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Online Calculator Gives Divorce Odds

Jan 8th, 2009

A new online calculator designed by a professor of public policy offers individuals the opportunity to answer a brief set of demographic questions and find out the odds of their marriage ending in divorce, based on cen...

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Top Month for Divorce: January

Jan 7th, 2009

More divorces are filed in January than any other month, according to court records and anecdotal evidence from divorce attor...

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Bitter Divorce Leads to Killing Spree

Dec 29th, 2008

An acrimonious divorce following a two-year-long marriage appears to have been a factor in the Christmas Eve rampage committed by Bruce Pardo, who slaughtered his ex-wife, Sylvia Pardo, and eight of her relatives in

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Who had the most expensive divorces in 2008?

Dec 19th, 2008

Celebrity divorces are big news — perhaps because people derive a little consolation in seeing that the rich and famous have marital troubles just like ...

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Ex-Wife's Jail Sentence Affects Alimony

Dec 16th, 2008

Patricia and Andrew Craissati divorced in 2001, and Andrew was ordered to pay $2,000 per month to Patricia, now 48, as spousal support (alimony). Their Florida divorce settlement ...

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Military Striving to Keep Marriages Together

Dec 8th, 2008

Members of the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps are going in increasing numbers to military-sponsored programs designed to help keep married couples together. The rate of divorce among both soldiers and Marines rose sign...

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Military Divorce Rate Is Increasing

Dec 5th, 2008

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are presumed to be factors in the increasing rate of divorce among couples with one or both spouses in the U.S. Ar...

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Financial Tips for Couples Considering Divorce

Dec 2nd, 2008

With the U.S. economy in a finally-declared recession (more informally known as "tanking"), many married couples who want to get divorced are finding that they cannot afford to split up. Even couples who are happy together ar...

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Rough Economy Stops Many Divorce Plans

Nov 25th, 2008

The current economic crisis in the U.S. is affecting society in a myriad of ways, one of which is keeping more couples together. As wages plunge, layoffs increase, jobs are lost, and homes are foreclosed, it can be difficult enough to ...

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Madonna, Guy Ritchie Divorce Finalized

Nov 20th, 2008

The pop star Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie, a movie director, have ended their eight-year marriage. On Nov. 21, their divorce settlement

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Online-Game Affair Sparks Divorce

Nov 18th, 2008

When a woman suspected that her husband was using his online alter ego "avatar" in the role-playing game, Second Life, to have an affair with another woman's avatar, she hired a cyber-private investig...

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Divorce Announcements Gaining in Popularity

Nov 14th, 2008

The stigma that once accompanied divorce appears to be long gone as divorce announcements become more and more common across the U.S. The news that a marriage has ended may be somber, happy, or just a relief that an ex...

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Divorce around the World

Nov 13th, 2008

If asked, "Which country has the highest divorce rate?" many people will guess that it's the United States, since every so often another newspaper report describes the high divorce rate and the latest theories as to why the r...

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Divorce Papers Sought by Detectives

Nov 6th, 2008

The sealed divorce documents in the case of the man who went by the name "Clark Rockefeller" are being sought by Los Angeles County detectives. They are investigating his role in the disappearance of a California couple in 19...

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Women Advised to Plan before Divorce

Nov 4th, 2008

Divorce lawyers note that one of the most common mistakes made by women who want to leave their marriages is a lack of planning and forethought. Professionals note that quite often, the emotional aspects of a marriage in trouble overtake a woman's more...

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Does Recession Affect Divorce Rate?

Oct 31st, 2008

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, recessions in the economy during the past 25 years have not had major effects on the divorce rate. In fact, in the early 1980s, the divorce rate started to slowly decrease (after steadily increasing during the prio...

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Researchers Study Types of Couples and Divorce

Oct 30th, 2008

Divorce is widespread in the U.S., and the costs to society of such a high divorce rate have been widely debated. Several researchers have attempted to determine the factors that contribute to the break-up of marriages, and marriage counselors have tri...

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Virtual Divorce Brings Real Consequences

Oct 29th, 2008

A woman was recently jailed in Japan for "murdering" her virtual ex-husband's avatar (the digital image that a game player creates to represent him- or herself online). She is accused of hacking into the prof...

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Divorce Rate at Lowest Level Since 1970

Oct 24th, 2008

Although many people estimate that half of all couples who marry these days will get divorced, the truth is that the "per capita" divo...

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Inmate Files Lawsuit to Waive Divorce Fee

Oct 22nd, 2008

A male inmate of a Duchesne County, Utah prison recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he is being denied equal access to the courts based on the $155 filing fee he's required to pay the state of Utah for his Read Full Article >

Judge Orders Destruction of IVF Embryos

Oct 14th, 2008

On Oct. 14, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its decision to deny a man's legal appeal to keep alive the six frozen IVF (in vitro fertilization) embryos that he and his ex-wife had preserved during their marriage. The ex-wife wanted ...

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Gallup Poll Finds Wide Acceptance of Divorce

Oct 9th, 2008

With the institution of marriage comes a range of taboo topics that, in modern times, have included same-sex marriages and polygamy. However, in a recent Gallup poll entitled "Values and Beliefs," researchers found that divorce is no ...

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Family Stability Following Divorce is Key for Children

Oct 7th, 2008

The Journal of Marriage and Family has recently reported that a 2008 study conducted by the Allied Technology Group (ATG) has found that children of divorced parents are far more likely to grow into healthy, successful adults if they experience stable ...

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Ten Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

Oct 2nd, 2008

While couples contemplating or enduring a divorce know that they may lose some of their assets, this fact is painfully evident for those who find themselves shelling out millions of dollars to their ex-spouses. Among the wealthiest people getting divor...

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Divorce Preparation

Sep 25th, 2008

Although divorce can often be a complicated procedure for a spouse, many problems can be avoided with proper planning. Planning

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Limited Divorce

Sep 16th, 2008

A limited divorce is a legal action taken when the married couple do not have grounds for an absolute divorce and are unable to settle their dispute privately. In these cases, a court supervise...

