Study Says Having Children Before Marriage Doesn’t Increase the Odds of a Divorce
For many years, it was assumed by most people that unwed parents who later married were more likely to end up divorced, compared with those who tied the knot before having children. Whether or not that ever was the case, it no longer applies, according to a new study to be published this week in […]
Same-Sex Marriage Questions Linger Despite Supreme Court Ruling in Windsor
Many folks assume that the question of the constitutionality of a state ban on same-sex marriages was settled when the United States Supreme Court decided the Windsor case last year. But a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last month cast some doubt on the issue. In a 2-1 ruling, the court (the […]
Planning the holidays with your children while going through a divorce
If you are in the midst of a divorce, the holidays can be an extremely difficult time – especially when there are children involved. Often there are unresolved issues concerning legal decision making (custody) and parenting time (visitation). These are often the areas that lead to the most disagreement when a marriage breaks up. With […]
Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down
In a major, but not surprising, victory for those in favor of permitting same-sex marriage, a federal judge has struck down both an Arizona statute and a 2008 state constitutional amendment, which purported to prohibit them. The ruling comes on the heels of a decision earlier this month by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals […]
The NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy – Has Anything Really Changed?
In the wake of the mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, the National Football League has ostensibly formulated a “new policy” regarding how it will respond to domestic violence among the players (and others) in the league. For those of you who may have missed it, the issue arose in February, when a […]
“Pregnant Man” Can Divorce in Arizona
The story starts out like a line from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! A pregnant man, trying to get his Hawaiian marriage dissolved in Arizona, was facing an uphill battle. The case has an interesting and rather unique history, and here’s how it developed. Thomas Beatie was a female at birth. We assume that at […]
Divorce and the Family Home – What Happens to the House?
During the course of the breakup of a marriage, there are plenty of issues that could result in disagreement between the parties. One of these is the division of assets. And for many people, the central focus of that issue is what to do with the family home. The reason why this particular aspect of […]
Who Gets Custody of the Children in Arizona?
Certainly a tough question in many cases. We’re speaking, of course, about who gets to see the kids and when, whose house they live in, who decides important questions that arise in the life of a child (medical, legal and others), and related issues. When we hear about these questions, it’s usually spoken of in […]
Dealing with the Emotional Strain of a Divorce
A divorce can be the most stressful situation you have ever gone through in your life. Even in the best of situations, the decision to end a marriage usually leads to an enormous upheaval. When you add the additional issues of child custody and finances to the breakup, the process can turn your entire life […]
Advice for Divorcing Women: A Crossroads Between Business and Emotions
Are you going through a divorce or contemplating one in the future? I believe that divorce is the most difficult experience a person will have in their life. This is especially true if you have children. When a couple say their vows, they plan to spend the rest of their lives together. With that plan […]