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MONEY WOES WEAKEN MARRIAGES

Research has shown that low-income couples are less likely to marry and more likely to divorce than couples with more money. According to researchers at the University of California, money problems, drinking and drug use is the cause of this trend. However, researchers say that lower-income people value the institution of marriage as much as those with greater incomes. A study which was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, suggests that efforts to strengthen marriages of lower-income people need to focus on the problems faced by these people instead of just promoting the value of marriage. In the study, co-authors Thomas Trail...

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FEARS OF DIVORCE MAY BE KEEPING YOUNG COUPLES FROM MARRIAGE

In the United States today, the percentage of married adults has reached an all time low. Researchers form the University of Central Oklahoma and Cornell University conducted a study, which was published in the December 2011 issue of Family Relations, into the diminishing rate of marriage by interviewing 122 people in cohabitating relationships. By interviewing these people, the researchers found that 67 percent of these cohabitating couples had fears about the emotional, financial, social and legal consequences of divorce, and the worries of having to deal with the fallout of divorce , made them leery of marriage. The researchers found that middle-class couples had a...

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MAKING YOUR DIVORCE EASIER

Going through the divorce process is an emotional, stressful time in a person’s life, which is even made even more difficult when the divorce is a “bad” one. According to one counselor and mental health consultant, Diana Dodson, divorcing couples need to learn how to have a more amenable divorce, especially when there are children involved.Dr. Dodson states that it is difficult for divorcing couples to not have feelings of anger, getting even with the ex-spouse, blaming the spouse for the marriage problems, not accepting responsibility for the marriage break-up, denying problems exist, putting children in the middle, feeling like a failure or...

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HOW PARENTAL ALIENATION CAN AFFECT YOUR DIVORCE

For many families, the difficulties associated with divorce iron themselves out as everyone becomes accustomed to their new way of life. For others, ending their marriage is the beginning of their problems. Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is a harmful condition that can occur after divorce when one parent tries to alienate their child from the other. This is damaging to all members of a family, and should be avoided whenever possible. Parental Alienation Syndrome is caused by repeated attacks on another parent's character. This can occur intentionally, as one party frequently casts the other in a negative light or prevents them...

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MAINTAINING YOUR PRIVACY IN A HIGH ASSET DIVORCE

When working through a divorce, no one wants the details of their private lives revealed and in cases of high net worth, maintaining privacy can be especially challenging. Couples are often active members within their community and private details which surface during a divorce have the potential to irrevocably damage personal and business relationships. At the Law Office of Steven N. Cole, LLC, we understand the importance of maintaining confidentially and there are several steps which spouses can take in order to preserve as much of their privacy as possible. When concerns regarding confidentially are at the forefront of a divorce,...

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Children & Divorce – HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH DIVORCE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

While the holidays are a joyful and festive time for many, this time can be difficult for children who are dealing with the divorce of their parents. If you are currently in the process of divorce or have recently separated from your spouse, there are several things you can do to help your children cope with this change during the holiday season. 1. Plan Ahead for Holiday Gatherings When children have to divide their time between two households, the holiday season can become a bittersweet time. If you are making plans for any holiday get-togethers this year, make an effort to coordinate with your...

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SUPREME COURT RULING ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RIGHTS COULD BE LOSING FAVOR

When the United States Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriages would be legalized nationwide, an estimated 50 to 60% of Americans were in favor of the decision while only 40% were opposed. Despite the apparent majority supporting the ruling, it did not stop the opposition from voicing their concerns about potential violations to states’ and religious rights. It appears that what they have said has not fallen on deaf ears, as there may be a dramatic decrease in supporters, according to a recent survey conducted online by the Associated Press (seen here). The poll, which included 1,004 adult participants and lasted from July 9th to...

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PREGNANT MAN FILES FOR DIVORCE

Arizona does not allow same-sex marriage. What happens when a man who was born as a woman, but had a sex change, though he still has female reproductive organs, marries, moves to Arizona, and then decides he wants to divorce his wife? What happens is a judge questions whether the man’s marriage was legally valid in the first place.Thomas Beatie is the man in question. He is a transgender man who is now divorcing his wife Nancy.Beatie was born as a woman in Hawaii, had a sex change in 1998, but retained his female sex organs. He and his wife...

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