Do You Need Divorce Insurance?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Is it any surprise that an enterprising insurance company is now offering divorce insurance? Everyone knows that getting a divorce can cost a small fortune these days. The price of splitting up in the United States can easily range from a few thousand dollars to over $20,000 depending on the situation and the assets involved. In that light, purchasing a few bucks of divorce insurance every month might pay big dividends when the relationship goes awry. It would certainly be an advantage to have...

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If my husband leaves the country will I get alimony?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband is treating to leave the county(Brazil) so he does’nt have to pay my spousal support of $1750.00 per month! We were married 23 years! Can he flee! Thanks State:  California Answer:  Your husband can flee the country and will not be extradited for unpaid alimony . However, his failure to pay alimony here in the USA can lead to contempt of court charges, fines, notices on his credit report and liens against any...

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Census: Longer Marriages

Aug 8, 2012 by

According to recently released data from the recent U.S. Census, people in the United States are staying married longer. The Census figures indicate that 72% of married couples currently consist of two spouses in their first marriage. Only 6% of married couples have wives in their second marriage and husband in their first, and only 8% of married couples have a husband in his second marriage and a wife in her first. Just 1% of married couples consist of spouses married three or more times...

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Splitting the Property or Why Won’t I Get Half of Everything in My Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

When a couple gets married they often assume their marriage will last forever. Few spouses familiarize themselves with state divorce laws before their wedding day, and if the marriage does end, there is usually a bit of confusion about who will receives what portion of the marital property. Unfortunately, divorce laws are not uniform. Each state has it’s own unique laws which have evolved as a result of foreign influences, political pressure, and religious traditions. The result is that...

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Life after Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce in the United States no longer carries the social stigma it once did when divorce was viewed much more negatively and was thought to be the ultimate disaster that could befall a family. When the divorce rate began to rise after the widespread adoption of no fault divorce laws in the 70’s, many people began to propose that perhaps divorce was not such a bad thing after all and certainly better than staying in an unhappy marriage. Many people at the time felt divorce was a viable...

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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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Step Families & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

No one gets married thinking their union will end in divorce, but statistics show that one in two first marriages will split at some point, and at least sixty percent of second marriages fail. Although divorce rates for certain segments of the population have decreased in the last several years, the proliferation of online divorce document services in states that allow no-fault divorce have made divorce easier to accomplish than ever before. Studies also document that in the United States; more...

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Cohabitation Threat

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study released by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values found that although divorce used to be the biggest threat to marriage in the United States in years past, cohabiting households represent the largest threat to the quality and stability of children’s family lives in the United States today. The report shows that an increasing number of U.S. couples are deciding to have children without being married and that decision places those children at...

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The Recession Might Save Your Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia performs a lot of studies on family issues and divorce is obviously a component of any study that looks at marriages in the United States today. The most recent undertaking published by the Marriage project is the Survey of Marital Generosity, which apparently shows a trend where many couples who had been considering a divorce before the recent recession, changed their minds and postponed their breakup for economic reasons. The survey...

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Legal Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although divorce laws in the United States are governed almost exclusively by the laws of the state and county the divorcing couple resides in, there are other legal issues and rights surrounding most divorces that are common to all regardless of jurisdiction. It is up to each individual spouse in a divorce case to make sure they follow the rules of the court as well as their own common sense to insure their divorce is completed legally without unnecessary complications. Here are some common...

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Americans Favor Gay Unions Over Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recently released figures from the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey show that while 57% of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions, 53% of Americans say they are opposed to same-sex marriages. Just 39% percent say they support legal recognition for gay marriages. The survey indicates that while most Americans do not favor same-sex marriages, the ratio is changing and support is slowly growing. The increase in support for...

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Defense of Marriage Act Under Fire

Aug 8, 2012 by

A New York Congressman plans to introduce a bill in Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or at least repeal the part of the Act that denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the United States today. It is uncertain whether or not Congressman Jerry Nadler’s bill would tackle repeal of the entire DOMA or just the part of the Act that addresses federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The Act now states that the U.S. government does not recognize...

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Divorce Rates Rising Fast in Far East

Aug 8, 2012 by

Many people have commented that the divorce rate in the United States, estimated to be near 50%, is excessively high. Even a divorce rate of 40% would be a number that many sociologists and family therapists feel reflects a culture where troubled relationships are disturbingly common. There is no doubt that society is changing in the United States as well as in the rest of the world too and the rising divorce rates seem to go right along with modern civilization. However, as high as it is, the...

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Basic Elements of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Before you file for a divorce, you should know that the right to get a divorce in the United States does not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, but is instead is always granted by individual state courts. Those state courts also govern the varying terms and conditions of divorce laws too. The courts in all 50 states have different statutes on their books and interpret the laws according the jurisdiction they are in, but in general there are several types of divorce common to...

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New Reasons to Combat Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

There were some interesting thoughts published recently on the Atlantic Wire Blog pointing out that social conservatives in the United States, and especially within the Christian Right movement, appear to be renewing their efforts to get tough on the rising rate of divorce in this country. Blog author Ray Gustini postulates that with California’s Proposition 8 recently overturned and public support for same-sex marriage on the rise across the country, social conservatives appear to be...

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Latest Divorce Statistics

Aug 8, 2012 by

There have been many different numbers tossed around as to the actual rate of divorce in the United States these days. The oft-repeated 50% number may be nearly correct for certain segments of the population, but new information in the 2009 America’s Families and Living Arrangements study from the U.S. Census Bureau shows some interesting new figures. Another source of new data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show the divorce rate in the U.S. has been dropping for...

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Cohabitation is not Marriage Practice

Aug 8, 2012 by

Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, says young men and women in their 20’s today suffer from the effects of modern hedonistic lifestyles that have shattered traditional family values and replaced them with a relationship wasteland instead. Wilcox’s research has led him to conclude that today’s “spring-break sexual liberation” promises only increasing costs for the practitioners and their unfortunate families. Wilcox...

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Pet Custody Cases on the Rise

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorcing couples have always fought like cats and dogs over child custody in divorce court, but these days it is becoming increasingly common that the battles are actually about who gets custody of the cats and dogs in the home. Members of the 1,600-member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers concur on this point and have reported that divorce lawyers across the nation have seen a steady rise in the number of pet custody cases on the docket that began in 2000, and continues to rise...

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Divorce by Mutual Consent

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although problems with marriage and divorce are not confined to the United States by any means, the specific causes and solutions may vary according to the country they occur in. News from India shows that even though it is half-way around the world, many of the same stress factors of modern life affect marriages, and ultimately, divorces in that nation. Statistics from Family Court in Pune, the eighth largest metropolis in India, show that the incidence of divorce has nearly doubled for...

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Divorce Costs – How To Save Time, Money And Trouble

Aug 8, 2012 by

It has been said that a divorce will cost as much as you can afford. Of course, the true cost of a divorce depends on many variable factors and not all of them are financial. The emotional toll of a divorce can be just as draining as the legal fees are to your bank account. When contemplating the monetary cost of an impending divorce it is usually best to separate your emotions from the finances. Instead, treating your divorce as a calculated business transaction can help you save time, money...

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