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Marriage & Divorce: Why and How Would you Change your Name

Every year, thousands of people change their names, both first and last, and middle. Its safe to say that the vast majority of these name changes are as a result of marriage—or divorce. Why File For a Name Change? –Name changes after marriage, divorce, annulment. As mentioned previously, marriage and divorce (and annulment) are the… Read more

How NOT to Ask for a Divorce

There really is no “right” way to tell your spouse that you want a divorce. No matter how it is done, your spouse will likely have strong reactions including shock, denial, sadness, and anger. While there may not be a “good” way to present the news of your decision to your spouse, there are definitely… Read more

Forced to Divorce… Using a Cattle Prod?

There are divorces that get ugly, and then there are divorces that get UGLY. Sometimes a spouse is unwilling to cooperate, and will slow down the entire divorce process. This may be done out of spite, as a form of passive aggressiveness, or simply because the partner does not want to get divorced. Recently in… Read more

Florida Parents Required to Take Parenting Course Prior to Divorce

Did you know that the state of Florida requires couples with minor children to complete a mandatory parenting class prior to finalizing a divorce? The Parent Education and Family Stabilization class is 4 hours long, and most judicial circuits, including the Orlando area, allow parents to complete the course either online or in person. The… Read more

Dating and the Divorced Single Parent

For the divorced parent, the decision to begin dating again is a tricky one. Not only do you have to determine if you are personally ready to get romantically involved with someone else, but children have a way of complicating matters. It can be extremely difficult for children to accept that one or both parents… Read more

The Rise of the #Divorceselfie

It seems a bit odd at first: “Our divorce was just finalized. Let’s take a selfie!” Perplexing as it may be, it’s a trend that is sweeping Instagram. Called an “uncoupled” selfie, partners are taking a smiling picture together in the courthouse where their divorce is completed, and adding the hashtag #divorceselfie. Some people are… Read more

Paternity Test Reveals Twins Have Different Dads

It is very rare, but it happens: it is possible for twins to have different fathers. Recently, for only the third time in the US, a judge ruled that a man was only legally required to pay child support for one twin. The other twin did not share his DNA and had been conceived by… Read more

Do You Suspect Your Ex-Spouse Is Treating Your Child Badly?

Divorce is a tough time for all parties involved. It can be a stressful and time consuming experience for the splitting couple. Couples have to figure out how to fairly divide possessions, money, and businesses, if applicable, while dealing with the emotional turmoil of losing their spouse. If there are children involved, the stakes are… Read more

Social Security and Divorce

Older Americans going through a divorce will be advised by their lawyer on how their Social Security benefits will be affected by their divorce.  However, those who divorced years ago may not have received this information, and as a result, may not be receiving all the benefits they deserve. Some retired individuals do not realize they… Read more

Having Children Prior to Marriage Does Not Increase Divorce Risk, Study Says

Societal norms and expectations have changed significantly in recent years, and these shifts have had an effect on divorce rates. While it used to be considered a no-no to live together and/or have children without getting married first, these things are now common in our society. There is less pressure on couples to get married,… Read more