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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FamilyLife Weekend for First Responders

Aug 8, 2012 by

Fire, police and EMT personnel in Stockton and Sacramento offered free event admission in appreciation for their service to the community FamilyLife, the leader in marriage conferences, presents Weekend to Remember in Stockton (Oct. 31 – Nov. 2) and Sacramento (Nov. 7 – 9 and Nov. 14 – 16). Weekend to Remember is a marriage conference aiming to strengthen healthy marriages and heal troubled ones in a fun, supportive and non-threatening environment. While every couple is...

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How Expensive Can a Divorce Get?

Aug 8, 2012 by

A Saudi prince is about to join the exclusive ranks of people with the most expensive divorce cases in history. Saudi Arabian royal family member Sheik Mohammed Al Fassi was held liable for $81 million in a 1983 divorce judgment awarded to then wife, Sheikha Dena Al Fassi (now known as Diana Bilinelli). The $81 million settlement may be a staggering amount, but it is not nearly enough to propel one into the ranks of the top five most expensive divorces of all time. Sheik Al Fassi’s...

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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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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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Prenups are Serious Business

Aug 8, 2012 by

When the British Supreme Court upheld a decision last month in favor of heiress Katrin Radmacher it showed that divorce law in the U.K. was following U.S. laws in that legally recorded prenuptial agreements are binding. The move signaled that even wealthy women are likely to have their assets protected by courts in future. The case was of particular importance to British divorce lawyers who were following it to see just how much legal weight would be given to prenuptial agreements in that...

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Government, Marriage and Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

After President Barack Obama recently endorsed same-sex marriage it appears that changes to the nation’s laws will not be far behind as the inevitability of nationwide same-sex marriage is a almost a given at this point. The recent developments have caused some people to take notice of the fact that the level of government involvement with marriage and divorce may decrease in the future as our culture moves farther toward championing individual choice over traditional marriage...

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Divorce Contagion

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study from Brown University followed 12,000 people in Framingham, Massachusetts over a 32-year period beginning in 1948. The study has a very long name, and some very interesting observations about divorce in the United States. The study conducted by Rose McDermott of Brown University, James Fowler of University of California, San Diego and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard University is titled “Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects...

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Update: Tiger Woods to Remain Celibate During Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recent reports have surfaced in the Chicago Sun Times and the New York Daily News indicating that Tiger Woods’ divorce is going anything but smoothly and wife Elin Nordegren seems to have upped her demands. In addition to pressure from his wife’s camp, now Woods’ own legal team has told him he can’t date until his divorce is finalized. Sources had previously said Elin would settle for $500 million and share joint custody of their two children with Woods. It was also...

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Man Seeks to Ban Divorce in California

Aug 8, 2012 by

John Marcotte, who runs the website BadMouth.net, is trying to collect signatures to get his own bill, the “California Protection of Marriage Act” on the ballot in the Golden State. If Marcotte’s bill passes, divorce would become illegal in California. Marcotte’s initiative was filed with the state attorney general’s office last week. The initiative reads: “No party to any marriage shall be restored to the state of an unmarried person during the lifetime of...

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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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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Especially When Kids Are Involved

Aug 8, 2012 by

Two people who have fallen in love and gotten married are rarely pleased that the original plan of death do us part didn’t come to fruition. This already emotionally challenging process is multiplied tenfold when children are involved. Deciding on custody and visitation can be a painful process for everyone, and could easily put damaging factions inside any family. With a topic that carries as much weight as this one, it’s important to study the statistics to see what this process...

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Same Sex Divorce OK – Marriage Not Yet

Aug 8, 2012 by

Same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal must be recognized by the courts in Maryland, according to a new decision handed down by Maryland’s highest court. In an unusual twist, the latest ruling means that gay couples living in Maryland can’t get married, but they could get divorced if they were married because the state must recognize the legality of their marriage as long as it was legally performed in any state outside of Maryland. The ruling came from a vote...

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Stable Household Trumps Two Parents

Aug 8, 2012 by

An Ohio State University professor has published the findings of a study of family stability that shows growing up in a stable household is more important for a child’s development than whether or not the family has two parents in the home. The findings were released in “Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities,” a recent book co-edited by Claire Kamp Dush, assistant professor of human development and family science. The information was gathered from 5,000 households...

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Divorce Quakes

Aug 8, 2012 by

In recent news from the China it seems a new cause for that nation’s rapidly rising divorce rate has just been discovered; earthquakes. The China Daily website recently reported that “experts” are saying that the devastating magnitude-8 Wenchuan earthquake of 2008 that killed more than 69,000 people and left more than18,000 missing, caused residents of Southwest China’s Sichuan province to feel that “life was short and unpredictable” and made the decision to...

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Do You Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Doubts about your marriage can be confusing and stressful. If you have doubts about your marriage and are considering divorce, it may pay to talk with a divorce lawyer. This way, you can explore your options and can decide if this really is the best decision. The following are some things that a divorce lawyer can offer you. The legal system is often complicated for people who want to do everything from file for divorce to sue a business. Thus, it pays to talk with a divorce lawyer. They can...

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CDC Report Shows Massachusetts has Lowest Divorce Rate

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recently released study of divorce in the United States shows that same-sex marriage has not ruined the institution of marriage in Massachusetts as some opponents had claimed it would back in 2004 when the state began issuing same-sex marriage licenses following the Supreme Court decision in the case of Goodridge vs. the Department of Public Health. Looking at the total number of divorces in Massachusetts reveals that the state had the lowest divorce rate in the nation for the year 2007...

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Secret Swedish Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

In an effort to keep details of one of the world’s most public divorces private, Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren may file their divorce in Sweden where public records are not so public and there is less scrutiny from the prying eyes of the press. According to various sources Nordegren is initiating the divorce in her native country and wants to finalize it by the end of the year. The couple will share parenting duties for their two children Sam, 3, and Charlie, 14 months, and are...

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Joint Custody in Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Determining custody of the children can often be one of the most difficult situations facing divorcing partners. In most States, the judicial system makes the determination based on what is in the best interest of the minor child. Many different factors can be involved in this determination though. Factors can include everything from the ages of the children, the relationship between parent and child to parental behaviors such as addiction and lack of employment. For these reasons there are no...

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55,000 Couples Want a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Now that all 50 U.S. states have some form of no-fault divorce on the books with the recent addition of New York as the last hold-out to make the switch, it seems more liberalized divorce laws are being written internationally as well. The Parliament in New Delhi, India is planning to amend their old divorce laws, the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, and the Special Marriage Act of 1954, to include a more modern interpretation of the ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ as sufficient...

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