Divorce mediation has been making some waves recently as a viable alternative to traditional divorce proceedings. A variety of studies show that mediation can save clients significant sums, that it is faster, and easier on the family emotionally and spiritually. A recent article published online compiled these findings.
Don McLean, the singer songwriter famous for the song 'American Pie', and his wife after 30 years have finalized their divorce. The divorce comes on the heels of a very rocky past few years. McLean was arrested for allegedly being involved in domestic violence with his former spouse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.