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Divorce Support Groups

Sep 15th, 2008

There is no such thing as a painless divorce.  The breakup of a marriage, even for the spouse who initiates the divorce, is often accompanied by sadness, sorro...

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Increases in Pet Custody Cases

Sep 11th, 2008

The question, “Who gets the family pet?” is getting to be a major issue in divorce court.

Pets, in most cases, are treated the same as all other marital property in divorce proceedings because they a...

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Divorce Rates Among Christian Groups

Sep 11th, 2008

The often-quoted slogan, “The family that prays together, stays together,” is not necessarily true, according to the Barna Research Group of Ventura, California. A recent study by the organization throws do...

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Reassessing Your Finances in Divorce

Sep 3rd, 2008

Almost every stage in an individual’s personal life requires the reassessment of finances, particularly divorce.

Going through a divorce can bring about unexpected money problems and have a...

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Child Support Collections Rise in TN

Aug 26th, 2008

Child support collections reportedly hit a new high in Shelby County, Tennessee last month due to new collection e...

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Program for Divorcing Parents Launched in MN

Aug 19th, 2008

A pilot program was recently launched in Anoka County, Minnesota, to help aid parents who are going through a divorce.

The program is hoped to save couples thousands of dollars and lots of time in their

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Increase in Couples Cohabitating After Divorce

Aug 12th, 2008

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 5.5 million couples were reported as cohabitating after going through a divorce in 2005.


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NOW Declares Crisis in Family Law Courts

Aug 5th, 2008

At a recent national conference for the National Organization for Women (NOW), members talked about the supposed “crisis for women and their children in the family law courts” that has been ongoing.


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Broken System Leads to Harder Divorce

Jul 29th, 2008

For many couples going through a divorce, the process can be heartbreaking, expensive, and very time consuming.

Divorce experts say all of this can be height...

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Bad Economy Causes More Divorces

Jul 23rd, 2008

According to recent data retrieved by the National Center for Health Statistics, the divorce rate throughout the country was at a record low in 2007.


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Financial Problems May Prevent Divorce

Jul 15th, 2008

According to recent reports, the drop in the country’s divorce rate may not be because people have healthier marriages or are getting along better.

On the contrary, the ...

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Divorce Rates High During Recession

Jul 8th, 2008

According to recent reports, divorce rates tend to go up during times of recession and they tend to get uglier.

Divorce is always hard to end...

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Visitation Rights When Divorced

Jul 1st, 2008

According to recent reports, the divorce rate in the United States is lower than it has been in recent decades.

However, many people are still filing for or are already, divor...

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Military-Custody Law Signed

Jun 24th, 2008

A law regarding those in the military and custody was recently signed in Kansas by Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

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High Rate of Divorce in Houston County

Jun 17th, 2008

According to recent reports, Houston County has the second highest divorce rate in the state of Alabama.

Since this news was released to the public, local organizations throughout the county are reportedly taking...

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CA Group Files Suit Against Gay Marriages

Jun 12th, 2008

A group in California who is against the legalization of same-sex marriage recently filed a suit in San Francisco.

Same-sex marriage has officially been legalized in the state and gay and lesbian...

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Same-Sex Couples Face Issue of Divorce

Jun 10th, 2008

Although same-sex couples have crossed the marriage hurdle and will be legally accepted in California, the question now arises of what happens when they want to divorce?<...

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The Financial Hardships of Divorce

Jun 3rd, 2008

Going through a divorce can be both emotionally and financially straining for all of those involved.

According to divorce experts, when two spouses separate it’s easy for them to want it done in the quickest most efficient way, which in the...

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Ban on Gay Marriages Overturned in CA

May 27th, 2008

The Supreme Court of California recently denied a law that bans same-sex marriage in the state.

This new decision will reportedly invalidate any law that discriminates against, a couple wanting to marry, solely based on their se...

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Majority of Americans Accept Divorce

May 21st, 2008

According to recent reports, the majority of Americans believe the divorce is morally acceptable.

A survey conducted by Gallup’s 2008 Values and Beliefs found that 70 percent of those in the U.S. find divorce to be acceptable.

This is...

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Muslim Tradition Denied in Court

May 13th, 2008

Last week, the highest court in the state of Maryland ruled that the Muslim’s traditional way of finalizing a divorce is not acceptable in the United States.

The Court of Appeals reportedly rejected a Pakistani man’s argument that the...

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Divorce Rings Gain Popularity

May 7th, 2008

Those going through a divorce are now taking their wedding bands, which once symbolized eternal love and commitment and turning them into rings of hope.

Companies throughout the U.S. are producing and selling rings that are catered towards those ...

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Presumption of Paternity and DNA Testing

Apr 30th, 2008

According to recent reports, most states across the U.S. are now allowing men to use DNA testing when challenging paternity.

However, studies have found that m...

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Beginners Guide on CA Divorce Released

Apr 22nd, 2008

A veteran divorce attorney recently announced the release of his book about divorce in California.
The 73 page book was reportedly written for residents living in California but aren’t educated on California divorce law.

Many ...

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Study Shows Divorce is Costing Taxpayers

Apr 15th, 2008

According to a recent study conducted by four advocacy groups, divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing is putting a financial weight on taxpayers in the U.S.

The study was done by groups who are asking the government to take more action to boiste...

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Divorce and The Church

Apr 8th, 2008

A new study conducted by George Barna disproves the notion that the divorce rate for Christians is the same as it is for non-Christians.

Study Conducted

In the study, which was conducted in March, Barna compared the

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Paternity Tests Available at Drugstores

Apr 1st, 2008

According to reports, DNA paternity tests are now available at pharmacies throughout the United States.

The first wave of marketing for these do-it-yourself tests is being sold as Identigene and by Sorenson Genomics.

Tests Spark C...

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Saving on Taxes During Divorce

Mar 25th, 2008

Although taxes aren’t usually the first thing on a couple’s mind when they’re going through a divorce, divorce experts say it’s definitely something that should be considered.

Divorce can be a difficult thing to go through...

