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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World’s Easiest Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Critics of no fault divorce in the United States frequently complain that the absence of a requirement to prove a fault or wrong-doing in a marriage in order to obtain a divorce not only makes it too easy to complete, but also actually serves to encourage divorce. The claim may be strengthened somewhat by the fact that the statistics do show that the incidence of divorce rose in almost every jurisdiction that no fault divorce laws were adopted in. However, to be fair, one could also point out...

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Divorce information by State

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is important to learn as much as you can about divorce laws before you start making decisions that will affect your future. Navigating the maze of divorce laws can be a bit confusing for the average person though .  Alabama Illinois Montana Rhode Island Alaska Indiana Nebraska South Carolina Arizona Iowa Nevada South Dakota Arkansas Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee California Kentucky New Jersey Texas Colorado Louisiana New Mexico Utah Connecticut Maine New...

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Real Divorce Rates at Home & Abroad

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although the United States still has the highest rate of divorce in the world today, many sub-groups within the population have more stable relationships and lower divorce rates than the national averages. It can be difficult to get accurate information on the true divorce rate here in America and the rest of the world because there seem to be many conflicting reports as to what the actual rates really are. Depending on where you get your news, the rates can be quite different. One often quoted...

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Interpreting Divorce Rates

Aug 8, 2012 by

No one gets married with divorce as the goal. Americans today all agree that marriages are preferable to divorces and that marriage is better for the family, the children and the community in general. Unfortunately, divorce rates have been on the rise in the United States for several decades. Divorces in the United States used to be much harder to obtain. Back around the turn of the century divorces were much harder to obtain because the spouses had to prove a sufficient cause like abuse,...

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Prenup Requests Increase

Aug 8, 2012 by

There are a lot of different sources of information on marriage, divorce and other family issues in the United States today and the data they deliver can often be viewed in several ways, but one of the most invested groups to study American families has to be the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The organization is composed of 1,600 matrimonial attorneys across the country that are committed to improving all aspects of matrimonial law. As practicing attorneys, Academy members are...

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Worldwide Divorce Statistics

Aug 8, 2012 by

Worldwide Divorce Rates ““ Top 20 Countries with Highest Divorce Rates per Capita 1. Belarus 68% 2. Russian Federation 65% 3. Sweden 64% 4. Latvia 63% 5. Ukraine 63% 6. Czech Republic 61% 7. Belgium 56% 8. Finland 56% 9. Lithuania 55% 10. United Kingdom 53% 11. Moldova 52% 12. United States 49% 13. Hungary 46% 14. Canada 45% 15. Norway 43% 16. France 43% 17. Germany 41% 18. Netherlands 41% 19. Switzerland 40% 20. Iceland 39% 21. Kazakhstan ...

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Divorce Records

Aug 8, 2012 by

The decision to get a divorce is a private personal choice between two formerly intimate partners. Unfortunately, divorce records are not so private. The records of a divorce are an open source of information containing all the details of the separation. Divorce records stored in county courthouse files in all 50 states are open to public inspection unless they have been ordered sealed by a judge. Anyone can view those records of court proceedings, including testimony concerning disputes over...

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The State You Live in Can Influence the State of Your Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce was first legalized in the United States almost 300 years ago. Since that time, divorce laws have gone through many interesting changes, as have the divorce rates. In 2008 the divorce rate in the United States was 3.5 (per 1000 people), the lowest since 1970, when no-fault divorce first became available. Today, the divorce rate in the United States continues to go down, though these rates vary widely when broken down by state. The fact that divorce laws are created and enforced on a...

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Infidelity Shortage

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recent data from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia confirms something we already knew; the divorce rate is at its lowest point since the early 1970s in the current weakened economy. But the Project also reports something we didn’t know as well, that the research shows that levels of infidelity haven’t increased in the last two decades and overall infidelity is declining in the United States. Using the previous two decades as yardsticks shows an...

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Advocating Children’s Rights

Aug 8, 2012 by

As the divorce rate in the United States continues to climb, so does the amount of damage to the most innocent members of the family, the children. Many of the legal issues and debates surrounding a divorce focus on the rights of the adults, and overlook what might be happening to vulnerable and confused children. Children are often put aside or ignored while the mechanics of a divorce, like who gets what, are worked out. When divorcing adults are distracted, it’s easy to forget the...

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Out of Country Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I was married in Jamaica could I file for my divorce in florida?  I married a Jamaican on September 1,2008 he left my home on or around Steptember 20,2008 I have not heard or seen my husband since. I want to resolve this asap and as in expensive as possible. I tried to end it soon after he left, but was told by my clerk of courts I would have to pay 400 + dollars at that time I believe I could have been eligible for an annulment. Help please I need some advise. This man...

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Different Types of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Married couples in the United States do not have the right to get divorced. That right is granted by individual state courts, which also govern the specific terms, conditions and application of divorce laws too. The state courts all have different statutes on their books and interpret and enforce the divorce laws according the jurisdiction they are in, but generally the courts recognize three main types of divorce: absolute, limited and conversion. Three Types An absolute divorce occurs when a...

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Stable Marriages & Single Parents

Aug 8, 2012 by

Whenever researchers study the effects of divorce on a family, they usually discover two main components, with the first being that divorce puts an end to any positive effects a functioning marriage might have had on the lives of the family. The second component is that divorce is usually the result of pre-existing marital conflicts. The benefits of a healthy marriage come from the emotional, social, and physical bonds formed in a secure relationship. Studies have shown married people have less...

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Keeping Score: Did Divorce Rates Fall in 2009?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Annual reports from the National Center for Health Statistics keep track of marriages, births and divorces in the United States and depending on how you read the numbers, it appears the overall divorce rate slowed down a bit in 2009. In fact, the rates of all three major life events, marriages, births and divorces all seem to be on a slight, but steady decline compared to the numbers just two years ago. Taking a look at the actual numbers reveals a clear decline, but how the numbers are...

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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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