While most people likely have much more romantic definitions of marriage, at its core, marriage is the legal union of two individuals. When two people decide to marry, they essentially enter into a binding legal contract the terms of which, surprisingly, many married individuals aren't fully aware of until they begin to contemplate filing for divorce.
An individual who is planning to divorce is likely to experience a wide-range of feelings and emotions—some of which may, at times, be conflicting. While thoughts and feelings about certain divorce-related matters may change and evolve, concerns about one's financial status are likely to be constant.
Fifty or more years ago, couples who were unable to conceive on their own naturally had few options. In most cases, when a husband or wife was diagnosed as having a fertility problem, the couple could either chose to adopt or simply resign to the fact that they weren't meant to be parents. Today, couples who experience fertility issues have a myriad of options.
In some cases, the decision to file for divorce is one reached after months or even years of arguing and unhappiness. In other cases, a divorce filing may seem abrupt and be in reaction to the discovery of an affair or of a spouse's problems with substance abuse. Whatever the case may be, once an individual has made the decision to end a marriage and file for divorce, he or she may struggle with how to break the news to relatives and friends.
Love has been called the universal language. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or political ideology; everyone needs love and longs to find someone to both love and love them back. Of course, there are varying ideas of what it means to love and be loved and it's these differences that often prevent individuals from both finding and staying together with a significant other.
In our last blog post, we began discussing the important role that social media is increasingly playing in both contributing to divorce and during divorce proceedings. In this post, we'll examine how evidence mined from a soon-to-be ex-spouse's social media account may be useful when negotiating divorce and custody matters.
Within the last decade, the world of social media has exploded as people of all ages increasingly turn to the Internet to connect and communicate with others. As evidence of social media's far reach, the Pew Research Center estimates that, today, 71 percent of U.S. adults use Facebook, 26 percent use Instagram and 23 percent, Twitter.
It can be frightening to entertain the question of whether or not it is time for you to file for divorce. It may comfort you to know that studies support the reality that even spouses within marriages which withstand the tests of time tend to contemplate divorce now and then. In addition, it is important to note that numerous recent studies also support the idea that most spouses who end up filing for divorce tend to contemplate doing so for many months before actually doing so.
If you are contemplating divorce or if you have already filed for divorce, you are likely concerned about how the process of transitioning from a dual household to a single household will affect your life. One of the primary issues you may have concerns about is finances. No matter how your marital finances are arranged, there tends to be numerous financial challenges associated with splitting a household in two.
In our last post, we began a discussion about a specific kind of attorney misconduct. We observed that attorneys do not often consciously take advantage of their clients. Not only do attorneys have a legal obligation to avoid numerous kinds of misconduct, it is simply unethical to take advantage of one’s clients. Nevertheless, some attorneys do unconsciously take advantage of their clients. It is therefore important for individuals in need of an attorney’s aid to recognize the signs of unintentional manipulation.