Divorce Harvest

Aug 8, 2012 by

California voters are drawing close to the November ballot in that state which will decide the matter of Proposition 19, which seeks to control and regulate the adult use of marijuana. There have been vocal proponents on both sides of the issue with supporters saying cannabis should be regulated, legalized and lawfully permitted. Critics on the other side say that marijuana is a psychoactive substance and the state risks increased health and social costs resulting from increased use. By now...

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Top 5 Reasons Women Cheat

Aug 8, 2012 by

There may be certain attributes in a relationship may give a partner the need to find affection and gratification elsewhere, but most cheating usually results from dissatisfaction. Although statistically men still cheat more than women, there are some women who cheat on men just because they can, and today more married women than ever before are cheating on their husbands. According to a recent American Sexual Behavior study, only 14% of married women admit to having cheated at least once,...

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Massachusetts Takes on Feds over Same-Sex Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2003. This week in Boston, Massachusetts became the first state to file suit against the U.S. government over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The DOMA was established in 1996 and forbids federal benefits for legally married gay and lesbian couples. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts lawsuit is challenging one specific part of the DOMA that establishes the federal definition of marriage as limited...

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Does Your Pet Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Uncontested divorces without children or large assets to divide are usually considered the least expensive and least complicated type of break-ups. However, a couple in New Jersey is finding out that even if you aren’t married and have no children, breaking up can be very costly and time consuming if you are a pet lover. A landmark ruling by a state appeals court in New Jersey mandates that a couple who spent some $40,000 battling over the custody of the pet pug they once cared for...

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First Aid For Life After Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Whether you’re glad to be divorced or devastated by it, divorce often means an adjustment to a whole new life. Even if you’re relieved to be free of the relationship, it’s still normal to feel sad about the loss of something you’d hoped would last forever. Remember to grieve. You’ve lost something important, and it’ll take time to heal. Don’t expect yourself to be “over it” immediately. Be patient with the grieving process and allow it to...

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How to Find Your Divorce Records

Aug 8, 2012 by

When a divorce is finalized by the court system, the court proceedings are documented and stored in a divorce court record. While the precise contents of a divorce court record will vary from state to state, divorce records will generally contain the paperwork that was filed at every step of the divorce as well as the details of the settlement. Divorce records are public records that can easily be accessed by any member of the community. While the physical divorce record itself is maintained at...

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V-Day or D-Day?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Cupid’s arrow might be doing more harm than good. Even though the present state of the economy has forced many unhappy couples to either put off a divorce or reconcile their differences, LegalZoom.com predicts a jump in the number of couples finally calling it quits in the weeks immediately following Valentine’s Day. The end of 2008 saw a rough economic landscape. While couples might have been having an equally rocky time in their marriage, it was simply much too costly to get...

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Most Expensive Divorces

Aug 8, 2012 by

Messy and expensive are two words that come to mind whenever celebrity divorces are mentioned. Celebrity divorce gossip in the news is even juicier when it involves millions of dollars. Most Hollywood divorces have drawn huge audiences because people always enjoy watching a slow-motion train wreck, however, when it comes to the most costly celebrity splits, it may be the high-profile, professional athletes and their spouses that provide the most expensive divorce court entertainment. Even...

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DUI & Child Custody – More than Just Money?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Everyone knows that a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol can be a very expensive proposition. One first-time DUI conviction can easily end up costing a driver over $10,000 in associated fines and costs in most states today. However, the non-financial aspects of a DUI conviction can often turn out to be far more costly than the monetary penalties. While the fines for driving under the influence vary from state to state, there are no bargains. It is a good bet...

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Children of Divorce Get Help in Florida

Aug 8, 2012 by

It’s no secret that children are negatively impacted by the break-up of a family. Divorce is always a huge headache for most couples, but the experience can be even worse on the children in the home. Many states offer support resources including legal and financial assistance for divorcing parents, and therapy or counseling for the whole family after the divorce is final. But very few states provide any assistance or guidance for the dependants during a divorce unless there are specific...

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Separation and Divorce Are Not the Same

Aug 8, 2012 by

A separation is not a divorce. It may be a step along the path to getting a divorce, but it’s important to remember that the two are not equivalent. Even couples that are legally separated are still married in the eyes of the law. There are several kinds of separations, the most formal of which is a legal separation – a court-approved agreement to live apart. Types of Separation There are four main types of separations: trial, living apart, permanent, and legal. In a trial...

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Keeping Score in Tiger Woods Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The first publication to report on Tiger Woods’ affairs just days before he crashed his car on that fateful Thanksgiving night, says his wife, Elin Nordegren, is in the process of signing divorce papers after learning the golfer confessed to having sex with at least 120 different women during his sex addiction therapy. The National Enquirer reports that Nordegren has officially decided to sign divorce papers and that she may be seeking a $500 million settlement. According to Enquirer...

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Divorce by Jury

Aug 8, 2012 by

Georgia and Texas are the only states where a couple can get divorced in a full-blown jury trial proceeding, including a verdict handed down by 12 of their peers. Although everyone knows jury trials are far more expensive and labor intensive than other forms of divorce, the laws remain on the books in Georgia and Texas even though they are rarely utilized. It appears that the threat of a jury trial alone is enough to make most parties in a divorce do their best to try and work out the details...

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Who Will Get the House?

Aug 8, 2012 by

In almost all divorce situations, the family home will be considered community property. Under the law, each spouse has a 50% interest in community property. This equation makes determining who receives the house in a divorce a complicated mathematical and legal equation. When there are children involved, courts would prefer that the primary custodian of the children retain the house, especially if the children have lived in the house for a long time. The rationalization being that the...

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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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