Divorcing Down Under

Aug 8, 2012 by

The news from Down Under concerning the state of divorce in Australia seems to mirror that of the United States when it comes to increasing money worries in a tight economy leading to a rise in the number of total divorces in that country. As reported recently in The Sydney Morning Herald the number of divorces in Australia increased 5% from 2008 to 2009.  The figure of 49,448 divorces in 2009 represents 2.3 divorces per 1000 people and is the first increase in the number and rate of...

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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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Divorce Rate

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce rates in the United States have been slowly increasing since 1970 and today some estimates claim the figure has reached nearly 50%, or half of all marriages. The numbers are debatable though, because different cultural, economic and social groups all have different divorce rates. Recent studies also suggest couples with higher incomes get divorced less frequently. However you measure the rate, divorce has huge consequences for individuals, families and communities alike. The 50% figure...

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Divorce Contests

Aug 8, 2012 by

Two of the most commonly misunderstood terms related to divorce in the United States today are “contested” divorces and “uncontested” divorces. The difference between the two types is usually measured in time and money, with contested divorces being the most difficult and expensive. Contested divorces are often caused by the hurt feelings and pain surrounding the termination of a marriage and resulting disagreements over difficult issues like property division and...

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Hidden Costs of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Recent studies show that the number of children of divorce living in single parent households compared to those living in two parent families has risen steadily in the last decade to the point that now nearly 50% of all children live with one parent only. At the same time, the number of divorces in the United States has risen to a near 50% level as well and the number of children touched by divorce in has increased right along with the number of divorces in the country. All those kids living...

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Same-Sex and Marriage in the Census

Aug 8, 2012 by

New Census Bureau data released Monday from the American Community Survey of 3 million households shows that 76% of those who have ever been married, have been married just one time. The figures are 20% for those who have been married twice and 5% have been married three or more times. The new data also shows almost 200,000 fewer same-sex couples than the previous year with 565,000 same-sex couples in 2008 and 754,000 in 2007. Census officials stated there was no intention of altering the...

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Online Divorce is Up

Aug 8, 2012 by

A look at the latest news headlines from around the country shows the current economic squeeze is having a definite effect on divorces in the Midwest. The lack of cash hasn’t stopped couples from divorcing, it is changing the way they get divorced though. Couples currently considering divorce now must cope with cash problems resulting from owing more than their homes are presently worth or high credit card balances they can’t make the payments on. The result is more people are...

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Divorce Differences

Aug 8, 2012 by

California became the first state to adopt no-fault divorce law back in 1970 and in the years that followed every other state in the nation has adopted similar divorce laws. New York was the last state in the union to require at-fault divorce grounds until 2010 when the New York Senate and Assembly put no-fault divorce laws on the books in that state too. No-fault divorce laws that permitted one spouse to terminate a marriage without a specific fault being assigned to either party were adopted...

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Divorce Children

Aug 8, 2012 by

Then number of children affected by divorce in the United States has increased in direct proportion to the number of divorces in the country. Research estimates show the ratio of children of divorce living in single parent households (compared to two parent families) has risen from about 20% in the early 1960’s up to nearly 50% in the last decade. The number of kids living with one parent in the U.S. today mirrors estimates that claim half of all marriages now end in divorce. Studies have...

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File for Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

In order to file for a divorce, the first thing that must be done is the filing of a complaint or petition for dissolution of the marriage with the court that has jurisdiction over the case. Even if both parties are in agreement about the divorce and there are no complex issues to be decided, one spouse must still file a petition to initiate the process. The petition is a formal request asking the court to terminate the marriage and the person making the request is known as the plaintiff. The...

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FamilyLife Invites Recently Unemployed Couples to Attend Marriage Conference for Free

Aug 8, 2012 by

FamilyLife, the global, donor-supported leader in marriage conferences, will present Weekend to Remember in Charlotte on Feb. 20 – 22. The Weekend to Remember marriage conference aims to strengthen healthy marriages and heal troubled ones in an engaging, supportive and non-threatening environment. While every couple is encouraged to attend, FamilyLife would like to extend a special invitation to area couples who have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis to attend the Weekend to...

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I have been separated for so long does it matter if my husband contests?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I have been separated from my husband for over 10 years. I met someone recently and we are talking about getting married. Since, I have been separated for so long does it matter if he contests it? And also what if I can’t locate him? State:  Pennsylvania Answer:  Upon filing your divorce petition, your spouse has 30 days to respond if he lives in Pennsylvania. He has 60 days if he lives outside of Pennsylvania, and 90...

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Divorce Education

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is always a good idea to educate yourself about the laws and related legal processes that govern the process of divorce before you sign any papers. You don’t have to take classes or become a lawyer to understand your divorce, but understanding the basics of the process can help reduce some of the mental and emotional strain involved if you know what to expect in advance. Unlike a Las Vegas wedding, people cannot just stop in for a quick divorce in Las Vegas or any other town in the...

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Creating Prenups

Aug 8, 2012 by

The use of prenuptial agreements is more common among second and third marriages than for first time unions. That fact is completely understandable in the U.S. today where the divorce rate for first-time marriages is around 50% and the numbers get worse from there. Divorce statistics show that currently around 65% of second marriages and 75% of third marriages will end in divorce in the United States. As people age and accumulate more assets and experience, prenuptial agreements are a good way...

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Economically Depressed Divorce Rate

Aug 8, 2012 by

The divorce rate in the United States have been slowly inching upward since 1970 and today many source claim the figure has reached the point where half of all marriages eventually fail in this country. However, the numbers are definitely debatable when one considers the different cultural, economic and social groups that each have different divorce rates within the general population. The 50% figure for some groups may be accurate for recent years, but other studies have indicated that the...

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National Divorce Rates Falling

Aug 8, 2012 by

The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s attempts to take the nation’s pulse through examining the hard data gleaned from that door-to-door effort contains some very interesting numbers related to marriage and divorce in the United States. It looks like the last fifteen years of endless reams of professional papers, along with reality TV shows and on-the-air talk show therapists weighing in on the subject may finally be having a positive effect in the area of divorce as the...

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What is the percent of fathers who get their kids in divorces?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What is the percent of fathers who get their kids in divorces? State:  Texas Answer:  Figures from the US Bureau of the Census and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services show how the numbers stack up. In the United States there are 11,268,000 custodial mothers compared to 2,907,000 total custodial fathers. The figures indicate that about 25% of custodial families are headed by men. – The Divorce.com Team Wendy Jaffe...

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Divorce, Family and Society

Aug 8, 2012 by

Marriage in the United States is no longer the lasting institution it once was. Every year over a million American families will experience a divorce and over half of the kids born this year will witness their parent’s divorce before they reach the age of eighteen. Although there may be some benefit for children stuck in abusive family situations, the effects of a divorce are usually physically, emotionally and financially negative for everyone involved. The experience of divorce, even a...

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Consequences of Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

For the purposes of studying the effects of divorce on the family, the negative consequences have two main components that most divorces share. The first is that a divorce halts all positive effects a functioning marriage might have had on the lives of the adults and children in the family. The second factor is that a divorce is usually indicative of pre-existing marital conflict in the relationship and it carries negative effects for the whole family. Research has long proven and documented...

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Facebook & Divorce Down Under

Aug 8, 2012 by

By now almost everyone has heard that social media websites have been cited as a big factor in many recent divorces in the United States. Popular social media websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and others have become the latest battlegrounds in divorce and child-support contests due to the fact that Attorneys and private investigators can so easily find incriminating evidence on the Internet. Last year, over three quarters of the attorneys surveyed in an American...

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