Monthly Archives: August 2012

Materialism Can Take a Toll on Marriage

Many marriage vows contain the words, “for richer or poorer.”  A new study by Brigham Young University and William Patterson University found that when both spouses’ emphasis is on the “for richer” part of their vows, there is a good possibility there will be trouble in the marriage. The two...

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Does Living Together Before Marriage Affect Marriage Stability?

In this country today, about fifty percent of marriages end in divorce.  There are those who question if it would be wiser if couples lived together to see if they were compatible and then married.  In the past, if a couple lived together before marrying, it was a sign that...

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Divorcing in Florida When Whereabouts of Spouse in Unknown

The end of a marriage is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life.  A divorce can lead to feelings of anger, guilt, grief, anxiety and other intense feelings.  In most divorces, couples, or their lawyers, will discuss and work out the terms of the divorce.  What happens,...

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Second Parent Adoption in Florida

When an unmarried parent adopts his or her partner’s biological or adoptive child without eliminating the parental rights of the biological parent, this is considered second parent adoption.  In Florida, second parent adoptions are treated the same as regular adoptions, which means there will be a home study, parental fitness...

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Top Ten Reasons for a Divorce

Married  couples divorce for many reasons, but their reasons usually fall into ten categories.  Although some of the issues in a marriage can be addressed if caught in time, there are those issues that may not be repairable. Infidelity is one of the most common reasons for divorce in this...

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When Does Child Support End in Florida?

How long does a parent pay child support in the state of Florida?  In general, most people think child support automatically ends when the child reaches the age of majority, which means turning eighteen years old.  However, this isn’t always true.   Before 2010, child support did not automatically end when...

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Painful Divorces Can Help or Hurt Careers

Divorce is a painful, emotional time in a person’s life.   When going through a divorce, the stress and emotional upheaval can cause some individuals’ performance to drop at work.  Added to that, some may also find their employer subpoenaed for information, their chances for a promotion disappearing, or their business...

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Beneficiary Designations of Other Spouse Voided Upon Divorce

When a couple gets married, each makes their various financial accounts payable to each other.  In fact, to designate someone else as the beneficiary on a life insurance or retirement account requires the signature of approval from a spouse.  Unfortunately, about half of the marriages in our country today end...

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Marital Education Programs Help Keep Couples Together

The odds for a newly married couple in the United States staying together is only about 50 percent.  Many of those couples who do stay together have unhappy marriages, which, according to researchers, is a risk factor for poorer mental and physical health and also is associated with an increased...

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Can Obesity Affect Child Custody?

There are many factors that are considered when determining the custody of a child during divorce proceedings.  To help a judge determine child custody, many states have added specific criteria when considering the best interests of the child.  Another criteria that is being added recently is whether and to what...

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