Divorce is one of the most emotionally draining and complicated challenges that many will face, so it makes sense that some want to avoid it if possible. A viable alternative is separation. A separation can come in the form of an informal cooling off period where the couple lives apart, or it could be a more formal decision involving legal separation or a marital separation agreement.
Dogs and other pets have always had a cherished place in the family, but the role of our furry friends has grown to the point where they have full membership. This means that more couples who divorce are likely have a dispute over who gets possession of Fido or Fluffy. This is borne out by coverage in the media as well as data provided by legal professionals.
It is commonplace to talk about the stress involved in filing for divorce. However, it is also common to face a little sticker shock when couples find out that the divorce can cost just as much or more than the wedding. This is particularly the case for couples here in New York, who are second only to California in the average cost filing for divorce. According to a new study, New Yorkers pay on an average of $17,100 for divorce of couples without children and $25,600 for couples with children. The national average is $15,000.
Divorce and related issues like custody and dividing assets are still relatively new legal concepts for married same-sex couples. Nevertheless, attorney Keith Schulefand has been at the forefront of this issue here in Buffalo and across the region. Therefore, it is no surprise that attorney Schulefand was extensively quoted in a recent Bizjournals article.
Trained mediators usually help the sides find solutions in a collaborative manner as neutral third party. The two parties may engage in mediation on their own volition as part of a positive resolution of a no-fault divorce, or at the direction of the courts to resolve certain parts of the dispute before the court rules on other parts.
U.S. adults 50 and older now make up 25 percent of the total of divorces each year. Double the rate it was in the 1990s, the so-called phenomenon is attributed to a variety of factors. Each marriage and divorce is different, but there are common of issues specific to couples over 50 that should be considered.
Spousal maintenance (aka alimony) is less common these days with dual income families being the norm. Having a spouse who stops paying is nevertheless one problem that still occurs from time to time. A spouse can request a modification based on changing circumstances, such as declining health or a job switch. But both sides must agree if the arrangement is to be altered. In other words, one side can’t simply stop paying.
Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Generally, when we get involved with someone, we try to see the best assets they have to offer and the potential to improve in areas that are not as strong. However, some personality flaws are more than just shortcomings -- they may be signs of a genuine disorder. Such is the case with narcissistic personality disorder.
The recent death of Anthony Bourdain was a tragedy for his many fans. While many were aware that he had started dating Italian actress Asia Argeto, they didn’t realize that he was amicably separated to his second wife and mother of their daughter.
It’s commonplace for the adulterous behavior of elected officials, celebrities and public figures to grab headlines. While it doesn’t have the tawdry sizzle that it did even a few years ago when our governors got into trouble, adultery is still considered a crime here in New York. This is something to consider next time the adulterer admits to the deed but says something to the effect: I didn’t break the law.