Divorce Curves Ahead: Top Ten Warning Signs

Dec 20, 2012 by

There are no shortages of Top Ten lists of things we all think we know: in divorce, however, the problem is often the need for a list of things you wish you had known. But rear view mirrors are not very useful in evaluating the accidents of divorce: courts are reluctant to go back into the emotional quagmire of a final divorce decree. Better navigation of a divorce’s potential legal curves has enormous benefits for both divorcing parties. Unfortunately, most courts don’t take full measure...

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Before Divorce

Dec 17, 2012 by

You are beginning to consider or are contemplating divorce, or you want to learn more about what is involved, what the laws are in your state, how much it costs, how it will affect your family, whether or not you need one, or how to get started. Divorce 101 Articles Q&A’s Find Local Resources Divorce 101 How to Divorce Going through a divorce is never a pleasant experience, but if you have a clear understanding of the procedure, it can be a new beginning for...

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A Broken Family Justice System

Aug 8, 2012 by

Several Ontario, Canada Chief Justices commenting on a report from the Law Commission of Ontario agree the family justice system in their jurisdiction left a lot to be desired and that massive changes are probably in order. Observations in the report referred to a “Broken Family Justice System” and included the fact that fine-tuning the system has been ineffective and that perhaps a totally new family law concept is required in the province. The current adversarial system of justice...

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Court Clerks Sued for Collecting Illegal Fees in Divorce Cases

Aug 8, 2012 by

TAMPA, Fla., March 25 — The Clerks of the Circuit Court have been charging and collecting illegal filing fees in divorce cases throughout the state, according to a class action lawsuit filed today in Hillsborough County. Thousands of cases have been affected and over one million dollars of illegal fees collected by the court clerks since last July, the lawsuit alleges. The suit was filed by several people who paid such fees in their own cases, on behalf of themselves and other people who...

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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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Do Social Media Sites Increase Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and others are becoming the latest weapons in divorce and child-support battles. Private investigators searching for information on a client’s wayward spouse or ex-spouse are quickly catching on to the fact that the websites are often a quick and easy way to catch people doing things they don’t want others to know about. Divorce and family law firms are increasing their reliance on information gathered...

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How Expensive Can a Divorce Get?

Aug 8, 2012 by

A Saudi prince is about to join the exclusive ranks of people with the most expensive divorce cases in history. Saudi Arabian royal family member Sheik Mohammed Al Fassi was held liable for $81 million in a 1983 divorce judgment awarded to then wife, Sheikha Dena Al Fassi (now known as Diana Bilinelli). The $81 million settlement may be a staggering amount, but it is not nearly enough to propel one into the ranks of the top five most expensive divorces of all time. Sheik Al Fassi’s...

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Connecting the dots: Alcohol, Drugs, Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Part I: What it Looks Like One of the things that surprised me when I was doing research for my book The Divorce Lawyers’ Guide to Staying Married (Volt Press, 2006) was how little information there was about the correlation between alcohol and drug abuse and divorce. One attorney who I interviewed thought that up to 30% of the divorce cases were either directly or indirectly related to a spouse’s alcohol or drug abuse. Yet, rarely does one come across any information about this all...

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Considering a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce. Chances are you’ve been thinking about it for a while. Some days you’re ready to call it quits without remorse, then, two days later, you’re wondering if it’s the right thing to do. What about the kids? What about the mortgage? What will my friends and family think? Divorce is a serious matter and not something that you should enter into lightly. The decisions you make now will impact your future emotionally, financially and oftentimes, spiritually so you...

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Discovery versus Privacy in Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

It was just three years ago that members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers noted that the number of divorce cases that included evidence gleaned from social media websites and other electronic data had increased exponentially over the last few years.  Since then, electronic evidence gathering has only picked up more steam and today the average citizen is capable of being tracked in more new ways than ever before. Anyone who has watched TV knows that forensic computer...

