Protecting Your Marriage from Money Problems

Woman with piggy bankMoney is one of the most popular points of contention for married couples. Studies show that the more frequently a couple fights over money, the more likely they are to divorce, especially if the money battles happen every day or every other day. There are a lot of things that couples fight about – the kids, the chores, the in-laws – but above all, the frequency of money disputes is the
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Hot New Divorce Trend: Burning the Dress

2e1ax default entry facebook divorceThe last few years have seen several social media-driven divorce trends. We’ve celebrated singlehood with divorce parties and we’ve shared divorce selfies on Twitter and Facebook. But a growing new trend may prove to be the hottest yet. Literally – we’re talking about lighting wedding dresses on fire. Trash the dress ceremonies are nothing new, and we’re sure this trend isn’t the first time someone came up with the idea to
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Balance is Important: Why Overnights Are So Important for Young Children

b2ap3 thumbnail Sad Parent with ChildWhen the courts come up with child custody arrangements, they determine the plan based on what is in the best interest of the children. Often, the courts will try to make sure that each parent has adequate overnight visits with the children. It may seem like a no-brainer that children should be able to spend time with both parents, but what arrangement is best? A new study suggests that splitting time
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Scottie Pippen and Larsa Pippen Not Divorcing After All?

b2ap3 thumbnail Happy Couple 2Retired NBA legend Scottie Pippen filed for divorce from wife Larsa Pippen of Real Housewives of Miami about three months ago. The two were married for 20 years before the announcement, which came a few days after Fort Lauderdale police responded to disturbances at their residence twice. What caused the split? Some sources suggested infidelity on one or both party’s parts was the cause. Some sources say Scottie’s open flirtation with
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How Do I Get My Name Off the House Deed during Divorce?

House being pulled by frayed ropeUnless you’re planning a birdnesting-type situation to raise the kids after divorce, most people don’t want to live in the same home as their ex-spouse. If both of your names are on the house deed, one of you will need to take your name off the deed. One way to do this is by having whichever ex-spouse is remaining in the home refinance the property, a common option for divorcees. However,
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What's Causing the Increase in Gray Divorce?

Senior couple on bench separatedThe winter weather isn’t the only thing that’s gray in the country – according to studies, divorce for people over 55 has been steadily increasing over the few decades. “Gray divorce,” as senior divorce is sometimes called, doubled among people aged 55 to 64 from 1990 to 2012. In that same time, the rate tripled for people 65 and older. What’s going on? Why are so many senior couples deciding to
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How Do I Hold My Ex-Spouse in Contempt of Court?

Judge with couple in courtSo, how does the contempt of court process work? It can take some time for the process to complete, typically between two to four months, and sometimes more. First, your attorney files the motion explaining the type and circumstances of contempt. This must be done in the same court and county where your divorce was filed. The motion must be signed and notarized. The courts will look it over, sign it
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First Steps! Baby Fiona, Born Premature, Is Making Hippo History


A baby’s first steps are always such a wonderful time for parents. Especially when a baby was born premature, those first steps are a huge sigh of relief after the uncertainty of a preemie’s early life. It’s true for humans, and it’s true for hippos – check out baby Fiona, taking her first steps! Adorable little water piglet!
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Enjoy Your Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and for those who are recently divorced this can be an unwelcome holiday that feels like it only serves as a reminder of your divorce. Divorce is already hard enough as it is without a holiday that seems to rub salt on the wound. It would be easy enough to decide you just want a night in with you, Ben & Jerry's but before you
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Cuba Gooding, Jr. Files for Divorce after 20 Years of Marriage

facebook divorceThe latest celebrity marriage casualty of 2017: Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sara Kapfer, former high school sweethearts who separated in 2014, 20 years after their marriage. Gooding finally responded to Kapfer’s 2014 separation documents with a formal divorce petition in mid-January. The two have three children, of which one is still a minor. Gooding has requested joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s 10-year-old daughter. Gooding has expressed a willingness
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Before You Make a Grab for Marital Assets, Consider This

