In the 1970s, the percentage of women with a high school diploma who had children outside of marriage was 13 percent. That number has more than tripled and it now rests at 44 percent. Although a lot of focus in the news is on teen mothers, a study conducted and published by the National Marriage Project says that much of the rise in the number of unwed mothers is due to partners deciding to wait to get married or forgo it completely. Many of the couples are in their 20s and 30s, in stable, adult relationships.
Technological advancements have made things feasible now that seemed impossible before. At the touch of your fingertip, you can send a photo to a thousand people; you can tell everyone you know that you just got engaged and only have to tell the story once. Social media networks and text messaging can connect you to so many people in a matter of milliseconds, marriage therapists warn couples of the danger associated with that ability.
Christina Milian and her husband, a producer known as "The Dream" and "King Sweet & Petite" have allegedly come to a mutual agreement concerning alimony, child support and other issues involved in their divorce. The couple is expected to file the official documents recording the agreement in a divorce court in Fulton County, Georgia in the near future when they finalize their divorce.
Divorce does more than finalize the end of a marriage. Divorce divides all of the property that each couple has amassed and comingled together during the period of their marriage. Many people are surprised or even shocked when an attorney explains to them that their beloved dog, cat or other household pet is considered property under the law. Animals are an asset on the list for property division even though it is a living, breathing companion.
People generally get married with the intention that they will stay together forever. They plan to find the perfect home in the perfect Georgia neighborhood, fill it with laughing children and live happily ever after. Real life is not a perfectly scripted fairytale and often things happen, people change and many marriages end in divorce for one reason or another. It can be a stressful time full of confusing emotions and instability.
Social networks like MySpace, Twitter and Facebook have become widely used as a form of communication. What started as a teenage fad has spread to include users of all ages and from all walks of life. Users can create profile pages in which they can post pictures from their daily lives, share mass notifications of important updates in their personal lives or comment on a variety of current event issues across the nation.
NBA "All Star" Dwyane Wade has recently made headlines in the news for issues other than his hamstring injury causing him to miss a percentage of the basketball preseason. The Miami Heat guard testified in family court on Friday and resumed the testimony on Monday over modification of the child custody order concerning his two young sons, ages 8 and 3.
Hurricane Katrina raged through Louisiana with gale force winds and flooding rains. Protective levees broke leaving thousands of homes destroyed and under water killing more than 1,800 people.
Eyebrows more than rose when a Georgia woman's husband was found deceased in their million dollar home amidst a bitter divorce. A jury cleared the air this past Friday when it returned with a determination that the woman acted in self-defense when she shot her husband six times in March of 2008.
If you drive a car, you probably have a car insurance policy. The same thing goes for homeowners. But most of us would not think about insurance for our marriage. The truth is that divorce is expensive. And the number of people who divorce each year is much higher than the number of people who lose their homes to disasters. But is getting divorce insurance a good idea?