Divorce Blame

Feb 11, 2013 by

Although someone usually gets blamed whenever a marriage fails, suing your local church congregation for your divorce is definitely an unusual circumstance. Whenever a divorce occurs, someone is likely to be blamed for causing it. That fact is simply human nature, and it is hard to imagine that no one would receive at least a small bit of blame and that everyone would be equally happy and completely guilt-free when a close personal relationship is finally and legally terminated. It is almost...

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Larry King Divorce May Still Be On

Aug 8, 2012 by

When we last visited the topic of Larry King’s marriage, the CNN reporter and his wife Shawn had announced they were setting their impending divorce aside and that “We owe it to ourselves and our children to continue being dedicated to each other.” Now, it seems the split may be back on the front burner after Shawn’s recent drug overdose that many observers say was a suicide attempt. Whatever the truth is, property division issues now seem to be the main bone of...

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More Divorce Apps

Aug 8, 2012 by

A few weeks ago we examined a new iPhone application called “Divorce Cost and Prep” created by Dallas Attorney Michelle O’Neill and Fort Worth CPA Bryan Rice. Their divorce app was aimed at helping divorcing couples assess the monetary costs associated with the dissolution of a marriage. The $9.99 divorce cost and prep app helped users estimate their divorce expenses without having to pay an accountant or attorney to do the same thing. Now it appears O’Neill and Price...

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Philippine Divorce Law Changes

Aug 8, 2012 by

Americans marrying Filipinos and Filipinos marrying Americans have long shared a common problem when it comes to divorce; the nation of the Philippines has never had any provisions for divorce at all. Persons wanting to remarry were often just plain out of luck if they wanted a divorce in that country. Under Philippine law there was no divorce procedure, only annulment was on the books and an annulment in the Philippines is an extremely difficult status to obtain. Even those Filipinos who...

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Sandra Bullock Ready to File for Divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The gossip continues to swirl around Sandra Bullock’s possible divorce and now her abrupt cancellation of a scheduled appearance in a U.K. film premiere has only added fuel to the fire. In a statement from Warner Brothers UK, Sandra apologized for not going to the London premiere. The statement said “Due to unforeseen personal reasons, a trip abroad has been deemed impossible at this time.” Bullock was also recently photographed hiking in Northern California, and more...

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Japanese Prosecutors Finally Relent in International Child Custody Case Against US Father

Aug 8, 2012 by

Prosecutors in Japan have dropped the case against an American man arrested after he snatched his children from his ex-wife in her home country of Japan. An official with the Japanese Prosecutors Office said the department decided to abandon the case because the father’s intent was only to see his children. United States citizen Christopher Savoie, claimed his ex-wife Noriko Savoie had violated a U.S. court custody decision by taking the children from Franklin, Tennessee, to her home in...

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4,600 Divorces a Day

Aug 8, 2012 by

International news readers will recognize that news reporting in India is frequently concerned with the goings-on of their more populous neighbor to the North, China. This week the Times of India newspaper is reporting that the rapidly rising divorce rate in China is due to mounting social pressures caused by the country’s rapid economic growth and an overall decline in fertility rates across the world’s most populous nation. The recent Times report states that nearly, 850,000...

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What are Court Orders?

Aug 8, 2012 by

When proceeding with a divorce, many arrangements must be made between the spouses. If husband and wife are unable to negotiate an agreement about the children, bills, and/or other issues, a court order can be used to split financial responsibilities until the divorce becomes finalized. The first step in splitting financial responsibilities is always to attempt to negotiate with your spouse. This will save legal costs for both parties. There are circumstances where this might not be possible,...

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New Divorce Rules for Europe

Aug 8, 2012 by

New European Union legislation on divorce will enable couples with different nationalities, those living apart in different countries, or those living together in a nation other than their home country, to decide which country’s laws apply to their divorce. The European Parliament passed the legislation and the new rules will go into effect in 18 months. The rules will be enforced in a group of 14 European Union countries including Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia,...

