Divorce Terms

Aug 8, 2012 by

  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z The Divorce.com Divorce Terms Dictionary is presented to clarify the terms, phrases and words most commonly used when discussing the issues related to separation and divorce. Understanding the legal jargon used by the court and attorneys can be of critical importance when attempting to navigate the documents, rules and procedures of a divorce case. To search for a specific term, click on the corresponding letter in the A to Z...

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Before a Divorce Articles

Aug 8, 2012 by

Preparing for a divorce is a big job. There are many things to be done before you initiate divorce proceedings, including gathering documents, researching the legal issues and exploring your options. You may need to find a divorce attorney or brush up on divorce laws. You will need to take control of your divorce right from the beginning in order to protect your finances and maintain your lifestyle. The more prepared you are for your divorce, the smoother the whole process will be. Here are...

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12 Tips Before You File for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Before filing for a divorce you should set some goals as to how you want your case to be resolved and what outcome you desire. Take a look at all your options when choosing how you file, whether or not you will need an attorney and whether or not you will try mediation. Once you know where you want to end up, it will be easier to choose your course of action. If you decide to go without an attorney and represent yourself, make sure you have the resources to do it correctly. You might consider...

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Divorce Affects Children

Aug 8, 2012 by

Over a million American families will experience divorce this year and half of the children born to married couples will experience their parent’s divorce before they turn 18 years old. The effects of a divorce on the family are many and the negative physical, emotional, and financial effects can have especially large consequences for the children. Any divorce with children involved puts a lot of stress on the fundamental unit of American society, the family, and has a profoundly negative...

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Divorce Calculations

Aug 8, 2012 by

Nearly everyone knows that getting divorced can cost a fortune in the United States today and the price can easily skyrocket to tens of thousands of dollars depending on the people and the assets involved. Some people are beginning to think the idea of purchasing divorce insurance every month might actually now make sense for many modern relationships. The North Carolina-based SafeGuard Guaranty Corporation thought divorce insurance was such a good idea they created their own divorce insurance...

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Death & Divorce in Turkey

Aug 8, 2012 by

Despite national campaigns, political condemnation and legal reforms, a recent meeting in Turkey uncovered the shocking statistic that the murder rate of women in that nation had skyrocketed by 1,400% between 2002 and 2009. The statistic recently revealed by the Turkish Justice Ministry has put new focus on the government’s spotty record of supporting women’s rights to marriage and divorce. Even though Turkish women’s groups and the European Union (EU) have acknowledged recent...

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Preparing for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Anyone considering a divorce has a big job ahead of them. Divorces are never a quick and easy way to fix a bad relationship despite what some people might think. Instead of a casual stroll in the park, a typical divorce is more likely to be a turbulent event that turns a person’s life completely upside down before things settle out. Divorces are usually quite expensive too, and not just financially. In addition to the attorney’s fees and other costs to get divorced, it can also...

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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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Sex & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

News published in the Journal of Marriage and Family highlights new research from the University of Iowa that shows women who lost their virginity as young teenagers are more likely to get divorced later, even more so if it was an unwanted first sexual experience. The study’s author, Anthony Paik, associate professor of sociology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, utilized data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth to weed out the responses from over 3,700 women who...

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Splitting the Estate

Aug 8, 2012 by

The division of assets and real property is often one of the most contested issues in a divorce. People facing a divorce might be surprised to learn that although the laws that govern the division of marital property and assets in all 50 states are a bit different and each state has its own interpretation of the laws governing property and asset division. One thing that many people facing a divorce are not aware of is the fact that although the laws that govern the division of marital property...

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Rising January Divorce Rates

Aug 8, 2012 by

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD, is an author who appears frequently on TV as the “No. 1 Love Expert in the World.” The doctor’s website (DoctorBonnie.com) says that “She works with those considering breaking up, people who have committed adultery, and couples who want to strengthen their relationships damaged by resentment or unresolved anger, teaching people to “fight” to increase passion, bring back magic and restore the sizzle.” And part of that fight...

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Gay Divorce Ruling Upheld

Aug 8, 2012 by

As we noted in the “Same-Sex Divorce Ruling Appealed” posting last Fall, the Texas courts have attempted to avoid tackling the difficult issue of same-sex marriage in the state for many years, but as long as the issue of same-sex divorce keeps popping up in front of them, the issue will difficult to avoid.  Same-sex marriage is not legal in the state and Texas appeals courts have ruled in the past that gay couples cannot get divorced in the state. That meant same-sex couples...

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Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Aug 8, 2012 by

When a couple is contemplating a divorce, each spouse obviously has the option to hire a divorce lawyer. The cost of a lawyer will vary depending on the complexity of the case, as will the value of the services they provide. In very simple cases, neither party might actually need a lawyer, in more complicated instances, legal representation could be extremely important to each side. The fact that divorce laws vary from state to state also affects the complexity of a divorce. In Washington, for...

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Making Divorce More Difficult

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce reform advocates at the Coalition for Divorce Reform think making divorces harder to obtain would save the government billions of dollars. A story in the Washington Times reports that the Coalition for Divorce Reform makes the case for a legislative plan that will attempt to reduce divorce rates by a full third in just five years. The Coalition maintains that more Americans want to make divorce more legally difficult than the number of people who think divorce should be easier and that...

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Living Apart Legally

Aug 8, 2012 by

When two married spouses do not live under the same roof they are considered as living apart in the eyes of the law. However, living apart also means a couple has separated and there are several different kinds of separation pertaining to divorce. Abandonment, however, is not the same as separation. In a fault-based divorce, abandonment is often grounds for seeking a divorce after a spouse has already left the home for certain period of time. Separation comes in four types: trial, permanent,...

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Late Divorces

Aug 8, 2012 by

There has been some question as to the stability of long term marriages. Most divorce statistics reflect only the first ten years of marriage in the United States and the statistics for long-term marriages are not as accurate or readily available. However, a recently released Pew Research Center report that did examine divorce statistics for long-term marriages came up with some interesting observations. It seems that while the odds of a divorce occurring after a marriage has lasted 40 years is...

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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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