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CA Court Hears Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

Mar 11th, 2008

The California Supreme Court reportedly held a hearing for arguments regarding same-sex marriages yesterday in San Francisco.

However, according to reports, it wa...

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Being Financially Smart in Divorce

Feb 26th, 2008

When couples are going through a divorce it’s easy to understand that crunching numbers and dealing with who gets what is, at times, the last thing they want to think about.

However, according to researchers it is beneficial to both parties...

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Protecting Your Children During Divorce

Feb 19th, 2008

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, contrary to popular belief, the divorce rate in the U.S. is decreasing.

Statistics show that the number of divorces in...

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Protecting Your Retirement Assets During Divorce

Feb 13th, 2008

During divorce, property and retirement assets tend to be among the larger things to split between the former couple.

Seeing as the values of homes are rapidly declining, new reports show that retirement assets are taking center stage.

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Top Cities for Couples

Feb 5th, 2008

Since the rent is so high in most cities across the country and men and women are waiting longer to get married, it’s no wonder more couples are living together.

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Divorce and Parental Alienation Syndrome

Jan 29th, 2008

According to recent studies, one out of every four children becomes the victim of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) during a divorce.

PAS is defined as the manipulation of children by the custodial parent and is becoming an increasingly common p...

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New Bill Proposed to Expand Domestic Partnership Law

Jan 22nd, 2008

Lawmakers are reportedly looking to expand the domestic partnership law in the state of Washington.

The new expansion would grant same sex couples more that 170 of the benefits and responsibilities that are currently being given to married couple...

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Divorce May Further Gap Between Teens and Fathers

Jan 15th, 2008

A recent study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family claims that the distance from adolescents and their fathers is greater than the distance between them and their mothers.

The study claims that although research proves that fathers&r...

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Missouri Couple Wins Custody of Child

Jan 8th, 2008

According to reports, a man living in Missouri who claims that his obesity has prevented him from being allowed to adopt a baby was recently given custody of the child.

The struggle for adoption not only involved the man being overweight but also...

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'Covenant Marriage' among Idaho Task Force's Recommendations

Jan 3rd, 2008

A task force made up of Assembly members in Idaho has recommended that the state enact a 'covenant marriage' law to make couples attend premarital counseling and allow divorce for a limited number of reasons.

Three other states—Arkansas, Lo...

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Rite Aid Stores Sell Paternity Test Kit

Dec 18th, 2007

Sorenson Genomics recently started selling a paternity test kit at various Rite Aid stores along the West coast.

According to reports, this will mark the first time that a DNA test will be sold through a pharmacy chain.

Consumers O...

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Spouse’s Aren’t Entitled Public Divorce Lawyers

Dec 12th, 2007

According to state records, in the 13,300 divorce cases involving children that were filed last year, 7 percent involved a “pro se” or party that was unrepresented.

Housewife Acts as Own Attorney

When Brenda Kin...

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The Impact of Divorce on the Planet

Dec 4th, 2007

A recent analysis on domestic relations and resource use in the United States and 11 other countries showed that divorce could have a detrimental impact on the environment.

The data shows that since divorce leads to more households being develop...

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How Divorce Can Affect Your Health

Nov 27th, 2007

A recent study conducted by David A. Sbarra from the University of Arizona shows that love really does hurt, not only mentally, but physically as well.

Sbarra and his colleagues have been working on a study known as the “Marital Transitions...

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How to Cope With Divorce During the Holidays

Nov 20th, 2007

The holidays are traditionally a time for family and friends to celebrate together; however, with the numbers of divorces that are occurring annually, many couples are having t...

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Dating Life After Divorce

Nov 13th, 2007

After ending his marriage in 2004, Phil Lee, a fitness-business owner, felt as if he had been branded with a scarlet “D” across his chest.

“At my age, a lot of the women I meet have children themselves, so it’s generally a...

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Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage Continues

Nov 6th, 2007

A Boston-based legal advocacy group that helped gay marriage become legal in Massachusetts is continuing to fight to expand same-sex marriage in other states.

The Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders have been surveying the 10,000 same-se...

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Study Shows Marriages Ending Earlier

Oct 30th, 2007

A recent study shows that married couples are most vulnerable and at the greatest risk for divorce before their fifth anniversary.

This study found that couples are growing bored of each other far sooner that in the 1950’s when the “s...

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Gaining a Spouse Could Affect Your Weight

Oct 25th, 2007

A new study shows that married people tend to pack on the pounds faster and easier than those who are single.

The Obesity Society, a group consisting of weight-loss scientists and professionals, conducted the study.

Saying ‘I...

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Study Reveals Lasting Military Marriages

Oct 16th, 2007

A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense shows that the stress of war has led to a gradual increase in divorce among couples that are separated by military duty.

The study surprised researchers because they expected to find a more ...

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Bad Marriages Boost Heart Risks

Oct 9th, 2007

A study published in the recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that close relationships that are negative—including bad marriages—more than triple the risk of heart problems.

The results reinforce “a well-known...

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Activists Push for Change in Divorce Law

Oct 2nd, 2007

Military members and retirees recently applauded a briefing that occurred at the Pentagon regarding a 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as property in divorce settlements.

Military activists are pushing for the Defe...

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Passport Rule Collects Child Support

Sep 25th, 2007

The New passport requirements have made life this summer very complicated for those traveling, have also revealed thousands of cases of unpaid child support.


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Divorce Gets Sneaky

Sep 18th, 2007

These days couples have more to worry about then whether their computer will suddenly crash due to an unknown virus or get hacked into by a teenager.

Couples going through troubled times are now turning to their shared technology to catch their s...

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Pet Custody Battles in Divorce

Sep 11th, 2007

There are many issues to battle when going through a divorce, who gets the house, child custody disputes and financial complications.

Now, the debate over who gets the f...

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Getting Counseling Through a Divorce

Sep 5th, 2007

According to divorce experts, more options exist today than ever before for parents that are entangled in divorce and custody disputes.

Various types of treatments, therapy and ...

