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With 'gray divorce' comes risk of financial insecurity

By some measures, a trend only officially becomes a trend after a term has been coined and widely used to describe it. With this in mind, there is little doubt that “gray divorce” is a trend in the United States.

Although it seems somewhat self-explanatory, a definition may be in order. Generally, gray divorce describes the dissolution of a marriage in which one or both spouses is over the age of 50. Gray divorce can apply to second and third marriages, but the trend that sociologists often refer to is divorce that happens after decades-long first marriages.

Study shows there may be a hidden cost to pricey engagement rings

Few ceremonies are filled with as much tradition as weddings. Of course, some wedding “traditions” were created and promoted by jewelers and others who stood to make a tidy profit from happy couples. That’s why – at least at one point – men were expected to buy an engagement ring that cost the equivalent of three months’ salary.

Wedding traditions and “rules of thumb” are ignored by many modern couples, but it is still quite common to spend copious amounts of money on an engagement ring and on the wedding itself. According to the results of a recent study, however, spending heavily on the ring and the wedding could spell trouble for marriage.

Gun magnate's ex-wife says he cheated her out of business profits

One of the reasons why high-asset divorces tend to become such public spectacles is that some wealthy individuals seem willing to go to great lengths to avoid sharing assets with a former spouse. A recent case appears to be no exception.

In 2011, a man by the name of Gaston Glock Sr. got a divorce from his longtime wife Helga Glock. If their last name sounds familiar, it is because the Glocks co-founded one of the most successful firearms businesses in the world. Approximately two-thirds of police departments in the United States use Glocks as service weapons. Although their divorce was finalized several years ago, the dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in wealth continues. Helga alleges that her ex-husband cheated her out of $500 million.

Restoring peace: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Our post earlier this week focused on the different argument styles that couples commonly have. All of these styles can lead to negative outcomes, but some may indicate (more than others) that a couple will eventually get divorced.

In today’s post, we’ll discuss an even more serious side of marital conflict. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And while the term domestic violence can refer to incidents between various family members, most people use the term to describe intimate-partner violence – also called spousal abuse.

The way you and your spouse argue: Could it predict divorce?

Whether you have been in a dozen long-term relationships or just a few, you have probably noticed that each couple handles conflict differently. You may have even noticed that you argue differently with your current spouse than you did with a previous significant other.

All couples have arguments from time to time. If both partners are still invested in the relationship, occasional arguments are inevitable. But how you argue with your spouse is important. Your argument style could predict whether you are headed toward a lifetime commitment or a divorce.

Study: Same-sex couples have comparable rates of domestic violence

The national news lately has been heavily focused on the issue of domestic violence. A number of professional football players have been accused of or charged with domestic violence in recent months, and the NFL is being roundly criticized for its tepid response to the problem.

Allegations of domestic violence can also complicate a divorce or child custody dispute, including allegations of intimate-partner violence and child abuse. Among the many issues raised by the NFL scandal is the idea that this crime too often goes unreported and unaddressed.

Without specific laws, pet custody disputes remain a gamble

We have previously written about an emerging area of family law that is a cross between property division and custody. There are, however, few laws (if any) governing how disputes should be resolved. The issue is pet custody.

Dogs and cats are much more than just pets to many American families. It makes sense, then, that couples have a hard time with the idea of leaving a pet to one spouse or the other. Unfortunately, however, the law treats pets as property. As such, they are not protected by protocols like those governing child custody. So what can you do if you and your spouse are getting a divorce and have a dispute about who keeps the pet?

Even positive life changes can put strain on a marriage

When a couple gets married, each spouse marries the other as the person they are at that time. In some ways, this agreement is a long-term gamble. We all change in some ways, because change is inevitable. The wager is whether you and your spouse will still want to be together despite whatever changes occur.

Even if the changes that occur are quite positive, they can still have surprisingly negative impacts on the marriage. As just one example, one spouse’s significant weight loss can actually be a major marital stressor. In some cases, it can even lead to divorce.

High-asset divorce could hinge on paperwork technicality

There have been numerous stories about the underhanded tricks some spouses are willing to use in divorce. Such tactics are especially likely in cases where a lot of money is at stake.

How would you feel, for instance, if your spouse of 20 years told the court that you could not get divorced because, technically speaking, you were never actually married? This is the headache that one woman is currently facing in a high-profile, high-asset divorce from her husband and the father of her children.

Doing divorce right means investing time & careful consideration

Our post earlier this week cautioned couples against getting tempted by gimmicky divorce trends, including the idea of a “divorce hotel” where couples essentially mediate their divorce over the course of a three-day weekend.

With something as complicated as divorce, trying to complete all steps in back-to-back marathon sessions almost guarantees that mistakes will be made and important details will be overlooked. A recent article that appeared on the Huffington Post website provides some good examples of common divorce mistakes that can lead to serious long-term consequences.

Firm founder Jonathan Breeden has earned his nickname of "The Bulldog." He takes a direct, straight ahead approach at resolving his client's family law, criminal law, and business related problems. He knows when it's in your best interests to negotiate a resolution or litigate your case in court.
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