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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Same Sex Divorce OK – Marriage Not Yet

Aug 8, 2012 by

Same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal must be recognized by the courts in Maryland, according to a new decision handed down by Maryland’s highest court. In an unusual twist, the latest ruling means that gay couples living in Maryland can’t get married, but they could get divorced if they were married because the state must recognize the legality of their marriage as long as it was legally performed in any state outside of Maryland. The ruling came from a vote...

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Stable Household Trumps Two Parents

Aug 8, 2012 by

An Ohio State University professor has published the findings of a study of family stability that shows growing up in a stable household is more important for a child’s development than whether or not the family has two parents in the home. The findings were released in “Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities,” a recent book co-edited by Claire Kamp Dush, assistant professor of human development and family science. The information was gathered from 5,000 households...

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Divorce Quakes

Aug 8, 2012 by

In recent news from the China it seems a new cause for that nation’s rapidly rising divorce rate has just been discovered; earthquakes. The China Daily website recently reported that “experts” are saying that the devastating magnitude-8 Wenchuan earthquake of 2008 that killed more than 69,000 people and left more than18,000 missing, caused residents of Southwest China’s Sichuan province to feel that “life was short and unpredictable” and made the decision to...

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Do You Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Doubts about your marriage can be confusing and stressful. If you have doubts about your marriage and are considering divorce, it may pay to talk with a divorce lawyer. This way, you can explore your options and can decide if this really is the best decision. The following are some things that a divorce lawyer can offer you. The legal system is often complicated for people who want to do everything from file for divorce to sue a business. Thus, it pays to talk with a divorce lawyer. They can...

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CDC Report Shows Massachusetts has Lowest Divorce Rate

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recently released study of divorce in the United States shows that same-sex marriage has not ruined the institution of marriage in Massachusetts as some opponents had claimed it would back in 2004 when the state began issuing same-sex marriage licenses following the Supreme Court decision in the case of Goodridge vs. the Department of Public Health. Looking at the total number of divorces in Massachusetts reveals that the state had the lowest divorce rate in the nation for the year 2007...

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Secret Swedish Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

In an effort to keep details of one of the world’s most public divorces private, Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren may file their divorce in Sweden where public records are not so public and there is less scrutiny from the prying eyes of the press. According to various sources Nordegren is initiating the divorce in her native country and wants to finalize it by the end of the year. The couple will share parenting duties for their two children Sam, 3, and Charlie, 14 months, and are...

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Joint Custody in Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Determining custody of the children can often be one of the most difficult situations facing divorcing partners. In most States, the judicial system makes the determination based on what is in the best interest of the minor child. Many different factors can be involved in this determination though. Factors can include everything from the ages of the children, the relationship between parent and child to parental behaviors such as addiction and lack of employment. For these reasons there are no...

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55,000 Couples Want a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Now that all 50 U.S. states have some form of no-fault divorce on the books with the recent addition of New York as the last hold-out to make the switch, it seems more liberalized divorce laws are being written internationally as well. The Parliament in New Delhi, India is planning to amend their old divorce laws, the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, and the Special Marriage Act of 1954, to include a more modern interpretation of the ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ as sufficient...

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What Grounds for Divorce are Allowed in Your State?

Aug 8, 2012 by

The grounds for obtaining a divorce vary from state to state. Some states allow both fault and no fault divorces while others allow only one of the two. Fault divorces require proof that one spouse is at fault; no fault divorces hold neither spouse responsible. No Fault Divorce No fault divorce holds that neither spouse is at fault. The spouse seeking divorce need not prove the other spouse committed a wrong. In many states, a no fault divorce is the only option. A spouse can’t object to...

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No Fault Divorce – Whose Fault Is It anyway?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce can be stressful for all of the parties involved, and it is not always the best way to handle marital strife. Unfortunately, circumstances may arise that forces one party to file for divorce because it may be the best decision for the whole family. Each state controls divorce laws and grounds for divorce, and while some divorce laws are similar in many states, others have completely different rules. Grounds for divorce and burden of proof vary slightly from state to state. Grounds for...

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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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Dating Abuse Affects One in Five Teens

Aug 8, 2012 by

Studies show that one in five teenagers in a serious dating relationship reports being physically abused by their partner. This issue is so serious that several states have passed laws specifically addressing teen dating abuse. Hazelden Publishing, the leading publisher of evidence-based violence prevention programs for students in first grade through 12th grade, understands the significance of preventing dating violence and has published Safe Dates, the only evidence-based program that...

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Larry King Retires His Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is official; Larry King will not complete his seventh divorce. Los Angeles court records show that King and his wife Shawn Southwick both filed documents to end their simultaneous divorce petitions and that both cases have been dismissed. Larry also announced his retirement from his CNN talk show, “Larry King Live,” citing the desire to spend more time with his wife and two children after 25 years on the air. Even though Larry will leave the network later this year, he will...

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More Seniors Splitting Up

Aug 8, 2012 by

Now that the latest round of the U.S. Census has been conducted, the facts and figures collected are beginning to show some new trends concerning the status of divorce in the United States. One of the trends that came to light when examining the marriage and divorce rates for 2008 is that older couples are getting more divorces later in life. The Census Bureau reports show that 26% of divorces in 2008 were filed by couples who had been married 20 years or longer. This is not a reassuring trend...

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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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Giving Love a Second Chance

Aug 8, 2012 by

Thinking of giving marriage another try? Not many people do it says the US Census bureau but once you do, you’ve got a fair shot at staying married. Check out these “second time around” statistics. 8 Average length, in years, of first marriages ending in divorce. 3 1/2 The median time in years between divorce and a second marriage. 12% and 13% Percentage of men and women, respectively, 15 and older who have married twice. Three percent each have married three or more times. By...

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Divorce Cases Rise Along with Economic Recovery

Aug 8, 2012 by

As the economy is starting to rise up out of the global economic recession, the number of new divorce filings is rising too. After two years of recession in which many less than happy couples opted to stay together because they couldn’t afford the cost of splitting up, those couples now seem to be able to afford getting divorced. Although the turnaround has been slow, many county courts in the U.S. have seen a surge in divorce filings this summer. The trend is more evident in the UK...

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Tiger Wood’s Divorce May be On

Aug 8, 2012 by

Sources are saying that Tiger Wood’s marriage to Elin Nordegren is definitely over. Speculation as to an impending divorce for the couple has picked up momentum in recent weeks with Nordegren taking yet another vacation without the Tiger in tow. The couple both returned from separate trips last Friday, but each spent the weekend in separate houses and spent time with the children separately too. The Swedish ex-model had jetted off for a holiday on Monday with their two young children...

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Mandatory Sex

Aug 8, 2012 by

The idea that if you’re married and unhappy with your sex life, you should be able to sue your spouse and get a divorce too, is a concept that appears to be taking hold in Europe. In a unique ruling, a French court recently ordered a 51-year-old man to pay his ex-wife $14,000 in damages for failing to have enough sex with her during their 21-year marriage. The man named only as Jean-Louis B, was fined under Article 215 of France’s civil code which states that married couples must...

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