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End of Summer, End of Marriage?

Aug 28th, 2007

As the summer draws to a close and the new season begins, many couples decide to part ways as they send their children off to school.

According to divorce lawyers from various parts of the country, more people opt to split at the end of the summ...

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Adultery No Longer An Issue in Texas

Aug 21st, 2007

According to the Associated Press, the records used for the collection of tolls by the E-Z Pass and other systems similar to TollTags are often used in divorce cases to imply infidelity throughout the Northeast and Midwestern states.

However, acc...

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Growing Awareness of "Paternity Fraud"

Aug 16th, 2007

An increasing number of cases are turning up in which a man confirms that he has been ordered to child support for a child that is not biologically his offspring. A ...

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Judge Rules Against Banning Oral Divorce Testimony

Aug 14th, 2007

The state Supreme Court recently ruled that the Contra Costa County Supreme Court violated state laws with a rule that prevented people in divorce trials from presenting an oral testimony.

Ruling Calls For New Trials

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Marriage Ed Courses Adopted in U.S.

Aug 7th, 2007

Many states throughout the country are setting aside funds and encouraging couples ready to marry to first enroll in a marriage education class.

Marriage education classes are being set up with the help of church’s and community centers so ...

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The Three Year Itch Plagues Marriages

Jul 24th, 2007

New research shows that the “seven year itch” that was once the bunt of marriage jokes has now been decreased to a “three year itch”.

According to studies, couples are now opting for ...

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New York Divorce Laws Questioned

Jul 19th, 2007

It seems that the lengthy trials and economic burdens of divorce are going to continue, even with the opposition of some, in the state of New York.

New York is one of the few s...

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No-Fault Divorce Law Associated with Divorce Rates

Jul 17th, 2007

According to recent research, no-fault divorce laws seem to be responsible for the increase in divorce in the United States.

The laws represent a potent factor in the nation's h...

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Beating the Financial Set-Backs of Divorce

Jul 10th, 2007

In a country where about 50 percent of couples actually stay married, the process of divorce can oftentimes, not only be emotionally straining, but can be Read Full Article >

Protecting Yourself During Divorce

Jul 3rd, 2007

Financial complications can often arise in the divorce process. Attorneys and financial specialist both agree that steps should be taken to ensure that you and your money are protected.

According to divorce experts, it is best to separate yo...

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Divorce Trainers to Strengthen Your Mindset

Jun 26th, 2007

Divorce trainers are becoming more popular as the often-quoted statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce stills remains true in America.

For those who are enduring the emotional repercussions of divorce, a divorce coach lends a ...

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Joe Kennedy's Annulment Reversed by the Vatican

Jun 20th, 2007

The annulment of the 12-year marriage of political scion and former U.S. congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and his first wife Sheila Rauch was kept secret from Rauch when it was ...

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Divorce Gets Messy Due to Embryo Dispute

Jun 12th, 2007

A Houston couple, Augusta and Randy Roman, who are currently going through a divorce, take their dispute over the embryos they froze to court.

The Romans met in 1996 and married 6 months later, agreeing to wait two years before having child...

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Man Adopting Woman's Last Name

Jun 5th, 2007

Married women haven’t been required to take the last name of their husband for years; however, a new trend is popping up worldwide which breaks the patriarchal tradition that has been engrained in us as a society.

Husbands are now adoptin...

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Divorced Men More Likely to Become Depressed

May 29th, 2007

A new study just released by Statistics Canada shows that divorced men are more likely to suffer from depression than married men and females.

Though the stereotype may be that men typically relish in the fact of being single again, the stu...

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Act To Protect Wartime Child Custody

May 22nd, 2007

The House recently passed an amendment to ensure that soldiers who are being deployed during wartime will not be at risk for losing their children as a result of their extended absence.

The Amendment

As part of a...

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Divorce Rate Hits Lowest Level in Decades

May 18th, 2007

The national per capita divorce rate has been steadily declining since the early 1980s when it reached a peak high. Experts are saying that the divorce rate is now one-third of what...

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Domestic Partner Bill Approved in Oregon

May 11th, 2007

Oregon is now one of a handful of states across the nation that will offer certain marital benefits to same-sex couples. Beginning January 1, 2008, gay couples in the state will be able to enter into “domestic partnerships.”


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Bill Seeks To Continue Health Insurance After Divorce

May 2nd, 2007

New Hampshire residents showed up to testify in favor of new legislation that would extend health insurance coverage to spouses whose coverage is threatened when their marriage ends.

Currently, spouses can purchase extended health care cove...

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Divorce Conflicts Often Harm Children

Apr 25th, 2007

In 2005, researchers published a paper in the Scientific American revealing that U.S. family law courts are overwhelmed by the number of divorcing couples battling over child custo...

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Military Divorce Rates Not On The Rise

Apr 16th, 2007

While the media continues to dole out news stories about military marriages falling apart as a result of repeated deployment of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan, a new st...

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Divorce ‘Depression’ May Be Normal Grief

Apr 9th, 2007

A new analysis found that the feelings people often experience after divorce, the loss of a job or the death of a loved one are often wrongly diagnosed as clinical depression.

According to the study, published in the Archives of General Psyc...

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Marriage Rates Among College Grads Rising

Apr 2nd, 2007

As divorce rates go up, so do marriage rates for the college-educated. And these college-educated spouses are less likely to get divorced.

“In a world where half the marriages end in divorce, people aren’t just marrying for the m...

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Minnesota Proposal Would Make Split Custody Default

Mar 26th, 2007

A bill moving through Legislature seeks to change child custody rights.  The bill would require Minnesota courts to assume the best living situation for the children of di...

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Senate Strikes Down Divorce Bill

Mar 19th, 2007

The Senate voted against a bill that sought to remove religious barriers that prevent Orthodox Jewish women from remarrying after getting divorced.

The law would have forced Orthodox Jewish men who are involved in a divorce to grant their wi...

