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Some tips to find the right divorce mediator

Some couples opt for mediated divorces instead of traditional litigation. It is often cheaper and allows you to maintain a healthy relationship with your ex-partner throughout the process. If you have children, it can be very helpful to keep you and your ex-partner on the same page. But how do you know if you have picked the right mediator? Divorce mediation depends as much on you and your ex-partner as it does on the mediator. Someone who is too aggressive or conciliatory could undermine the entire process. Here are a few tips to help guide you toward the right mediator for you.

Divorce rate declined over past two decades

It is a commonly cited statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce. While still, mostly true, this over-simplifies the situation. While the overall divorce rate is significantly higher than it was a century ago. A study by the Pew Research Center found that the rate of divorce has been on a steady decline over the past 20 or so years. In fact, the current rate is 3.5 divorces per 1,000 people, down from 4 divorces per 1,000 people in 2000.

Small actions can result in divorce

A lot of marriages may end in a final blaze of glory worthy of a Hollywood rom-com but most do not. Most marriages fall apart due to the slow accumulation of taking your partner for granted, acting contemptuously or losing interest. Unfortunately, the only way to stave this off is by taking each day in stride – there are no magical fixes.

The ever-changing definition of alimony

Family law is a constantly evolving area of law. Child support guidelines are tweaked. Custody or parenting time and allocation of duties is changed. Alimony guidelines and definitions evolve with the times. Alimony is one of those legal subjects steeped in ancient law but remains relevant today. Judges continue to struggle to rectify the origins of alimony with the realities of modern life. This article will go over those changes and how they impact the interpretation of alimony today.

Some tips on how to argue with your spouse from the "experts"

Everyone wants to imagine that their life and their problems are uniquely their own. However, this is not true. Social scientists, including many so-called "marriage experts," do hit on some common trends that can help many couples. As you are probably aware, most marriage problems arise due to communication breakdowns. This article will go over some tips on how to avoid this breakdown.

25 percent of over 50 marriages end in divorce

The largest generation of Americans, the Baby Boomers, are retiring and divorcing at unprecedented rates. A study by the Bowling Green University found that 25 percent of American couples over the age of 50 are divorcing. It also found that the divorce rate, since 1990, has doubled. This reflects the steady and growing trend among older couples of greater independence from their families and partners.  In fact, these divorces are so becoming so common that they earned their own moniker "gray divorce." This article will go over the legal and financial impact that divorce this late in life can have on a couple.

Why do people get divorced?

Everyone is probably familiar with the "50 percent of all marriages end in divorce" statement. But, what does that mean? Does it mean that if you get married you have a one-in-two chance of getting a divorce? Or are the numbers more nuanced? The Utah State University published information that delved into the reasons people get divorced. This article will go over some of those reasons.

Internet companies try to streamline divorce

A variety of internet companies are offering applications and services to allow people to “affordably” file for divorce. Affordable is a relative term because most of these companies still charge several thousand dollars to prepare your divorce documents. This article will discuss how these programs improperly file your divorce papers and the consequences that you face.

Divorce for military service members

Everything about the military is about parallel systems. Soldiers have both their duty and their family. They answer to both federal and state legal systems. This applies to both military tribunals and state court systems. A service member can face trial in under both the Uniform Code and applicable federal and state statutes. This all adds up to a complicated quasi-relationship with the law that involves everything from divorce to child support. These overlapping laws create confusion among service members who may not realize which legal system they are dealing with. This article will discuss these overlapping laws and how they affect the military. 

Who owns what in a community property state?

As every Texan is probably aware, Texas is a community property state. So this begs the question, "what does this mean?" Does it mean that everything you acquire during the marriage is jointly owned, no matter what? Are there exceptions or exclusions? How do you divide assets in a community property state?

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