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Archive for November, 2013

Thanks for the Divorce

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

It’s almost impossible to be thankful for your divorce when you are in the middle of it. “Why did this happen to me?” you’re are asking yourself.  You look with envy at your friends who are having big Thanksgiving feasts with their families.  You are lonely, depressed, anxious for the future, broke and stressed out.  What’s to be thankful for?  You can only see this in hindsight but here’s my list:

1.  You made a mistake and married the wrong person and now you have cleared the way for the right person, someone who will value you, respect you and be happy to be with you.

2.  You have learned to be a survivor.

3.  You have learned that you have strength, character and integrity in the face of adversity.

4.  You have learned that you (and not your ex) are responsible for your own happiness.

5.  You have learned that you can create love, grace and beauty in abundance in your life.

6.  You have learned that you have some very good friends.

7.  You have learned that you can make back what you lost in your divorce faster than it took you the first time because now you are older and wiser and have more experience and connections.

Take it from me.  It may not seem like it now, but there is a big, happy Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by adoring family and friends, in your future.

Another Way to Say You Want a Divorce

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


A woman arranged for this sign to be placed over the entrance of her husband’s favorite bar.

Multimillionaire or Penniless?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

A case decided Friday in Great Britain shows how difficult it can be to determine values in complex, big dollar divorces.  The Young case has been going on for more than six years.

Michell Young, 49, claimed her husband Scot Young, 51, is worth billions from his investments in property and software companies.

Scot said his business empire has totally melted down leaving him “penniless and hopelessly bankrupt” with unpaid debts of almost $50 million.

The judge said it was impossible to know the full truth of Scot’s financial position, but he decided he was worth about $71 million, and the wife should get half of it.

Michelle, who has already paid more than $11 million in attorney fees, called the decision “disgraceful”.

Marriage and Divorce Resources

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Here is a list of resources for those preparing for marriage, those wishing to strengthen their marriages, and those desiring to heal from the pain of divorce, courtesy of the First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, Washington.

Another Reason to Stay Married

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Divorced people are twice as likely than married people to die from preventable accidents like fires or poisoning.  Both groups have an equal risk of dying from non-preventable accidents like airplane crashes.

That’s the finding of a new study published in the Social Science Research Journal by Rice University assistance professor, Justin Denney.  He tracked data from 1.3 million Americans aged 18 and older who survived or died in accidents between 1986 and 2006.

Denney thinks the reason for this is that married folk tend to offer each other encouragement and support in staying healthy, and may be on hand to help when a partner faces a health emergency.

Do Economic Fators Contribute to Marriage Woes?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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Checklist for DC Uncontested Divorce Hearing

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
  • Consent to Have Case Heard by a Hearing Commissioner
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Child Support Guidelines Calculation
  • Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
  • Joint Waiver of Appeal Rights

Checklist for Filing DC Uncontested Divorce

Friday, November 1st, 2013
  • Complaint.
  • Answer.
  • Cross Reference Intake Form.
  • Filing Fee of $80.
  • Praecipe Requesting Uncontested Hearing Date.
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