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  • 7 Common Reasons People Get Divorced
    There isn’t a state in the country anymore that actually requires you to have a very specific reason for filing for divorce. If you want your marriage to end, you can go ahead and file the paperwork on any grounds . But with hundreds of thousands of Americans divorcing each year, it begs the question, “Why?” Based on numerous studies, here’s a list of the 7 most common reasons for divorce , in no ...
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  • Want to Divorce? Why Not in January, the Divorce Month?
    According to several recent studies, it might be time to rename January to “Divorce Month” due to the noticeable jump in divorce filings and inquiries each year in that month. FindLaw and Westlaw worked together to study nationwide divorce rates between 2008 and 2011. The conclusion was a sudden rise of divorces in January, and a 50% increase in internet searches for phrases along the lines of “ ...
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  • The Divorce Rate in the U.S. Drops to Lowest Point in Decades
    While the overall divorce rate in the U.S has fluctuated over the last few decades, the past few years have seen a steady decline. New data from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) suggests that the divorce rate in the United States is at its lowest point since the 1970s. Researchers out of BGSU’s National Center for Family & Marriage Research have found that in 2015, an average of 16.9 out of ...
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  • How Much Will My Divorce Cost?
    It is not uncommon for people to spend thousands of dollars to plan a wedding and begin their marriages. The high price tag is easier to swallow since it is expected and for something they wanted to happen. But what about ending a marriage through divorce , something no couple really wants until it is absolutely necessary? Will the price of divorce be just as high? In Divorce, Time is Money To ask ...
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  • Tips for Handling Child Custody during the Holidays
    Between making last minute arrangements and organizing family gatherings, the holiday season can be stressful on its own. For divorced parents, it can be an especially rough time. It is often difficult for children and parents alike to adjust to splitting a holiday and when celebrations conflict with normally scheduled custody arrangements, disputes can quickly arise. However, no matter how you ...
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  • Common Ways Spouses Hide Assets During Divorce
    Aside from child custody , asset division is arguably the most contentious issue couples face during divorce . Unfortunately, some spouses attempt to gain the upper hand in this issue by hiding assets before or during a divorce to avoid sharing them with their soon-to-be ex-spouse. Hiding assets during divorce is sly, unethical, and downright illegal – but it happens far more frequently that many ...
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  • 400+ Million FriendFinder Networks Accounts Exposed by Hackers
    FriendFinder Networks owns and operates a number of “adult-oriented” websites that are popular around the world. In order to access these websites, users must provide personal and identifying information in an account. Hackers claim to have recently broken into FriendFinder Network’s data sources and exposed more than 412 million user accounts, and the implications of what this could mean are only ...
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  • Guarding Your Business Assets During a Divorce
    While divorce is never easy, your separation can become that much more complicated if your marital property and business assets overlap. Since many people devote their lives to seeing their business grow and flourish, learning that its control or even existence may be compromised as a result of your separation from your spouse can be a crushing blow. Fortunately, regardless of whether your ...
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  • Four Common Divorce Myths
    When a marriage comes to an end, spouses often look to friends and family for advice. However, a divorce can be highly situational and the average person may not have a detailed understanding of the legal process. What may have been correct in one case may not apply to all divorces. For example, laws are always subject to change and regulations often vary from state to state. Many divorce myths ...
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  • Five Biggest Divorce Mistakes to Avoid
    During a divorce , spouses will undertake the tremendously complex task of dividing a shared life. Couples must make decisions on issues ranging from child custody to the distribution of marital assets. With so much on the line, emotions such as anger, frustration, and confusion can make it difficult to know what you are supposed to do. In the heat of the moment, it can be easy to say or do ...
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  • Biggest Celeb Divorce of 2016: The End of Brangelina
    Were you surprised to hear that one of the crowd favorite Hollywood power couples, “Brangelina” (an amalgamation of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), was divorcing ? Allegedly, so was Brad Pitt when Angelina sprung the paperwork on him just a day before she headed to the courthouse to make it official. The grounds for her divorce was simply “irreconcilable differences”, or no-fault in other terms. ...
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  • Divorce Rates Peak during March and August
    New research coming out of the University of Washington has discovered that divorce rates within the state increase dramatically during the months of March and August. While conducting the study, researchers looked at divorce records going back 15 years, beginning in 2001. The paper is among the first to look at divorce records in this light and makes several predictions as to why divorce rates ...