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Proposed: Year-Long Cooling Off Period Before Divorce

Mar 12th, 2007

If passed, a new law will force divorcing couples with children in Tennessee to wait up to a full year before their divorces become final. Current law only requires a waiting period of 60 to 90 days for divorces over “irreconcilable differences.&...

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Former Judge: Out-of-Court Divorce More Favorable

Mar 5th, 2007

A retired Oakland judge Roderic Duncan says, “Going to court isn’t efficient. It’s way too costly, it takes too much time of everyone involved, and it creates stress and discord between people,” he said. “If it’s dis...

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Study: Parenting Style Dictates Kids’ Reaction to Divorce

Feb 27th, 2007

The likelihood of a child experiencing problems adjusting after his or her parents’ divorce depends on the parents’ parenting style, found a new study by Arizona State University and University of Washington psychologists. The study appears...

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Study: Fighting Style Related to Marriage Survival

Feb 12th, 2007

A study has found that it is not if, but rather how couples fight that determines whether couples will divorce.
A research team lead by Baylor University’s Dr. Keith Sanford, clinical psychologist and associate professor of neuro...

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New Legislation: Divorce Trial by Jury?

Feb 5th, 2007

Divorcing Illinois spouses may soon have the option of settling their divorce in a trial by jury if newly proposed legislation becomes law.

Divorce is the only legal proceeding where people do not have that choice, said the woman who proposed t...

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The Remarriage Phenomenon

Feb 1st, 2007

There are no statistics available on how many people marry their exes, and how many of those remarriages succeed for how long. Research does indicate however that about half of first marriages, and more than 60 percent of second marriages end in divorc...

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Studies Reveal Marriage Gap

Jan 31st, 2007

Recent studies have found that less educated women are less likely to get married than more educated women, and also more likely to get a divorce if they are married.

This emerging “marriage gap” between the educated and non-educ...

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N.J.’s Easier Divorce Bill Makes Progress

Jan 16th, 2007

The New Jersey State Assembly has passed a bill making it easier to divorce, which puts it one step away from becoming a law.

If passed into law, the bill will allow couples to file for a no-fault divorce on the grounds of “irreconcila...

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First Week after Holidays Sees Most Divorces

Jan 8th, 2007

A new study has found that more people will begin the divorce process on Monday, January 8 than any other day of the year. The study also showed that more divorce proceedings are begun in the week first full week after the holidays than any other week ...

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New Minnesota Child Support Law in Effect

Jan 2nd, 2007

A new law that changes how child support is calculated in Minnesota has come into effect for the new year.

From 1982 until January 1, 2007, Minnesota law...

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Civil Union Bill Passed in New Jersey

Dec 27th, 2006

Jin Corzine, New Jersey Governer, signed legislation legalizing civil unions between same-sex couples in New Jersey.

The measure comes as a response to the October directive from the New Jersey Supreme Court that commanded that equal rights be g...

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Helping Kids of Divorce Cope During the Holidays

Dec 18th, 2006

While divorce can be rough on kids anytime of the year, it is especially vexing during the holiday season. Children may feel lonely or worry that their parents feel lonely. They may feel frustrated or left out if they’re not spending Christmas wi...

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Texas: Two Marriage Bills Seek Approval

Dec 11th, 2006

Two Texas lawmakers have proposed bills that they say will protect traditional marriage if passed.

The first bill, proposed by Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, aims to lower the divorce rate by making covenant marriage available to Texans, as ...

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Expert Says Marriage Reduces Poverty

Dec 4th, 2006

Ron Haskins, a special adviser to President Bush on welfare policy, pushed for marriage, including same-sex marriage, as a way to help reduce poverty in a Hartford appearance this week.

Haskins said his research shows that marriage is the fac...

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Divorcing Couples Turning to Collaborative Divorce

Nov 27th, 2006

More and more couples seeking divorce are finding the relatively new process of collaborative divorce an appealing option.

Divorce attorney Pauline Tesler said that, “…attorneys have begun to collaborate with psychologists and f...

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6-Month Divorce Bill Making Progress in Senate

Nov 20th, 2006

New Jersey lawmakers approved legislation that would allow a couple to divorce for added reasons, and reduce the amount of time a couple must be separated before getting a divorce. This marks the second of four approvals required for the bill to become...

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Arizona’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Proposal Failed

Nov 13th, 2006

Arizona just became the first state where a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriages was rejected by voters.

However, seven more states have joined the 20 ...

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Child Custody Measure Brings Voters To Polls

Nov 9th, 2006

A hotly debated child custody initiative in North Dakota lured voters to the polls on Tuesday. The measure was aimed at getting both divorced parents jointly involved in raising their...

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Divorced Women Suffer Negative Health Effects

Nov 6th, 2006

Divorced women in rural areas are more prone to illness than married women, according to a study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University.

The study followed 416 rural women over the course of a decade to determine the effects of d...

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Florida Law Helps Paternity Fraud Victims

Oct 30th, 2006

A new Florida state law gives men the opportunity to challenge paternity judgments that result in child support. In cases where men are victims of “paternity fraud,&rdq...

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Legislative Proposals in Georgia May Change Child Custody Laws

Oct 23rd, 2006

A legislative committee is currently examining child custody laws in Georgia to determine whether joint custody is the best option in most divorce cases. The committee’s final proposal could change existing custody laws in the state.


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Prenups Gaining Popularity Among Baby Boomers

Oct 16th, 2006

A new survey reveals that prenuptial agreements are no longer for wealthy men wanting to protect their financial assets. According to the American Academy of Matrimon...

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Appeals Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

Oct 9th, 2006

A California appeals court upheld the state’s ban on gay marriage last week, ruling that only the Legislature can alter the traditional definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.

Gay marriage advocates plan to appeal the decis...

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Unexplored Legal Issues Arise Out of Same-Sex Divorce

Sep 29th, 2006

The only state that allows same-sex marriage is Massachusetts, but many other states that legally recognize same-sex unions are now requiring gay and lesbian couples to go through formal divo...

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Parenting Classes For Your Child’s Sake and Your Own

Sep 18th, 2006

Some states are now requiring couples who are going through a formal separation or divorce and who have children to take parenting classes.

