Divorce at the Top

Aug 8, 2012 by

When the former governor of California and his wife recently announced their separation in a joint statement there was no mention of a specific cause for the separation. Arnold Schwarzenegger was widely quoted at the time as saying “We both love each other very much,” and the split at first looked like it might be temporary. Maria Shriver was less forthcoming and made no public statement, leaving the press to speculate that if even she had been unhappy in the marriage, she had made...

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Who Gets the House When No One Can Afford to Keep It? Keeping and Sharing the Home in a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The changes that families encounter while going through a divorce are troubling, and often times quite emotional. Deciding who will get to keep the house in a divorce settlement can be one of the toughest obstacles, especially when there is emotional attachment to the home by either spouse or the children. It is always best for the couple to come to a mutual decision about who will get to keep the house. Often times, the home serves as a settlement tool, where the couple will be satisfied with...

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Divorce Lawyers Opting for Valentine’s Truce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Valentine’s Day isn’t always a celebration of undying romantic love. This year, family law attorneys in Texas are exploring ways that disputing couples can play nice, whether they stay together or are torn asunder. For decades, litigation was the only avenue for parties in trouble. The couples would simply load their weapons and come out blazing. During the 1990s, collaborative law was developed as a viable alternative to litigation, offering a more civilized form of divorce for...

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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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Jesse James Cries Foul Over Character Issues

Aug 8, 2012 by

Jesse James is involved in a civil lawsuit that has nothing to do with his recent cheating adventures and subsequent divorce plans, but the trial’s jury selection process is beginning to show that like most of the American public, potential jurors in the case seem to have a bit of pre-existing bias. According to the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, James is being sued by manufacturer Fortune Fashion Industries over a planned clothing line for retailer Walmart. James is...

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Divorce Still Morally OK

Aug 8, 2012 by

According to the results of the Gallup Poll’s annual Moral Acceptability poll completed on May 10, 2009, the moral views of most Americans have changed very little in the last year. The poll found that the morals of the nation might have shifted ever-so-slightly to the right, but that overall the average was still left of center. Questions on moral issues showed Americans are still generally supportive of traditionally liberal viewpoints. The poll noted that most Americans still feel...

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Iranian Divorce Rate May Hit 100%

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although Iran is not found on current lists of countries with high divorce rates, it seems the country may possibly have the highest divorce rate in the world today. A study released by a research group at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran earlier this month reports that the divorce rate in Iran could be as high as 90% among couples who marry by choice as opposed to more traditional arranged marriages. The split between traditional arranged marriages and more modern “love”...

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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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Modification of Child Support and Alimony – Trends

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study shows that divorce attorneys are currently experiencing an increase in the number of divorced clients seeking changes to their existing child support and alimony payments. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) indicates that as the economy continues to spiral downward and unemployment claims rise, many divorced spouses are seeking to get more cash from, or reduce payment amounts to, their ex-partners in order to maintain their current households...

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What are the reasons to have to file a divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What are the reasons to have to file a divorce? State:  Alabama Answer:  The biggest reason most people seek divorces for…is remarriage. Money and revenge might seem to be the biggest motivators in many divorces, but those factors can be addressed without a divorce decree. If you want to get married again, you’ll need a valid divorce decreee in your hand. Your divorce is not really complete until you have a divorce...

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I married someone with an alias name. Am I still legally married to them?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  If I married someone and I found out that they used an alias name and that’s not their real name on their birth certificate , am I still legally married to them? State:  Pennsylvania Answer:  You are probably still very legally married since the name difference does not substantially alter your existing marriage. It might represent a name “mistake” on the certificate to some, while others may construe it as...

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What if my spouse refuses to give me a divorce and I want to remarry?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What if my spouse refuses to give me a divorce? I want to remarry. I am in California. State:  California Answer:  The grounds for divorce in California are incurable insanity or irreconcilable differences which have caused a breakdown of the marriage. In your case, it sounds like you’ll have to go for the latter and file for divorce based on your obvious differences since your spouse will not agree. Your spouse cannot...

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How can I find my lost divorce decree?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  How can I find my lost divorce decree from Oxon Hills, Maryland? State:  Wisconsin Answer:  If you got a divorce in Oxon Hills, you need to go to the Prince George’s County website and start digging. You will find contact info for the Clerk of the Court as well as the Public Documents Library. There will probably be a nominal fee, but your divorce records should be in there somewhere. – The Divorce.com Team Wendy...

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Husband has a problem with drinking drug use.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Me And my husband been married for 6yrs.It started going bad about the 4yr, In the relationship.Not wanting to keep a job.Wanting to put all his problems in to drinking,drug use. I say that was to much for me to have to deal with. State:  Texas Answer:  Not sure exactly what your question here is, but no one should have to live in a relationship that has “gone bad.” Alcohol and drug addiction are both grounds for a...

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Divorce agreement with my wife

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Hello, I have a divorce agreement with my X-wife who has custody of our children 80% of the time. I’m a teacher and pay $2,600 per month in child support which has caused a great strain on my finances. My x-wife has also asked that I pay for additional expenses for my children (for example back-to-school clothes) and I’m not sure if this is necessary or appropriate for her to ask this of me. Are there some guidelines for what is appropriate for me to pay in...

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What You Need to Know About Spousal Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

When most people talk about spousal support after a divorce they are actually referring to is court-ordered payment from one spouse to his or her ex-spouse for living expenses. The legal term for this form of spousal maintenance is alimony and it is not the same thing as child support. Alimony is awarded at the discretion of the court and many factors can influence the structure of the award. The rules for awarding alimony differ from state to state and the judge in the case has most of the...

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Temporary Divorce Orders

Aug 8, 2012 by

The first step in a divorce after finding a good attorney to handle your case is to have that attorney file temporary divorce orders. These act essentially as temporary divorce decrees. Temporary orders consist of legally binding guidelines that both you and your spouse must adhere to until the final divorce decree is ruled in a court. At this time, the temporary orders expire. If one party has concerns about things that may take place between first filing for divorce and when the divorce is...

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How long do we have to get an anullment in Mississippi?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband and have only been together for 3 months. How long do we have to get an anullment in Mississippi? State:  Mississippi Answer:  Mississippi law allows incurable impotency, insanity, or idiocy; incapable of consent from lack of understanding, force, fraud ; pregnancy by another man and husband did not know, as grounds for annulment. The state allows couples to annul marriages within the first 6 months, but usually only...

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Can I get an annulment in Missouri?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband and i have been seperated since November of 2000 after getting married in January of 2000 -would i be able to get a annulment? (MO) State:  Missouri Answer:  Most probably not. Annulments are rarely applied unless the original marriage itself was invalid for very specific reasons. Being separated (even for years) does not constitute a reason that your marriage is invalid. The court will likely view your situation as...

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How long do you have to be married to receive alimony?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  How long do you have to be married to receive alimony? (In Tennessee) State:  Tennessee Answer:  There is no set minimum length you must be married in order to qualify for alimony in Tennessee. The court will take the duration of the marriage into consideration along with many other pertinent factors when determining alimony awards, but there is no minimum time requirement. – The Divorce.com Team Wendy Jaffe and...

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