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  • Contested Divorce Timeline in New York
    New York State defines any divorce to be contested if you and your spouse disagree on at least one aspect of divorce at the time of filing. While a contested divorce, by definition, can be more complicated than an uncontested one, it is nothing to fear so long as you work with a divorce lawyer and know the general rundown of the procedures ahead of time. Steps to a Contested Divorce in New York In ...
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  • How Soon To Date After Divorce?
    Many people who have finalized their divorce have one question on their mind: “When can I start dating again?” It is understandable to want to start a new relationship and find companionship again. But rushing into the dating scene too soon can have its pitfalls, both emotionally and legally. Balancing the Most Delicate of Scales The whole concept of divorce is centered on improving your own life ...
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  • Social Media & Divorce: What to Do & Avoid
    Most of us use social media to share exciting life experiences and vent our frustrations. Depending on what is going on in your life, social media could actually be used to hurt you, especially if you are going through a family law dispute or divorce . Just as how you are warned that everything you say and do can be used against you in a court of law after being arrested, you need to be aware that ...
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  • Jewish Orthodox Marriages Face Prenuptial Agreement Controversies
    A prenuptial agreement can be used by couples who are preparing to enter into marriage to set some ground rules upfront about what must be done in the event that their marriage was not meant to be forever. This is growing in popularity across the country, even here in New York, as people start to recognize it not as a sign that their spouse lacks faith in the marriage’s chances but rather that ...
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  • Life After Divorce Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
    Society, the media, and entertainment has painted a pretty clear picture about divorce . Everywhere you look, you hear frightful stories of bad memories and generally bad times both during and after. The message is so consistently clear that it might be hard to believe that it’s consistently wrong. Divorce doesn’t have to be debilitating, frustrating, and damaging. You can take this time apart ...
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  • 6 Reasons Why You Should Not Represent Yourself in Your Divorce
    We, as attorneys, are often asked “Do I really need to hire a divorce attorney or should I try to represent myself?” The operative word in this question is try. While anyone can try to represent himself or herself in their legal matter, it is ill-advised. Below are the top reasons why you should not represent yourself in court: By Human Nature, You Are Emotionally Invested in Your Own Case Family ...
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  • Pope Francis to Weigh In On Divorce in the Catholic Church
    Devout Catholics have been divided over how the faith addresses divorce and remarriage for decades, at least. On one side of the issue, many believe that original doctrines must be deliberately followed, which is to say that after a divorce, there should be no remarriage and can be no Communion for the divorced. On the other, they see that times are changing and believe that divorce should not ...
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  • Family Court in NY: On the Mend But Still Needs Work
    Family disputes can be extremely emotional and complex matters, especially when child custody or paternity is concerned. When parents in New York are faced with a dispute that requires legal attention, many of them turn to the Family Court system for justice. Unfortunately, many families are forced to wait months if not years to have their cases heard due to the woeful inefficiencies of the ...
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  • Divorce in New York and Debt: What Happens to It?
    When you are married in New York State, everything that you and your spouse buy, collect, and acquire becomes marital property, unless you have some sort of prenuptial agreement that says otherwise. From your family car to even your family business, all of it becomes communal, and all of it needs to be split up fairly using equitable distribution should you get a divorce . To make it clear, ...
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  • Documents You Should Prepare for Divorce
    Preparation and thoroughness is the key to success in all facets of life, and divorce is not an exception. As you and your spouse get into the thick of your divorce proceedings, there are sure to be a slew of arguments or disagreements. The more official paperwork you have on-hand, the easier it can be to keep track of what is important and prove your point to any presiding officials. Documents ...
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  • What are the Grounds for Annulment in New York?
    While a majority of people have heard the term “ annulment ,” many people erroneously assume that it is just another word for divorce . While both an annulment and a divorce are methods of ending a couple’s marriage, an annulment takes this a step further by declaring that the marriage never existed in the first place. Unlike divorce, an annulment cannot be pursued for reasons of irreconcilable ...
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  • Modifying or Nullifying Prenups After Marriage in NY
    One of the most commonly asked questions regarding prenuptial agreements is whether or not they can be changed after a couple has married. The answer is yes, a couple can modify or even nullify the terms of their prenup if they so choose. If certain aspects of a prenup are changed, any untouched conditions within the existing terms will continue to be effective as if nothing happened. For an ...
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  • Considering Separation Over Divorce
    Divorces can seem so final because, for the most part, they are. It can be troublesome to stop a divorce once it starts and even more challenging to undo its effects once it finalizes. If you are certain that you need some time away from your spouse to settle your thoughts but are not certain you want to do so indefinitely, there is another way that is not necessarily as permanent as a divorce. ...
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