5 Top Myths about Litigation

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I often run into a client or potential client who seems unreasonably confident about the outcome of his or her divorce case.  The reason usually is that they have heard and believed some common myths about how the divorce litigation system works.  At the risk of damaging some happy feelings, I find it’s necessary to expose some of the worst …

What If You Don’t Really Want a Divorce?

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Just like it takes two to tango, it takes two to have a marriage.  If one person wants out of a marriage, the other one can’t really prevent a divorce.  Both parties have to be committed to keep a marriage together.  It often happens that one spouse decides to seek a divorce before the other spouse is even aware of …

Five Common Sense Rules for Divorce

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Daniel Clement writes an excellent blog, the New York Divorce Report, where he had some good lessons for anyone going through a divorce in a post on October 26, 2010. Because it was so well-written, I have reproduced it below: “Contemplating divorce or already engaged in one? No matter where you are in the process, five common sense rules apply …

What are Your Options to Resolve Family Law Cases?

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When suddenly (or even gradually) faced with the prospect of a divorce or other major family change, many people begin to wonder what their options are. It is a very common question I hear from prospective clients. Very simply, there is a range of methods that can be employed to resolve family law matters. Kitchen Table. In some cases, spouses …

Is the Economy Affecting Divorces?

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One of my favorite blogs is James J. Gross’s Maryland Divorce Legal Crier. James can make a point very succinctly and his posts are usually both entertaining and enlightening. His post today certainly fits that description. I have heard the question over and over about whether the economic downturn/recession/or worse has an effect on divorces. Here is his response.“’Are divorces …

I Want an Uncontested Divorce

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I often have prospective clients call and say that they want an uncontested divorce. Most of the time, that means that both husband and wife have agreed that they want to get divorced. When we ask a few other questions about some of the basics of a divorce (custody, child support, who gets the house, how to divide the retirement …

How to Minimize Frustration in a Divorce

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Divorce can be a very frustrating experience. Everyone has expectations about the process and has desires about the outcome. The parties to a divorce often feel isolated and feel like they have no control over what’s happening. Well-meaning family and friends often get involved and do what they can to support the husband or wife. Unfortunately, some of their efforts …

How to Break the News to Your Spouse

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Divorces usually begin one of three ways. Either your spouse tells you that he or she wants to get a divorce, or you tell your spouse you want to get a divorce, or the decision to divorce is mutual after both of you have discussed it over a period of time. Many people have difficulty when they are the one …

The 12 Days of Christmas Divorce

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On Christmas Eve, James J. Gross, of the Maryland Divorce Legal Crier, had a very appropriate post for the season and I am reproducing it with thanks.“The Twelve Days of Christmas Divorce On the twelfth day of Christmas,My true love sent to meTwelve demands for relief,Eleven prayers for property,Ten thousand for alimony,Nine hundred for child support,Eight pages of interrogatories,Seven requests …

When the 7-Year Itch Comes Early

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A recent study has shown that couples are at their greatest risk of divorce shortly before their fifth anniversary, instead of the seven-year mark traditionally assumed, according to a recent story in the Houston Chronicle. The study was conducted using records from the United States, Germany and Scandinavian countries. Interestingly, the statistics seem to indicate that marriages that last at …