Monthly Archives: June 2013

Choosing Collaborative Divorce: A More Gentle Climb

Collaborative divorce is a form of alternative divorce resolution that makes the steep climb of any divorce at little more gentle, but divorcing spouses should remember than lawyers are still involved. Collaborative law, unlike mediation and arbitration, requires trained legal … Continue reading

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Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA)

A military couple who are divorcing must make themselves familiar with the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act  (USFSPA), which the state courts apply when the service couple divorce. The USFSPA does not automatically give the nonmilitary spouse any of … Continue reading

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Opposing Mediation: State the Reasons

Courts in some jurisdictions require divorcing spouses to mediate their divorce before they turn to litigation, but mediation does not work for every parting couple. Like collaborative divorce, mediation depends on the good faith of both partners. Mediation cannot work … Continue reading

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Alcoholism and Infidelity: Two Marriage Wreckers

Alcoholism and infidelity go hand-in-hand in wrecking marriages. For an alcoholic, alcohol is a deadly substance that ruins many relationships and marriages. When sober and not drinking, the alcoholic promises fidelity to his or her partner and swears to never drink … Continue reading

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Servicemembers Civil Relief ACT (SCRA) Protections in Divorce

Servicemembers Civil Relief ACT (SCRA) protects active duty military personnel from being sued while on active military service and for up to a year after active duty. In divorce actions, this means that a service member (a solider, sailor, airman, … Continue reading

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Mediation Versus Arbitration

In the realm of alternative divorce resolution (ADR), mediation and arbitration very often become confused in the minds of divorcing spouses. They are horses of two very different colors. Both mediation and arbitration require that the case be presented to … Continue reading

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Three Roads to the Same Place

Divorcing spouses who wish to spare each other the pain and suffering and cost of litigation increasingly turn to one of three routes to ending a marriage. These approaches together are lumped in the category called alternative dispute resolution. Collaborative … Continue reading

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) May Enter Infidelity in Divorce

A divorcing spouse may sue his or her partner for transmission of a sexual disease. As more and more people catch and then transmit sexual diseases, more and more victims, both spouses and unmarried partners, litigate on grounds of cruelty, … Continue reading

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Infidelity and Divorce: Does Cheating Matter?

For many couples infidelity is a milepost on the road to divorce because it shatters the trust essential to marriage. Some 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women become unfaithful at some point during their married lives. Infidelity … Continue reading

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Dogs and Cats are Property, Not Children

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association claims Americans own some 43.5 million dogs and 90.5 million cats. Everyone knows  that these animal companions become very special in the hearts of their owners, so that when a marriage ends in divorce, … Continue reading

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