Archive, February 2013.

According to the AARP Magazine, the story that a long-married couple splits because one of the partners—usually the man—has cheated is an old one. It’s not that long-married couples always split after one partner has been found to be unfaithful, sometimes the couple’s “marriage can withstand the infidelity.” Other times, of course, “the breach of trust is too deep.” Questions and accusations of infidelity can be tantalizing. Many high-profile couples that go through divorce have their infidelity splattered across newspaper headlines and trashy magazines for months after the …

The most important decision that parents who divorce have is what will happen to the children. It’s no secret that divorce affects kids, but to what extent hasn’t been—and likely won’t be—agreed upon. An ABC News report cites the two different perspectives of how much divorce affects children. One is that children are affected negatively socially and intellectually, and suffer long-reaching consequences because of their broken family. This is the conventional wisdom: that “children who may appear normal… have difficulty creating and maintaining intimate relationships.” Yet …

While marriage tends to reduce the alcohol intake of men, women seem to be the complete opposite, according to a study. The study found that married women appear to be heavier drinkers than single women, widows or divorcees. On the other hand, happily married men do not drink as much as their bachelor friends or divorced men. The researchers believe the reason is that women can reduce their husbands’ alcohol consumption whereas heavy drinking men pass their drinking habits to their wives. Married people generally do not drink as much as non-married people. Women also tend to drink less …

When a couple is going through a divorce, emotions have the tendency to run high. Some of the actions that are carried out from that point may border on being irrational. According to Boca News Now, experts state that there are a few things that you need to remember before making a bad decision that could adversely affect the outcome of your divorce. One of the first instincts that you may have when you are getting divorced is to look for some dirt. You may be compelled to find out if your suspicions of infidelity are true or to find some other incriminating information to use against them…

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The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Tea Party Republican and ex-U.S. representative Joe Walsh has filed a motion to terminate his current child support obligation of $2,134 per month. Despite the titling of his motion, however, Walsh and his attorney are insisting that they simply wish to modify Walsh’s support obligation rather than terminate it. According to Walsh, he can no longer afford his support obligation because he is no longer employed as a U.S. congressman, through no fault of his own. As a result, he is seeking to reduce his child support obligation for his youngest …

Divorce is never easy, and the steps immediately following the announcement of divorce often involve the most difficult part of a failed marriage. More strenuous, perhaps, than even the interminable arguments, broken hearts, and feelings of guilt or responsibility for “the end,” are the endless hours of litigation in a courthouse in which the person who once knew you best brings to light, in public, your worst. Divorce doesn’t have to be this way, according to the Huffington Post. Imagine, a recent report in the Post suggests, a car accident in which the at-fault party immediately …

According to a story printed by the Daily Illini, there have been some recent changes to the legislation governing child adoptions. This is a change that will make a difference for adopted people nationwide. The proponent, D-12, is one that allows people who were adopted under a closed adoption to have the choice to find out who their natural parents are once they turn 21 years old. The law now allows them to request a non-certified copy of their birth record that has the names of their natural parents. Before this important change, adoptees did not have access to the original birth …

Stress is a major motivator in own lives.  It is an emotion that helps you complete tasks and meet deadlines.  When there is too much stress that creates anxiety, anger or fear, it can result in negative effects.  Of the most stressful events in life, divorce is about the same as death of a loved one, becoming unemployed and marriage. Bringing more stress by being mean to your ex will only create more stress for yourself.  Keeping stress low will also benefit any children that you have by keeping the relationship between their parents happy.  There are also financial reasons to …

Jinshil and Christopher Duquet may lose the custody of their baby girl whom they adopted from South Korea, the Chicago Tribune reported on January 18. According to the parents, they were misled to believe that the adoption was legal. They argue that it would be against the child’s best interests to be returned back to South Korea. The 7-month-old girl has lived most of her life with the Duquets and their other daughter, Emilie, who was also adopted from South Korea. "She is just part of our family now," said Christopher Duquet, 55. "It's as if she was born to our family." On January 16, …
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