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Divorce Archives

Women are statistically happier than men after a divorce

While previous studies have shown that women are more likely than men to initiate the divorce, a recent study has now found that women are also more likely to be more satisfied with their post-divorce lives. The study looked at 2,000 adults in the United States and surveyed them on how they felt about their lives after their divorces. The results were surprising.

Divorcing after decades of marriage

Issues like property divisions, child support, child custody and alimony are an integral part of the divorce process. However, how long the couple has been married can have a significant impact on how some of the issues are handled. Those divorcing after many years of marriage often have established extremely commingled finances and may not even know where to begin when it comes to dividing them.

Do civilians retain any benefits after a military divorce?

You have served your country as the spouse of a military service member. During that time, you have enjoyed the benefits of the military service. These include shopping on base, having TRICARE insurance and possibly living in base housing. You might be wondering what will change if you divorce your spouse. The answer depends on a rule known as the 20/20/20 rule.

Establishing a child support order

If you're seeking child support, one of the most common questions you may have is how long it will take to establish the child support order and for you to start getting payments. While this varies considerably depending on the details of your case, there are some general guidelines and factors to be aware of.

Study: Americans less accepting of divorce

The results of a study released this month by the National Center for Health Statistics show an interesting change in people's views about divorce. Even though divorce has become more common over the years, the acceptance of it has moved in the opposite direction.

Maryland lawmakers consider changing divorce requirements

Under Maryland law, for a couple to obtain an uncontested divorce, they must swear that they have lived apart for at least a year. This means that they may not have spent even one night under the same roof during that time, even if they slept in separate rooms.

When can you hold your ex in contempt of court?

Of course, everyone hopes that after their divorce is finalized, their ex-spouse will comply with the terms they've agreed upon. However, too often, that's not the case. Fortunately, there are legal steps that you can take if your ex isn't living up to the terms -- whether it involves child or spousal support, visitation or custody or any other matter spelled out in your documents. A divorce decree, after all, is a court order.

The key stages of divorce for people over 50

Many of our readers have heard that the number of people divorcing in their 50s and older is increasing. This phenomenon (somewhat unflatteringly named "gray divorce") is occurring even as divorce among all other age groups is decreasing. About 25 percent of all divorces in this country involve at least one spouse who is over 50.

Should you worry about hiring an attractive nanny?

Famous men cheating on their spouses with the nanny seems to have become almost cliche. Just this year, there have been reports that actor/director Ben Affleck and singer Gavin Rossdale's had extramarital relationships with their children's nannies that contributed to the break-up of their marriages to their famous wives (Jennifer Garner and Gwen Stefani). Then there are the cases of actors Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke who ended up marrying their children's nannies.