It is no secret that divorce is ...

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Families Still Suffer As Divorce Rate Declines

Sep 11th, 2006
Since reaching a peak in the early 1980s, the divorce rate in America has been steadily declining, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite declining rates, divorce is still a stressful and emotionally difficult time for famili...

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Virtual Visitation Laws Passed to Ease Divorce

Aug 21st, 2006

To help ease the pain of divorce and help children stay in frequent contact with their non-custodial parent, several states have passed “virtual visitation” laws, which use various forms of technology to increase communication and supplemen...

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Co-Parenting Best for Children After Divorce

Aug 17th, 2006
Every year in the U.S., millions of children and adults are impacted by divorce. In many of these cases, the post-divorce conflict may progress over a number of years negatively affecting the children caught in the middle. New research has found that divo...

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Divorced Women at Greater Risk of Heart Disease

Aug 7th, 2006

New research, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, indicates that divorced women are 60 percent more likely to suffer heart disease than those who remain married.

The new findings are part of a large health and lifestyle survey ...

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Kids’ Corner Makes Joint Custody Child Exchange Safer

Jul 31st, 2006

Kids’ Corner, a new program set up by the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court Family Division, is a center where battling ex-spouses who have joint custody can exchange the childr...

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New Indiana Laws Target Child Relocation Issues

Jul 24th, 2006

Senate Bill 40 presents a new slew of child custody laws aimed at protecting non-custodial parents.

Under a new state measure that took effect at the beginning of this month, custodial or non-custodial parents who want to relocate&m...

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Illinois Tops Child Support Collections Programs

Jul 17th, 2006

Since 2001, child support collections has risen 56 percent in the United States and Illinois has been deemed the most improved program in the nation.

According to the n...

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Pets More Than Just Property in Divorce Cases

Jul 10th, 2006

Pets have taken center stage in many divorce cases and are sometimes caught in the middle of messy custody and visitation disputes between divorcing couples. However, in many states, pets are considered property and are treated as such by family law co...

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Pre-Marital Education May Lower Divorce Rate

Jun 26th, 2006

New research indicates that premarital education programs aimed at improving relationships may give newlyweds divorce protection.

The study, based on a random telephone survey of 3,344 adults in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, found ...

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Computer Game to Help Children of Divorce Cope

Jun 19th, 2006

The first research-based computer game that provides an interactive way for children of separated or divorce parents deal with their emotions is about to be launched in the U.S. The innovative game is also aimed at improving communication between child...

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Mediation Eases Messy Divorce

Jun 12th, 2006

Mediation can provide an alternative to messy divorce litigation and save divorcing couples a lot of money, time, and Read Full Article >

Unmarried Couples Should Protect Their Assets

Jun 6th, 2006

About 5.5 million people in the United States are unmarried cohabitating couples, representing a little more than 10 percent of all U.S. households. However, there is no asset protection in the event of a breakup for unmarried couples who purchase real...

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Rising Domestic Issues in Michigan Courts Prompt a Call to Action

May 22nd, 2006

Domestic issues like divorce, child custody, and child support are slowly consuming the legal system in Michigan. In 2005, about two-thirds of all new cases filed in Michigan’s circuit courts were family law cases—an increasing trend since ...

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Louisiana Extends Separation Period Before Divorce

May 17th, 2006

Under a new divorce bill passed by the House, divorcing couples in Louisiana who have children must separate for one year before a divorce is finalized.

The existing law requires that couples live apart for six months before they can divorce...

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Money Mangles Marriage

May 2nd, 2006

Research indicates that money problems are a primary source of tension between couples. In the worst cases, money problems provoke divorce and in many others, money puts a significant strain on the relationship. This story will take you through some ...

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Supreme Court to Hear Soldier’s Child Custody Case

May 1st, 2006

An active duty marine is taking his child custody case to Kansas’s Supreme Court, hoping to gain custody of his two-year-old son, whom he lost while away serving the country.

Last year, Levi Bradley’s marriage to his wife Amber e...

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Hurricane Complicates Family Law Cases

Apr 17th, 2006

For many families already torn asunder by separation or divorce, the impact of Hurricane Katrina has resulted in painful new struggles over issues such as child custody, child visitation rights, child and spousal support, and the division of property.&...

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California Divorce Privacy Bill Passed

Apr 5th, 2006

The Assembly Judiciary Committee in California approved a bill on Tuesday that will limit public access to court records and protect financial privacy of divorcing couples.

Senator Kevin Murray who proposed the bill has faced a lot of opposition ...

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New Ruling Allows Limited Attorney Services in Divorce and Civil Cases

Mar 29th, 2006

A recent New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling has amended its provisions to make it easier for people to afford legal assistance in divorce and civil court cases.

Attorneys no longer obliged to deal with civil cases from beginning to end und...

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Divorce Doesn’t Have to Doom Remarriage

Mar 27th, 2006

Some divorce experts say that divorced people must learn from their previous marital experiences in order to make remarriage work. They also say that seeking the help of a support group or counselor is another valuable approach to recovering from a div...

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Divorce Lawyers for Children

Mar 22nd, 2006

Legislation in Maryland is pending to restore judges’ power to appoint best-interest attorneys who will represent children caught in the middle of messy divorce battles between their parents.

The General Assembly will make a decision...

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Controversial NY Divorce Bill Proposes Shared Custody of Children

Mar 22nd, 2006

On Tuesday, the New York State Assembly Committee for Children and Families will vote on a new joint custody bill that’s causing a lot of controversy in the state.

The proposed legislation, if passed, would award divorced couples equal cust...

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Alimony and Taxes

Mar 13th, 2006

 When alimony is awarded in a divorce, both partners will feel the effects during tax season.  The person receiving alimony payments must report this as taxable income for the year they began to receive payments.  The person who is payin...

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Poor Parents to Get Lawyers in Child Support Cases

Mar 10th, 2006

This week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously that poor parents have a constitutional right to a court-appointed lawyer in cases where they face jail time for failing to pay child support.  In the past, these individuals could be sente...

