District Court would help...

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State Divorce Forms

Aug 8, 2012 by

The old saying about marriage has always been that it’s easy to get into, but difficult to get out of. That is true for a number of reasons, most of them having to do with all of the work that goes into preparing for a divorce. Unfortunately, you can’t just wake up one day and decide to legally split and be done with it. You have to go through a rigid process, and it’s one that includes tons of different forms. The difficult and confusing part of this is that these divorce...

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Divorce & Social Security

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although anyone over 50 probably knows that the Social Security Administration sends out annual statements that can assist pre-retirees in estimating their benefits in the future, very few are aware how divorce and re-marriage can affect those resources and knowing the laws surrounding spousal and survivor benefits can prevent costly mistakes. Statistics show that Social Security is the main source of income for nearly three-quarters of all single retirees, and with a national divorce rate of...

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Jon & Kate Announce Divorce…or the Affect of Raising Children on Marital Stability

Aug 8, 2012 by

Television reality show stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, parents of twins and sextuplets, announced during an episode  (titled “Houses and Big Changes”) of their show on Monday night that they were separating after 10 years of marriage. Divorce papers were filed Monday afternoon in their hometown in Pennsylvania. The announcement was not a surprise. The tabloids have speculated on a Gosselin split for several months now, hinting that both Jon and Kate may have engaged in...

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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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Guaranteeing Fair Property Division in Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce is never easy. But it’s an even more stressful process when the parties involved struggle to reach a fair compromise on property division. Fortunately, there are steps everyone involved in a divorce proceeding can take to divide their property so that everyone is satisfied. The key is for couples to decide early in the process to work together to divide their assets in a way that is fair to everyone. This can take much of the unnecessary stress out of a divorce proceeding. Before...

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Divorce Events

Aug 8, 2012 by

Going through a divorce in a modern western country today is usually not a time when most people want to think about having a big celebration. Terminating a multi-year marriage can be an emotionally and financially exhausting experience for most people. However, the Times of India, reporting on event trends on the island nation of New Zealand, recently noted that an increasing number of Kiwi women are now holding separation or divorce parties that transform the end of their relationship into a...

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Tiger Woods Short on Divorce Cash

Aug 8, 2012 by

Despite nearly universal reports in the media that Tiger Woods’ divorce from wife Elin is going to cost him a cool $750 million and that Elin will also get full custody of couple’s two children, it look like the numbers may be wrong. It has been said that Woods had offered to settle for the exorbitant amount in exchange for a lifetime confidentiality clause that would prevent Nordegren from discussing his multiple affairs in the media. Various sources are now speculating that Elin...

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Marriage Calculator Figures Divorce Odds

Aug 8, 2012 by

What are the odds of you and your spouce getting a divorce in the next five years?  What about in the next ten?  Even though the divorce rate is on the decline, Betsey Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School says there are factors that can be used to predict whether or not you’re headed for a split.  She says things such as income and education levels factor into the likelihood of a couple staying together so she’s worked out a Divorce...

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Does it Matter Where You Live? – State Residency Requirements for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Deciding to get a divorce is never easy, but you can make the situation less stressful for yourself by understanding a few basic rules concerning divorce in your own specific area. One of the areas that causes a lot of confusion is understanding the state residency requirements for filing for divorce. Some people mistakenly believe that they must file for divorce in the same state where they were married. This is not the case unless they do in fact still reside in that state. Any person can...

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A Broken Family Justice System

Aug 8, 2012 by

Several Ontario, Canada Chief Justices commenting on a report from the Law Commission of Ontario agree the family justice system in their jurisdiction left a lot to be desired and that massive changes are probably in order. Observations in the report referred to a “Broken Family Justice System” and included the fact that fine-tuning the system has been ineffective and that perhaps a totally new family law concept is required in the province. The current adversarial system of justice...

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Deafness and Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Many different components of marital relationships have long been identified as potential sources of discord and eventual divorce, but a bit of surprising news recently published in the UK Telegraph newspaper shows that deafness can now be added to the list. According to a survey conducted by the British firm HearingDirect.com, a retailer of hearing aids and related products, ongoing deafness in a marriage that causes arguments between spouses can promote marital breakdown to the point of...

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A Lesson for Parents: Arguing in Front of Your Teens Has Lasting Impact

Aug 8, 2012 by

Exposure to family arguments during adolescence has a lasting impact on an individual’s mental health and functioning as an adult. The longitudinal study, published in the March edition of The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, led by Simmons School of Social Work Professor Helen Reinherz, shows adolescents who reported increased arguments at age 15, compared with their peers, had an elevated risk of major depression, alcohol abuse/dependence, drug...

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More Tiger Woods Divorce Troubles

Aug 8, 2012 by

Ever since the financial experts at Forbes SportsMoney estimated Tiger Woods’ current total net worth to be below the $750 million settlement that estranged wife Elin Nordegren was rumored to be receiving, the Internet has been awash with speculation as to what is really going on with the couple’s divorce. But the real story could be a long time coming, as long as both agree to the terms of their negotiations, the couple can keep most of the details of their divorce out of the...

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Do You Really Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Aug 8, 2012 by

If you are considering divorce, it may pay to talk with a divorce lawyer first. It can give you valuable time to  explore your options and can decide if divorce really is the best your best option. A divorce lawyer can explain what filing for divorce really means, what the legal system requires, how long your divorce might take and what paperwork will be needed. Often, a failing or troubled marriage can stress you out and leave you depressed and angry. A divorce lawyer is someone who can...

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Children Coping with Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study reports that the coping skills of children of divorced parents can depend largely on how the parents react to the situation. Divorce affects children in many different ways and children typically experience varied feelings and emotions, but the feelings depend mostly on the nature of the child’s relationship with parents prior to the divorce, how arguments and disagreements were handled, and whether or not the parents took the child’s feelings into...

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Senator John Kerry Backs DOMA Lawsuit in Massachusetts

Aug 8, 2012 by

On July 9th, 2009, Senator John Kerry released a statement supporting Massachusetts’s court challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act.  Kerry is backing the lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Senator Kerry was the only Senator running for reelection who voted against the DOMA in 1996, and he has continued to rail against the DOMA since then.  â€œDenying same sex couples the same...

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Keeping Love Alive When Your Bank Account’s on Life Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

The potential for couples to argue about money is right up there with sex and housework, so today’s economic difficulties mean there may be plenty for couples to fight about. Marriage Educators tell us that there are skills you can learn to navigate rocky financial terrain while keeping your relationship — and your pocketbook — intact. For the past three years, the California Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC) has taught proven relationship-building skills to California...

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