With the U.S. Census Bureau counting nearly 4 million divorced parents in this country, many parents are facing the challenges of negotiating holiday custody schedules, battles over presents, new significant others and simply the pain of being apart.
“A third of all divorce filings in 2011 contained the word “Facebook,” and more than 80 percent of U.S. divorce attorneys say social networking in divorce proceedings is on the rise.”
— Divorce Online and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, respectively.
If you have a will — and you should have one — you may have executed it after years of putting it off. You’ve paid your attorney a lot of money and given serious consideration to make the right choices and ensure that the will is air-tight. Finally your will is finished, and you can sleep soundly knowing that your heirs will receive the assets that you intend. Right?
Informing your children that you and your spouse are divorcing is not easy, nor should it be. But you can alleviate some of the pain and the pressure if you stick to a game plan based on simplicity, truth and emotional comfort.
Co-parenting with an ex-spouse has its challenges, not the least of which is communicating with someone you may have been completely unable to talk to, or let's face it, be in the same room with. However, your children deserve the best out of both of their parents, whether or not you can stand one another.
As divorce rates among adults over 50 continue to climb, many adult children of long-time married parents may have difficulty dealing with feelings of bewilderment and loss -- with few places to turn for advice and support.
In fact, adult children of divorced parents (ACODS) tend to be the forgotten ones because common wisdom tells us they won't be as impacted as much as children by parental divorce. However, ACODS may find themselves in plenty of tricky situations that younger children are spared, such as hearing about their parents' dating life.
Divorce is said to be one of the most profoundly painful experiences that a human being can survive. It's often tied to a profound fear that the pain will never end. It's been compared to the stages of death because the experience is often one of not only losing your marriage, but also, yourself. It reaches out and changes not only the couple, but also the children, family, friends, business associates, and overall community that make up the interwoven support system of the couple. As a marriage and family therapist and a divorce survivor, this article comes from firsthand personal and professional experience with divorce recovery.
One of the reasons landlords are reluctant to rent to tenants with pets is that in some circumstances, a landlord may be financially responsible for damage or injury caused by a tenant's dog. In other words, if the injured person sues the landlord, the landlord, as well as the dog's owner, may end up paying. Tenants must be prepared to deal with the landlord's fear of liability.
If you've faced a financial catastrophe, or just fallen behind on some bills, you're well aware that debt collectors are eager to collect those payments. But some collectors go over the line, threatening to have the person arrested, making improper bank withdrawals, intimidating people and making harassing phone calls.
If you are facing divorce, one of the most onerous tasks can be gathering financial documents and accurately accessing your financial situation. In many marriages, one person takes control of the finances. This can leave the other party "in the dark" about what the parties own and how much they owe. The only way for you, or your attorney, to be sure you are getting a fair deal is to educate yourself as to the status of your financial situation. The following are a few steps to help you begin.
On February 9, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick signed “An Act Relative to Harassment Prevention Orders.” The new law takes effect in 90 days and will fill an important gap in Massachusetts restraining order law. It promises to provide much needed protection for victims of stalking, abuse and sexual assault.
Internet divorce seems to be the latest phenomenon in our do-it-yourself society. It makes sense, these days more and more people meet and date on-line, why not get divorced that way too? The advantages seem obvious, but what about the disadvantages? Those, unfortunately, are not always so clear.
When you hire a contractor to do work on your home, he or she typically hires subcontractors to do some of the work, and purchases materials for the job. No one would dispute that a homeowner should pay for goods or services provided to improve their home. What most homeowners don’t know is that, even if you pay the contractor, if the subcontractors, workers or suppliers your contractor hires aren’t paid, they can file what is called a Mechanic's Lien on your home.
During a divorce, children’s parents must decide, or let the Court decide, where the children are going to live and how they will spend future holidays. What is often overlooked however, is the child’s relationship with the grandparents.
If you are like many small property owners, you've probably assumed that there was nothing to renting an apartment except finding a tenant and collecting the rent. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more to being a landlord and what you don’t know can hurt you.
Deciding on child custody can be the most difficult and painful part of a divorce. When parents are unable to work out custody arrangements between themselves the court must step in and make the decision for them. When the court has to make this decision, it bases its decision on what is in the child’s best interest, even if the parent’s don’t agree.
A restraining order or protective order is a legal order issued by a state court that requires one person to stop harming another. In Massachusetts, there are abuse prevention orders and harassment prevention orders.