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State Partners With Technology For Child Support

Mar 9th, 2006

Child support enforcement will now have assistance thanks to Tier Technologies Inc. The company will run an outsourced call center for child support enforcement.

The deal, worth $27 million, has been struck with the large technologies company and...

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No-Fault Divorce Meets Opposition

Mar 7th, 2006

Many people believe that with key support in legislation, New York is sure to follow the rest of the country in enacting a no-fault divorce.

Critics and opposing views, however, may be what is stopping this new law from happening.

Spokes ...

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Senator Introduces Bill to Keep Financial Records Private

Mar 1st, 2006

A new bill has been introduced by Senator Kevin Murray to allow divorcing spouses to keep financial records private.

In 2004, California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled that a law that allowed Ron Burkle, a billionaire, to seal record...

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Courts Still Unsure of Virtual Visitation

Mar 1st, 2006

Virtual visitation is a chance for families of divorce to take advantage of the technology available today. Through virtual visitation, a parent and child can have a connection and visit with each other via Internet.

Advocates of virtual visitat...

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Children Given Equal Access to Both Parents

Feb 23rd, 2006

Both the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire are working on enabling children of divorced parents equal access to both.

The shared-parenting legislation wants to mandate the presumption of joint custody. In Massachusetts, child custody laws...

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Possible Child Support Increase

Feb 22nd, 2006

Child support guidelines in Utah may undergo a revamp, pending Senate approval, in an attempt to bring child support payments up to date.

This update will be the first of Utah’s child support guidelines in 12 years.

Only divorces th...

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Technology Doubles Child Support Payments

Feb 14th, 2006

The Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division is more successful than ever before due to advances in technology. Child support payments have more than doubled with the help of Internet access. The latest Internet access ensures that court staff a...

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Proposal to Ease Up On New York’s Divorce Law

Feb 7th, 2006

Following a proposal by Chief Judge Judith Kaye on Monday, state Senator of New York, John DeFrancisco has offered his support for a change in the state of New York's strict divorce laws. New York to date is the only state in the U.S. without a form of...

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Ohio Mother Challenges No-Fault Divorce

Feb 6th, 2006

Mother of four, Marie MacFarlane, is challenging the civil divorce and custody decision made by Ohio civil courts. This precedent-setting appeal argues that her religious beliefs and free speech were used against her during divorce proceedings.


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New Child Support Law Passed

Feb 1st, 2006

Governor Taft of Ohio is anticipated to sign a bill that was passed in January by Ohio state legislature and is intended to target uninvolved parents by charging interest on child support payments.

The bill, designed to punish parents with accru...

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Indiana Man Charged with Bigamy

Jan 26th, 2006

A man in Anderson, Indiana has been released from jail on a $10,000 bond for charges of bigamy. Forty-one year old Jeremiah Thurman was turned in to authorities by his wife when she discovered that he had another spouse.

Prosecutor Rodney Cummin...

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Proposed Divorce Bill Causes Controversy

Jan 24th, 2006

Critics are skeptical about a new legislative bill in Georgia that would require parents with children to wait four months when making the decision of whether or not to divorce. The bill, which has been proposed by Senator Mitch Seabaugh (R), is based ...

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Staying Together for the Kids May Not be Best Option

Jan 19th, 2006

A new study in Canada is challenging the popular belief that children are always negatively affected by divorce.  The study, which concentrated on children of particularly dysfunctional families, showed that children, who are raised by parents suf...

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Divorce Planning to Alleviate Financial Stress

Jan 17th, 2006

Experts are warning married couples to make sure they are confident in their decision to divorce before beginning the long and arduous process.  While divorce is notorious for being an emotionally draining process, most people are surprised at jus...

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Protest Over Right to Custody in Domestic Abuse Cases

Jan 11th, 2006
Activists protested last week outside the New York state capitol on behalf of women who do not get fair treatment in the family law courts. The organization focuses its protest efforts on the injustices in the court system regarding the issue of domestic...

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Court Denies Attorney Fees in Pro Bono Divorce

Jan 4th, 2006

A North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to deny a woman compensation for attorney fees in the divorce case that was taken by her attorney for free. When Carrie Patronelli and her husband separated after four years of...

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Illinois Increases Child Support Collections

Jan 2nd, 2006

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich announced last week that child support collections increased by ten percent in the state of Illinois to just over one billion dollars in 2005.  These 2005 child support collections surpassed the national average b...

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Divorce Study Shows Long Term Emotional Effects

Dec 29th, 2005

Studies show that divorce may have more substantial, long-term, emotional effects that we realize.  Assistant Professor Richard E. Lucas of Michigan State University in Lansing, and research affiliate of the German Institute of Economic Research i...

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Abuse Concerns in Louisiana Child Custody Case

Dec 27th, 2005

Child abuse is a common allegation during heated custody disputes. If the allegations are true, should the guilty party be given the privileges of child custody and child visitation? This is a big question on the minds of many in Baton Rouge, Louisiana...

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First Same Sex Couple Weds in UK

Dec 20th, 2005

On Monday, the first same sex couple legally wed in the United Kingdom.  The ceremony, which took place in Belfast, Ireland, was highly celebrated and vehemently protested.  The couple, Shannon Sickels from New York and Grainne Close from Nor...

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Postnuptials gain popularity

Dec 19th, 2005

With a greater number of adults becoming more reluctant to get or stay married, the rise in prenuptial agreements comes as no surprise.  However, an unexpected trend is occurring: many married Americans without prenuptial agreements are beginning ...

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Holidays Spark Custody Fights

Dec 16th, 2005

The holiday season is one of the most contentious times for embattled ex-spouses. Even for the most traditional and cohesive families, the holidays can be a time of added emotional and financial strain. Add in a difficult ex-partner or a faulty custody...

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Partner Violence Ignored In Custody Hearings

Dec 14th, 2005

According to findings published by investigators at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, most courts are not aware of intimate partner violence as they consider child custody in divorce or separation proceedings. Most states require ...

