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Archive for March, 2012

Two Happy Homes

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I love finding free and useful tools on the Internet for my clients and readers.  Here’s a new one with the uplifting name of TwoHappyHomes.Com for divorced and separated parents.  It is free to use but you can buy a premium version to remove advertising for $1.00 a month.

Parents can use the site for planning, organizing and communicating.  There is a place to save contacts and medical information, keep a common calendar of events and schedules, track finances and expenses, store essential documents, and send notes to each other via messaging.

Founder, Traci Whitney, mother of three, said after divorce, “I really thought there would be a good solution available to help us. There wasn’t, and I knew it was something that I could create, and help other people like me.”

A Rose, a Hawk or a Peppercorn

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Question:

Why does my separation agreement say “in consideration of the sum of ONE DOLLAR ($1.00), to each of the parties in hand paid by the other, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged”?

Answer:

Mere promises are not enforceable by the court.  The court requires something more to have an enforceable contract.  Each party must give something of value to the other.  That is called consideration.

The consideration may be nominal.  “A rose, a hawk, or a peppercorn will suffice.”   Williston on Contracts.

Modern lawyers, many of whom may not even know what a peppercorn is or where to find one, have found it more convenient to make one dollar the consideration.

March, the New Divorce Month

Monday, March 5th, 2012

FindLaw.com reports that searches for “divorce” and related phrases such as “family law” and “child custody” jumped 50 percent – from just over 10,000 in December 2010 to nearly 16,000 in January 2011, and continued to surge through March.  “Divorce” has been the No. 1 searched term on FindLaw.com since February 2010.

FindLaw.com also analyzed divorce filings across the U.S. between 2008 and 2011 with Westlaw, the leading legal research database. The analysis revealed that divorces spike in January, continue to rise and peak in late March.

Reasons for the spike may be due to the stress of holidays, the prospect of spending another year in an unhappy marriage or the economic recovery.  Regardless of the reasons, it looks as though March is replacing January this year as the new Divorce Month.

Children and Marital Happiness

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

A study by Benin and Robinson shows:

1.   A high marital satisfaction level for spouses before they have any children.

2.  The first years with children show a peak of satisfaction.

3.  Over time, satisfaction levels fall significantly. The all-time low is achieved during the children’s adolescent years.

4.  The good news:  After the children are launched, marital satisfaction spikes to an all-time high for husbands and wives.

 
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