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Archive for October, 2013

Paying for College

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The divorce rate in America seems to be on a steady rise with almost 50% of marriages predicted to end in divorce. There are a variety of reasons for the rapidly growing number of divorce cases from infidelity issues to just incompatibility between two people. However, one major factor that seems to be common is the pressure of financial issues. With the current state of the American job market, many couples can feel the pressure of unemployment and debt on their marriage. The average American credit card debt alone is about $15,000 and the average mortgage debt is about $147,000. This does not include any debt from car loans or student loans either.

Today many Americans carry the burden of debt, whether from the costly fees of going through a divorce or even those years spent in college accumulating those student loans. As of 2013, the average student loan debt was about $31,000. By paying the monthly minimum payment the time to pay off such a loan could be almost half the lifespan of the average American. This infographic by Consolidated Credit tracks the history of student loan debt in America and gives insight into how much you truly pay for your college education.

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New Book on Divorce by James J. Gross

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Splitsville

Available now at Amazon.com.

Blogs to Help You Cope With Divorce

Monday, October 7th, 2013

www.cpgrupolegal.comGuest Post by Dave Landry, a blogger and small business owner who has gone through his own divorce and has turned to blogging to communicate with those with a similar plight in hopes of further establishing a communal platform of relief.

Divorce is a painful and often times complicated undertaking. There’s much more to the process of separating and dissolving a marriage than you may realize. You need to have a strong support system if you are going through a divorce, which in most cases qualifies as a traumatic event. This can involve legal and emotional counseling as well as social groups devoted to those who are or have gone through a divorce. You can also find many online resources.

Divorce blogs are a good source of help for those involved in divorces. They offer a wealth of scenarios and advice, from child custody, legal and financial issues, to division of assets.   In the case of debt,  proven agencies are available to assist in the management of financial disarray.

The following is a list of divorce blogs where those who are in a divorce can seek guidance:

Divorce360.com

Divorce 360 is a large and comprehensive blog site forth both men and women. The site offers stories from a wealth of individuals who are either facing a marriage breakup or have been through one. The blogs found on Divorce360.com include issues concerning infidelity, finances, as well as examining the patterns of behavior within a couple whose marriage may be in trouble. Guest blogs are highly encouraged. Divorce360.com can be found here: http://www.divorce360.com/community/journals/default.aspx

Everyonegetsdivorced.com

Operated by two women named Jessica and Jean, everyonegetsdivorced.com offers practical advice in long-form writing about divorce which leans mostly to women. The writing is warm and sympathetic, and devoid of side taking, including against the man. The site also offers recipes for comfort food and photos of cute little animals, both of which can help to make a person feel a little better as they go through their divorce.

Divorce Diaries

Divorce Diaries, which is found on Woman’s Day.com, offers emotional, social and financial advice, mainly geared toward women, in the realm of divorce. The site’s blog entries also include advice concerning child care for single mothers as well as the overall pressures of motherhood. Because the blog is supported by an established publication such as Woman’s Day, the writing is well executed and ensures a wealth of pertinent subject matter regarding divorce.

Dads Divorce.com

Advice for men in regards to divorce can be hard to find. One very large, wide-ranging and prominent divorce-related site for men is Dads Divorce.com. This site offers a plethora of blog-based scenarios from legal issues, love, child support, as well as health-related writings. The health-related blogs are of particular interest as there have recently been studies that suggest divorce can have as many, if not more health risks to men than women.

Husband Wins Prenup Challenge by Wife

Friday, October 4th, 2013

James Stewart, at age 24, was married with three children, and owned a successful construction business.  He was worth about two million dollars.  Then he met 26 year old Barbara Stewart, who worked at a day care center for minimum wage.  Her only asset was a vehicle worth about $500.  They had an affair, lived together for a year, and eventually married in 1988 after James got his divorce.

Four days before the wedding James and Barbara signed a prenuptial agreement.  Twenty one years later they divorced and Barbara challenged the agreement claiming she signed it under duress, without counsel, without full disclosure, and that the agreement was unfair.

The trial court upheld the agreement and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed.  The court said that four days was enough time to consult with a lawyer and that it was her choice not to do so.

While the agreement did not disclose an IRA worth $60,000 and it did not list values for the assets nor their total, the court found that the agreement and Barbara’s knowledge of the assets from living with James were sufficient disclosure to let her know she was giving up something significant by signing the agreement.

The court also found that she had not waived alimony nor a marital award in the prenup.  In fact, she settled the divorce for over a million dollars.  So, the court said, the prenup was not unfair.

Stewart v. Stewart, Maryland Court of Special Appeals (October 3, 2013)

 
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