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Institute for American Values divorce research criticized

Dec 6th, 2005

Elizabeth Marquardt is an affiliate scholar for the Institute for American Values in New York, which was the driving force behind the controversial movement pushing for marriage during last year's election. Now, in a new book and numerous opinion edito...

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Study claims an intact family is better than a split family

Nov 30th, 2005

Over the last 40 years, the divorce rate has skyrocketed, in part attributed to no-fault divorces and the larger group of marriageable people.  Many sociologists blame the boomer demographic for the attitude changes regarding marriage stemming fro...

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Social conservatives want to expand on same sex marriage ban

Nov 10th, 2005

Texas social conservatives want to expand their victory on a gay marriage ban and reduce the state's divorce rate and pass a nationwide amendment to prevent same sex unions.

Authored by Rep. Warren Chisum and endorsed by Texas voters by a ratio ...

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More women seeking prenuptial agreements

Oct 4th, 2005

Traditionally, men have always been more likely to seek a prenuptial agreement, but more women are becoming insistent upon the marriage agreements.

Experts think as women become an increasingly dominant force it will become more common for the wo...

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Protecting your business in a divorce

Sep 23rd, 2005

Considering the divorce rates in the United States, some experts advise couples planning on tying the knot to implement a prenuptial agreement.  In the past, only the wealthy would consider prenuptial agreements, but more couples are considering t...

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New law to expand mediation in New Hampshire divorce cases

Aug 3rd, 2005

Taking effect October 1, parents who file for divorce in New Hampshire can be ordered to seek mediation if they cannot agree on how to divide their children's time.

Advocates of the new law hope the mediation w...

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New Hampshire divorce bill aims to put children first

Jun 27th, 2005

A New Hampshire bill has been designed to address current aspects of divorce law in order to remind a splitting couple that the children's interests should come first.

HB 640 passed both houses of the Legislatu...

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Prenuptial agreements still awkward topic despite high divorce rates

May 31st, 2005

Considering divorce rates in the U.S., it is surprising to many divorce lawyers that such a small percent of couples entering marriage discuss the option of a prenuptial. Not just for people with a high net worth, some divorce experts believe more coup...

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Pennsylvania divorce laws revamped

May 7th, 2005

Pennsylvania's 25-year-old divorce laws have changed in three significant ways. The major changes went into effect this year and are sympathetic to the dependant spouse. Because the old divorce laws favored the breadwinner, the state Legislature and th...

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Tennessee lawmakers propose tougher divorce laws

Apr 15th, 2005

Two lawmakers in Tennessee have proposed a bill to allow spouses who have been cheated on, abused or abandoned to receive more than half of the marital assets rather than the typical 50 percent.

According to The Tenn...

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Divorce bill signed into law allowing pregnant Washington women to divorce

Apr 14th, 2005

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire signed a bill yesterday allowing pregnant women to divorce their husbands. The measure was prompted after a judge's strict interpretation of Washington's child support law.


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No-Fault Divorce Laws May Have Increase Women's Physical Well-Being

Jun 8th, 2004

Although divorce traditionally has had more negative financial effects for women than for men, a recent study conducted by Stanford business school indicates that women may experience life-preserving benefits from no-fault divorce laws. Professor John ...

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Friendly Divorce Proceedings Gain Popularity

May 24th, 2004

A new form of divorce, called “collaborative law” uses lawyers, psychiatrists and accountants working as a team to find a solution outside of the courts. First introduced into divorce law in Texas in 2001, collaborative law already shows pr...

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Michigan May Change Marriage and Divorce Laws

May 19th, 2004

The Michigan House of Representatives may soon vote on a proposal to modify state marriage and divorce laws.

Couples who wish to be married would have the option of taking a marriage course to speed the licensing ...

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Looser divorce laws have healthier results

Apr 2nd, 2004
In a time where half of all marriages will end up in divorce, some people believe the ability to so easily divorce may have caused the trend of failing marriages. According to evidence, this may not be true and looser divorce laws may instead be promoting...

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Divorce laws more scrutinized with upcoming elections

Feb 24th, 2004
The controversy over gay marriages has the possibility of becoming one of the defining presidential election topics. “Family values” are a highly scrutinized topic, with divorce rates being as high as they are and the debate over whether or no...

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Divorce laws over pets may be coming soon

Feb 24th, 2004
Increasing amount of divorce cases are introducing the question of what to do with the custody of pets. In the past, divorce cases settled pets like any other property and the mediator or judge would arbitrarily decide on which splitting spouse received i...

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Breakups of Long-Term Marriages on the Rise

Feb 23rd, 2004
Experts say there is no doubt that there is an increase in the number of breakups among couples who have been married for more than 25 years, although there are as yet no firm statistics. Ever-lengthening life expectancies mean that couples in their 60s ...

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Divorce Process May Become Less Painful

Feb 22nd, 2004
Originating in Minnesota, a divorce law will be available to Louisiana splitting couples as well that may reduce the level of animosity that can often accompany the divorce process. The divorce law will give couples the option of setting the terms of divo...

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Divorce laws focusing more on children

Feb 13th, 2004
There will be 1.5 million children part of a divorce every year in America. Just 69% of children live with married parents, a significant decline from 85% in 1970, as shown by the State of Our Unions 2003 statistics. The impact of divorce on children has ...

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Issues Regarding Child Custody

Child Custody Rights

Child custody rights may be shared by both parents or, primary child custody rights may be awarded to one parent or legal guardian. Since the 1970s the family court will award child custody rights contingent with the best interests of the child.

Custody for Fathers

Child custody for fathers following a divorce is one of the most important aspects of a dissolving marriage. Throughout history the legal presumptions about child custody for fathers has changed significantly. Before the twentieth century children were regarded as the property of their father. Under common law, child custody for fathers was commonly awarded, as children were considered a father's rightful property. A major shift occurred after this period in history, as family courts came to favor mothers in child custody cases. It was presumed that under normal circumstances, children did better when placed in the sole custody of their mothers.

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