Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dealing with Divorce from the Blindside

Wives now initiate two-thirds of all divorces, but many husbands are unaware that their marriages are in trouble until the news of the divorce hits them from the blindside. Some 26 percent of the husbands say they had no idea … Continue reading

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The Successful Blended Family

In a stepfamily, previously married spouses decide to make a life together in a new, blended family that includes children from one or both previous relationships.  Step parenting is both rewarding and challenging, but a blended family requires time to … Continue reading

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How Courts Determine Alimony

In many jurisdictions judges enjoy a wide degree of latitude in deciding questions about alimony, its amount and duration. Courts consider a variety of factors in assigning alimony. As a rule, the first consideration is the ability of a spouse … Continue reading

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Equitable Distribution, Community Property and Personal Debt

In the United States in a divorce, courts use one of two regimes in the distribution of property and division of debt – community property and equitable distribution. In community property states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, … Continue reading

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Retirement Plans Made Clear

A retirement plan, such as an IRA, 410(k), pension, annuity, or Social Security, is a financial account or agreement that provides monetary benefits after a person retires or reaches a certain age. Retirement plans fall into a few categories, including … Continue reading

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When PAS Happens by Accident

In the long run, most children survive their parent’s split, but what can be very damaging is Parental Alienation Syndrome or PAS, which parents sometimes inflict on their children unintentionally. PAS happens when one parent poisons a kid’s relationship with … Continue reading

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No Custody for Fido

Courts generally consider family pets as property, not children who merit custody or visitation orders. Identifying the best interests of a pet in a property division case ensures that it is properly cared for after a divorce is finalized. Divorcing … Continue reading

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Rebounding After Divorce – It’s about Time

After the end of marriage, a person usually feels ready to start dating again. Some people worry about jumping into a rebound relationship, but are not sure how to avoid it or even what to look for. A good rule … Continue reading

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Facts and Statistics About Infidelity

Given the secretive nature of infidelity, exact figures about cheating and extra-marital affairs are nearly impossible to establish, but listed below are some of the most well supported facts about cheating. Some 30 to 60 percent of all married individuals … Continue reading

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The Parental Divorce Reduction Act

The Parental Divorce Reduction Act is a new proposal to reduce unnecessary divorce, and it set forth by the Coalition for Divorce Reform. A broad consensus of studies finds that divorce has serious negative lifelong psychological consequences for children, and … Continue reading

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