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Facebook Cited in 1/3 of Divorces

Aug 8, 2012 by

Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his own status to ‘married’ on the social media site recently, a recent survey in the UK says his website may be causing a full one-third of all new divorces filed in that nation. The survey found that the practice of unhappy couples complaining about their spouse’s behavior on Facebook is growing exponentially and the many inappropriate messages posted there seem to be the biggest source of complaints. The latest survey’s...

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Covering Your Assets in a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Under a bill recently passed by the state legislature, as soon as a husband or wife sues for divorce by filing a summons in New York State Supreme Court, they are both required to not alter the economic status of the marriage from that point on. As soon a person receives a divorce summons they can no longer move money or other property around to hide it or shield it from claims by their spouse. In years past, planning a divorce also meant planning to be the first one to clean out the bank...

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Social Media & Second Marriages

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is no secret that the 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 and divorce attorneys 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. The most incriminating online evidence...

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Understanding Child Custody Laws

Aug 8, 2012 by

Child custody refers to the legal care and maintenance of a child to one or both of the parents. Child custody is often a battle for many families going through divorce. In many cases, the parent who should be awarded full custody of the child is obvious, while in other cases it is not. Child custody laws differ from state to state. Depending on the state where the custody case is taking place, the courts may use different factors to determine which parent is awarded custody. Although there are...

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Young People Want “Happily Ever After” but Lack Skills to Make Marriage Work

Aug 8, 2012 by

A groundbreaking new survey sponsored by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) finds that 82% of young adults aged 18-30 plan to get married and stay married for life. However, an estimated 40% of first marriages end in divorce. Why? “There is often a disconnect between attitudes about marriage and the reality of getting or being married,” says Mary Myrick, NHMRC Project Director. “Once married, conflicts may arise over money, parenting, and other important...

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Can You Really Do-It-Yourself?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The economic hardships brought on by divorce causes many people to search for do-it-yourself options in order to save money. Before considering this alternative several questions must be answered. A major consideration in a Pro Se (or “for yourself” divorce without an attorney) is the law in the state where the divorcing couple resides. State law rather than federal law governs the process of divorce. Some states make divorce simple, especially when there are no minor children...

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Divorce “Befitting a Getty” Costs a Million a Month

Aug 8, 2012 by

It appears that no amount of money can fix a marriage headed for imminent divorce, or at least not for the heir to the Getty oil fortune, Peter Getty. Peter and wife of 9 years, Jacqui, have been involved in a long-running divorce battle that is currently underway in Los Angeles Superior Court. The public divorce documents in the case provide a fascinating glimpse into a dysfunctional relationship in the upper stratosphere of finances where society’s wealthiest families play. Jacqui Getty...

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Teens, Relationships, and Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

The news that Bristol Palin and her fiance Levi Johnston have broken off their engagement once again focuses national attention on teens’ expectations about marriage when there is a pregnancy, the proportion of teens who get married after having a child, and the viability of teen marriages themselves. Research suggests that the experience of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston is far from rare. At the time of their child’s birth, more than half of unmarried teen mothers say they are...

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Making the Best of it for the Kids

Aug 8, 2012 by

There has always been talk of how the children will be better off when the parents who no longer are able to be civil to each other separate, but there is cause for concern when we look at so many statistics that tell us differently. Crime rates have been proven to be highest among children raised in single-parent homes, just for one instance. When there are children considered in the divorce proceedings, it is important that this kind of rationalization for wanting to dissolve the union not be...

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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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Are You Ready for Remarriage?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Remarriage can be a beautiful thing, especially when you are ready to take the next step forward. Many people look at remarriage as a second chance at making their relationship right. However, as with any type of relationship, it is important to recognize the impact that remarriage can have on your life. The most important factor in remarriage is knowing that you are ready for the new relationship. It can take anywhere from two to five years to fully heal from your first marriage, so be sure...

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