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Divorce Blog

Aug 8, 2012 by

If you are considering a divorce, going through a divorce or suddenly single again and ready to start all over, you will find plenty of good advice, therapy and tips to help you take control of your life here at Divorce.com’s Blog Pages. You’ll find information on topics from around the world about divorce issues in the news, lawyers and legal tips, how to manage your divorce case, family law updates and other general resources designed to help you deal with every aspect of getting...

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Divorce Checklist

Aug 8, 2012 by

Before filing for divorce you might want to set some goals as 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, a marriage counselor or other divorce-related professional mediator before you throw in the towel or start drawing up papers. Once you know where you want to end up, it will be easier to choose your course of action. If you are planning to utilize an online divorce...

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Divorce Common Sense

Aug 8, 2012 by

Because divorce laws vary from state to state and must be processed by the court according to the rules of the state you live in, if you can afford it, it might be a good idea to at least consult a divorce attorney before you decide to start filing papers. You don’t want to create a legal and financial nightmare for yourself. Even if you do retain a lawyer, you will still have many decisions to make and it helps to understand how the process works. The easiest way to research the topic of...

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Easy Divorce Education

Aug 8, 2012 by

Getting divorced is one thing, doing it without creating a legal and financial disaster for yourself is another. Since all divorces are basically civil lawsuits, they must be pursued in court according to the rules of the state you live in. Because the divorce laws vary from state to state, it is always a good idea to at least consult a divorce attorney before taking the plunge on your own. If you do decide to obtain legal representation in your divorce case, you will still need to understand...

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Divorce Filings Up Worldwide

Aug 8, 2012 by

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is back in the news again. This time it’s not a press release indicating more social media websites being utilized in divorce cases, instead the Academy members are noting that as the American economy picks up, so does the rate of new divorce filings. As the nation’s economy slowly recovers and people have more disposable income, more unhappy couples that were previously unable to afford a costly divorce are apparently now deciding to take...

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Divorce Lawyer

Aug 8, 2012 by

The importance of finding the right divorce lawyer cannot be overstated. If the other party in your divorce has the representation of a lawyer, you will need one too. Going to court without a good divorce lawyer can be a disastrous mistake that could affect your quality of life for many years to come. You need an experienced divorce lawyer on your side to help you navigate the legal technicalities and get through the paperwork as smoothly as possible. Once you have determined that you are going...

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The Divorce Process

Aug 8, 2012 by

It can be a good idea to make sure you know the basic facts about getting a divorce before you jump in and make decisions that could create a legal and financial disaster for yourself. What many people don’t understand is that divorces are basically civil lawsuits, and must be pursued in court according to the rules of the state you live in. The divorce laws vary from state to state, and it is always a good idea to at least consult a divorce attorney before taking the plunge on your own....

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Divorce Reform in India

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent article in the Globe and Mail in Toronto, Canada addressed the state of women in India who are trapped in abusive or broken marriages by archaic divorce laws and a dysfunctional court system. Divorce and separation are both increasing along with India’s rapid economic growth and social changes, but a combination of social factors make divorce especially difficult for Indian women. The country has no laws governing the division of marital property in a divorce and since Indian men...

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Divorce in Stages

Aug 8, 2012 by

There are usually specific areas of a relationship or family situation that occur leading up to a divorce. Some of the most recognizable sources of marital discord leading to a divorce or separation can include: * Children and other relatives in the home such as in-laws, step-children and grandparents can be sources of problems that can grow worse over time.* Sexual problems in the marriage like attraction, frequency and quality can drive a wedge into a marriage.* Financial problems will always...

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Divorce Steps

Aug 8, 2012 by

Making the decision to get a divorce is never easy and there are often many obstacles to overcome along the way. Before you file for divorce you might think about setting some basic goals as to what outcome you want from the situation. Consider all your options when choosing how you file, whether or not you will need an attorney and whether or not you will try mediation, a marriage counselor or other divorce-related professional services before you start drawing up any legal documents. If you...

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