Explaining Alimony & Spousal Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

Explaining Alimony & Spousal Support Once a divorce is finalized, an individual might have to pay spousal support – also known as alimony or spousal maintenance – to his or her ex-spouse for living expenses. Rules for modification or termination vary by state, but generally, alimony may be modified if it meets certain requirements. Length of Support Rules vary from state to state as to when support payments end. Some laws declare that payments end when the ex-spouse remarries...

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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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Hollywood Prenups

Aug 8, 2012 by

Prenuptial agreements in divorce are contracts entered into prior to marriage that commonly include provisions for asset division in the event of a breakup. Prenuptial agreements are recognized in all fifty states and must be completed in writing, and notarized. If you’re a celebrity, they can apparently also include hefty forfeiture clauses as a result of any incidence of adultery. Seems many of the rich and famous are opting to minimize their risk and maximize the cash payouts when...

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An App for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

A Dallas lawyer and accountant have created a new iPhone application called “Divorce Cost and Prep” to calculate the cost of a divorce by tapping on the screen of your cell phone. Dallas Attorney Michelle O’Neill and Fort Worth CPA Bryan Rice, created the new iPhone app for divorcing couples to help assess the costs associated with the dissolution of a marriage. The pair said the divorce cost and prep app helps you estimate divorce expenses without having to go to an...

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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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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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Hugh Hefner Files for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner recently filed for divorce from his estranged wife, former Playmate Kimberley Conrad, 47, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple was married in 1989, but have been separated since 1998. Hefner’s divorce action follows a $5 million lawsuit filed by Conrad against the Playboy founder over the sale of a house next door to the Playboy Mansion they once owned together. Conrad and Hefner have two sons together who have been living with their mother...

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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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Divorce of Least Resistance

Aug 8, 2012 by

Critics of the no fault divorce laws here in the United States have long claimed that the ease of negotiating an uncontested divorce process is just too easy and actually encourages people to get divorced. Supporters refute the claim and say there is no reason a couple should be forced to endure a drawn-out divorce if they both agree to the split and the easier the process is, the better it is. While there may some merit in both sides of the argument, a recent divorce case in South Africa...

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How do you get a divorce from your husband when you don’t know where he is?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  How do you get a divorce from your husband when you don’t know where he is and haven’t seen him in over15yrs and there are no children between us or anything to split? (FL) State:  Florida Answer:  Florida is a no-fault divorce state and you can simply file for a divorce by stating that the marriage is irretrievably “broken” and that there is no chance of reconciliation. Without children or a large...

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Can you divorce your family in the state of Virginia?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Can you divorce your family in the state of Va? State:  Virginia Answer:  Your question is a bit vague. You can get divorced in Virginia just like any other state of course, but divorce is between a husband and wife, not a whole family. When divorcing your spouse you will probably end all future contact with your in-laws, and that could be considered “divorcing your family” I suppose. If you are a dependant child...

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Can i get a divorce in New Jersey if i dont know where my husband is?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Can i get a divorce in NJ even if i dont know where my husband is? State:  New Jersey Answer:  Even though New Jersey does not allow irreconcilable differences (or no-fault) as sufficient grounds for divorce, the state does allow abandonment or desertion of the marriage for at least 12 months to be sufficient cause. If you can prove to the court that your husband has been missing for over a year you shouldn’t have a...

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Where and how can I get a cheap divorce here in Texas?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Where & how can I get a cheap divorce here in Texas? State:  Texas Answer:  The least expensive divorce you could complete in Texas would be a simple uncontested, no-fault divorce where you complete and file the necessary paperwork yourself. If you have bad relations with your spouse, a large estate or assets to dispute, or minor children living at home – the cost and complexity will go up. An online legal forms...

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How do go about getting a divorce in the state of Alabama?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  How do go about getting a divorce in the state of Alabama? I just moved here to Mississippi since august 4-2009 and i met my husband 1 month 1/2 after that. we married in laurel mississippi with a license from Alabama but after a week the marriage was not valid because we could only marry in Alabama. we made it legal the next day. i am still married but looking forward to a divorce because: my spouse refuses to stop arguing, fuses about everything, refuses to keep his...

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Co-habitation

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I was married for 32 years before divorcing 8 years ago. I’ve been receiving alimony which was to continue for 10 years. I co-habit with someone and he and I are not married, only because I would lose out on my ex-spouse’s social security when I retire, if I do marry. Now my ex-spouse’s lawyer has sent formal papers ordering me to appear at court as my ex is contesting the alimony on the basis of my co-habitation. Is that feasible? are you not allowed to...

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Who Owns What? – Community Property and Separate Property in a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Splitting up marital assets is often one of the primary issues during a divorce. The question is, who owns what? In a community property state, everything that either party earned during the marriage is owned equally by both and will be split evenly. The same applies to debt. If one spouse accumulated a great deal of debt during the marriage, the other spouse, in effect, “owns” half of that debt. He or she is liable for payment, and creditors can pursue the...

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Understanding the Difference – Fault and No-Fault Divorces

Aug 8, 2012 by

In 1953, the State of Oklahoma changed America’s divorce laws forever when it became the first state to pass a “no-fault” divorce law. Later, in the 1970s, California followed suit and enacted its own no-fault divorce law. Today, almost all states grant no-fault divorces. Before no-fault divorces were permitted, one spouse had to prove to a court that the other spouse had done something wrong. He or she had been at fault in some way. The usual grounds were adultery, abuse,...

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Are annulments easier and more affordable?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I have been married to a man since June of 2002. I left him in October of 2004. I have been on my own and I have a daughter who was born in March 2003. I want to either get a divorce or possibly an annulment. I do not know which one I should ask for. I hear annulments are easier and more affordable. We have a low to middle income so I need all the help I can get with making it fall into my budget. Here is why I think my situation may qualify for annulment. I know annulments...

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I experienced abandonment in 2003 when I was told he left the country.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I experienced abandonment in 2003 when I was told he left the country. How do I divorce this man? This person to be divorced is living out side the country ( Bangladesh ) now a uncontested divorce would be fine but will this person need to be served papers on this ???? address is unknown . How would she know that he received such a letter ? State:  Pennsylvania Answer:  You can divorce that man in Pennsylvania quite easily by...

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Affidavit

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Affidavit for divorce – if it has been more than two years since filed – other person has not signed yet – what to do? State:  Georgia Answer:  If you have been abandoned by your spouse, you can file for divorce just like anyone else. The rules vary from state-to-state, but it’s likely your filing work is not complete until you have served your spouse with a copy of the divorce filing and can prove the...

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