Study Shows that Military Personnel Marry at Younger Age

According to a Department of Defense study, nearly half of active duty military personnel get married before they are 25 and two of three are married before the age of 30. That's dramatically different from the general population, where the average age for a woman's first marriage is 27 and a man's first marriage is 29. Nearly 60 % of all active duty soldiers are married. Researchers found that … [Read more...]

Protecting Yourself from a Violent Spouse or Ex

The statistics are sobering, three women are killed every day somewhere in the United States by a current or former spouse. More than 1,500 women killed in 2011 by men they knew and almost five million subjected to physical violence every year. While it's far and away typically a woman who is the victim—85% of reported cases of domestic abuse are from women who have been hurt—statistics also show … [Read more...]

Study Indicates Dramatic Drop in Marriage Rate

A recent study shows the continuation and acceleration of a trend observers have noticed for approximately half a century—fewer and fewer Americans, at least those under the age of 30, are opting to get married. The data, gathered by Pew Research, indicates that among men and women under the age of 30, about one in five are now married. Just 50 years ago, that statistic was two and a half its … [Read more...]

Study Shows that March is “Divorce Month”

According to a study conducted by FindLaw.com, nearly half of all divorce complaints are filed in the first three months of the year, and the bulk of those are filed in March. The analysis showed a spike in traffic to divorce-related websites in January, with the peak in March. While many attorneys agree with the findings, they say that the specific reasons are not clear, but likely have to do … [Read more...]

Practical Tips for Recently Divorced Dads

Moving Forward—Practical Tips for Divorced DadsSo your marriage has ended and you're a dad with visitation of a small child. It can be easy to sink into depression, anxiety or shame. Here are some ways that you can keep your sanity, develop a good relationship with your children, and keep yourself moving in the right direction.Take the Opportunity to Improve Your Financial Situation If you … [Read more...]

How Can You Make Your Divorce Truly Collaborative?

Steps for Making Your Divorce Truly Collaborative The concept of "collaborative divorce" has gained a much wider acceptance over the last decade, as states across the country have sanctioned the alternative approach to marital dissolution. In a nutshell, collaborative divorce involves an agreement by the parties and their attorneys to resolve all differences without the intervention of the court. … [Read more...]

The Differences Between Military and Civilian Divorce

Military and Civilian Divorce—The Differences If you and/or your spouse are active duty service-members in the armed forces of the United States, there are specific issues you need to consider before and during a divorce proceeding:Where to file for divorce How custody and visitation will be affected, particularly if one party is at a permanent duty station across the country or around the … [Read more...]

Military Divorce: What Happens to Children, Pay and Pensions?

Dividing Children, Pay and Pensions in a Military Divorce In any type of divorce proceeding, the three principal concerns are:Custody and visitation Support Division of debt and property In a military divorce, it's essentially the same, but there are factors that make the process distinctly different from a civilian divorce. Custody and Visitation Custody and visitation can be a … [Read more...]

The Common Reasons People File for Divorce

No Big Surprise—The Top Ten Reasons People File for DivorceIn a recent study that looked at more than a thousand divorces, the top ten reasons people sought to end a marriage came as no surprise. Here they are:Number 10: Money problems Number 9: One of the parties was physically or emotionally abusive Number 8: They had stopped doing things together Number 7: One or both or the parties had … [Read more...]

Texas Child Support Factors

How Child Support is Calculated in TexasIn Texas, the court typically orders child support to be paid to the parent who has been granted primary physical custody, what is now known as managing conservatorship. The court may require periodic payments or lump-sum payments, or both. Texas state law identifies the factors to be considered when determining the need for and amount of child support. … [Read more...]

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The Keys to a Successful Stepparent Adoption in Texas

When you've been through a divorce with minor children and you've remarried, there can be a lot of benefits to having your new spouse legally adopt your children. It can allow your new spouse to obtain job-related benefits for your child and can allow your new spouse to make medical, educational and other

Interstate Visitation – Creating a Plan that Works

It's a fairly typical situation in 21st century America—in the aftermath of a divorce, one of the parties relocates to another state, either for a job, to be close to family or simply for a fresh start. If there are minor children involved, though, there can be limitations on moving, particularly for

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