House being pulled by frayed ropeMarital assets are always a major concern in divorce. Who gets the house? The car? That ugly Dalmatian statue in the foyer that neither one of you could ever get rid of? When dividing property, it can be tempting to try to take everything you can carry, but that’s not the smart approach. There are several long-term financial implications of divorce that you should consider before staking your claim on the
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Gavin Speaks Out - The Hardest Part of Divorce With Gwen Stefani

BLOG DM Why Does Child Support Exist PhotoThe notoriously private Gavin Rossdale, now coaching singers on “The Voice UK,” recently opened up about his feelings on his divorce from No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani. Rossdale said the divorce “was completely opposite to what I wanted,” expressing regret and saying that divorce is “one of the hardest, most painful things to go through.” The divorce was highly publicized. In August 2015, the couple split up after a long stint
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Need Some Uplifting News This Week? How About These Kitties and Their Bionic Legs?


Say hi to Pooh and Steven, two little balls of furry love looking for forever homes. The two were injured in accidents and lost their legs. But thanks to the power of modern medicine, they have received bionic legs and are now able to walk and balance like normal! Perhaps some new names are in order – the black and white one looks like a Mew-tenant Dan to me! Here’s a
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“Ain’t Your Business”- T.I. Not Willing to Talk About Divorce from Tiny

Upset Couple 2 20150917 193252 1Last week, we wrote about Brad and Angelina’s public statement that they would be continuing their divorce proceedings in private. It’s not uncommon for people in the public eye to shield themselves during a troubling time like divorce, and it looks like another celebrity is doing just that. T.I., the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta rapper, recently split from his wife of six years after what seemed to be a cordial and family-filled
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The 3 Big Concerns in Most Divorce Cases

BLOG DM Why are CFIs and PREs Important PHOTOJanuary often sees a spike in divorce filings for a variety of reasons. The holidays are over, a new year is beginning and people often take time to reevaluate their lives and priorities. Sometimes, this results in divorce. If you are one of these people, you probably have a lot of uncertainty about the future. You’re wondering what might go wrong during the divorce and how that will affect your life.
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Playing for Keeps: Dennis and Kimberly Quaid Dispute Over Support Payments

Woman with piggy bankDennis Quaid and Kimberly Quaid are playing for keeps in a dispute regarding child support and spousal support for Kimberly and the kids. Kimberly filed for divorce last June and never got a temporary spousal or child support order. Dennis has been paying spousal and child support voluntarily for Kimberly’s and their twins’ living expenses, but a dispute has arisen. Kimberly doesn’t think Dennis is paying enough. Dennis thinks he is
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Divorce Can Crash Your Credit – Prepare Yourself!

01225190Credit is highly important in our society. Our economy runs on credit, and with good credit you are much more likely to be able to get a mortgage loan, student loan, car loan and many other types of financial aid. But major life events can have a huge impact on your credit – and divorce is one of those. Here are just a few ways a divorce can crash your credit:
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I Have a Dream – a Few Of Our Favorite MLK, Jr. Quotes


TPMMLK“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are just
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Brad and Angelina Make First Joint Statement Since Divorce Announcement

BLOG DM Adoption In Colorado PHOTOAfter a rather quiet holiday with an amicable Christmas for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the couple has released their first joint statement regarding the status of their divorce. The estranged spouses have signed agreements to seal the records of their divorce to protect the privacy of their six children. Additionally, the two will be using a private judge throughout the course of the divorce. One month ago, Pitt took efforts
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Angelina Jolie Spends Holidays in Colorado with Kids as Custody Battle Continues

BLOG DM How Can Social Media Hurt My Custody Case PHOTO Amidst her custody battle with ex-husband Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has made a holiday visit to Colorado. She, along with her six kids, arrived shortly after Christmas and celebrated New Year’s Eve with some toy shopping. Pitt and Jolie’s custody battle has loomed large since November, when Jolie’s legal representatives claimed that a custody agreement had been reached allowing her to retain custody of all six children. Pitt’s camp argues that
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