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Report details 25 cities where divorce has increased since 1970

A report was recently released regarding the 25 cities in the United States where divorce has been on the rise since 1970. Many populated areas grace the list, as well as a few cities you wouldn't expect. What's maybe the most interesting part of this report, though, is that even though Nevada had the highest amount of its population reporting as "divorced" (13.5 percent), we still didn't have a city that made the top 25 list for greatest divorce increase from 1970 to 2010.

What happens during the process of a divorce?

When a couple decides to file for divorce, they begin a legal process that is often confusing and complicated. However, there are specific steps that are taken during the divorce that allow the couple to formally end their marriage. Sometimes this process can take a long time; other times this can be a quick process. But in any case, there is a timeline that is followed. Let's examine it, shall we?

Using child support: what can payments cover?

Child support, much like child custody, is a very tricky issue when it comes to divorce. The spouses will go into it likely not knowing what to expect, and the details in a child support agreement are crucial. How long will the payments last? How much will each payment be? Who will determine the child support and what will the ultimate agreement look like?

Military divorce: what you need to consider

Divorce can be a very difficult process for any family. But consider, for a moment, if you were in the military, or if your spouse was in the military. Going through a divorce under these circumstances can be very trying for the family, and there are many issues and topics that need to be considered that families who are not in the military don’t have to worry about.

Why an attorney is important when filing for divorce

Let's say that you and your spouse decide it is time to legally separate or divorce. When this decision is made, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all of the issues you need to consider. Separation and divorce are obviously two very important matters that the spouses need to carefully consider in order to ensure the legal process goes as smoothly as possible.

If you get a divorce, what happens to your pet?

There are many married couples out there that simply don't want children. There's nothing wrong with that -- it's their choice. Some of these couples may then choose to have a pet dog or cat, and this pet then becomes their proxy child. They love their little Rover or Mittens, and they would do anything for their pet.

Child custody comes in many forms

While child custody is a common factor in many divorces, some of the details involved in child custody can get lost in translation. Many people actually don't know some of the types of child custody that are at stake in their case (or in general), so today, let's take a look at some of these forms of custody.

If you're getting a divorce, be cautious with social media

After you and your spouse that it is time for a divorce, you may be tempted to log on to your favorite social media site and yell from the cyber mountaintop about how crummy your soon-to-be-ex is. As great as this sounds in theory, and as cathartic as it may be, the results are often less favorable than they seem. Using social media after a divorce is often a dangerous act.

Why, and how, does alimony get awarded?

As we have outlined in our last two posts, alimony is a very important factor in many divorces. Both spouses involved in the alimony equation need to be prepared for the process and all that it entails. But why does alimony get awarded, and what are the factors for determining how much the alimony payments will be?

The relationship between alimony and taxes

In our last post, we talked about alimony and how having this in your divorce means that the people involved need to keep meticulous records of the payments. Without such records, it is possible that the former spouses could run into legal trouble down the line -- may it involve their divorce or their taxes.

Why is recordkeeping so important for alimony?

If it is determined that your divorce will include alimony (or spousal support), then you will either be on the paying or receiving end. Great! (Or not, depending on your situation.) But now what? When such financial payments are involved in your divorce, what are the procedures and processes in place, and what should you be doing to track these alimony payments?