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regretsThroughout life, people make mistakes. Occasionally, these mistakes are small and forgotten as soon as they are committed. Other mistakes have long lasting effects and are difficult to move past. Divorce can occasionally cause regrets but it is important to learn from mistakes and try not to make them again.

According to data compiled by Dr. Terri Orbuch, most divorced people cite common regrets from their relationships. The longitudinal study followed over 350 couples who were between 25 and 37 years old. Over 25 years, 46 percent of the couples divorced, and of those Orbuch asked them about the errors they made in their relationships. Mistakes that they realized were contributing factors to their divorce. Dr. Orbuch hoped to use her research as a teaching tool to help others in their marriages.

Fifteen percent of the divorcees responded that they should have given their spouses more positive attention. A kiss, a compliment and other kinds of affection can increase a spouse's mood and strengthen a marriage. Not letting your spouse know that you support them emotionally can have far reaching consequences. Once the feeling of love is gone, then the relationship might be next.

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divorce planDivorce is a whirlwind of emotions.  These emotions can occasionally cause those involved to act emotionally rather than rationally.  It is an important event in your life so avoiding mistakes is essential.  Learn from others to avoid these common errors that people make when thinking about divorce.

1. Not reviewing your relationship

When emotions run hot, it can be easy to let them cloud your decision making process, but try to focus long term.  Do you still love your spouse? Do you still have a spark for your partner?  Have they done something to you that you can't forgive and forget?  No one should be forced to settle, but make sure you take enough time to know what you want before you make a life changing decision.

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Posted on in Child Custody

LauraUpon filing for divorce in Texas, either party can request the court to enter a temporary order governing a specific matter, such as child support, until the final divorce decree is given. These temporary orders give some sense of order for how visitation and custody will look in the short term and what parents can expect. These short term orders can include details on child support, spousal support, property division, and possession and access.

After final custody orders have been given, many parents hope to be able to modify their custody schedule at some point in the future. Moving forward with plans to change a child custody order should not be done without the assistance of an attorney.

Judges in Texas evaluate the individual situations of each family to determine what custodial situation is in the best interests of the child. It is possible, however, that the situation has changed over time, thus meaning that a new custodial order could truly represent the best interests of the child. There are several circumstances under which parents might modify custody, including the following:

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Posted on in Prenuptial Agreements

Although in many ways, the legal impact of same-sex marriage and same-sex divorce are relatively new to the field, a growing area of interest involves whether same-sex couples need prenuptial agreements. Many of the new couples moving toward marriage in the multiple states across the country that now allow same-sex marriage already have established financial assets. Even if these couples have been living together for a long time, the consideration of whether a prenuptial agreement may apply is a worthy discussion to have with an attorney.

LauraSimply put, it's likely that one or both individuals involved in the upcoming union has accumulated some assets over the course of their life. Entering into a marriage is an excellent opportunity to discuss their financial standing and determine whether prenuptial agreement could help to outline the guidelines for their union. Unfortunately, same-sex marriages will not be immune from divorce, and proper planning can go a long way towards reducing agony and financial instability down the line.

One special concern regarding same-sex marriages is when these individuals live in a community property state. In community property states, assets accumulated by the married couple are accessible to creditors of either spouse. In this way it's possible to view the assets of a newly married couple as being exposed to double the amount of potential creditors. For this reason, it can be critical to outline your wishes in a prenuptial agreement.

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Posted on in Divorce

RigsOften, the question of how a divorce differs from an annulment arises. Put simply, a divorce is a legal process that results in the marital bonds being severed. An annulment, on the other hand, is a legal process that results in the marriage being invalidated, as though it never existed in the eyes of the law.

In today's society, divorces are by far the more common method of terminating a marriage. With divorce, however, there is a presumption that the marriage was valid and any assets acquired during the marriage belong to the marital estate, which means that the judge will divide the assets equitably between the parties

If the judge grants an annulment, however, the marriage was not valid from the beginning, which means that there never was a marital estate, and the parties may get to keep their respective assets.

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LauraA new study has found that those individuals with more brothers and sisters are less likely to divorce when compared with children who have only one or two siblings. The research explores whether the number of siblings a child has influences their likelihood of divorce in adulthood.

The results of the study are certainly an advertisement for larger families that create adults who are less likely to obtain a divorce. The research found that each additional sibling (with a cap of seven) cuts down a person's likelihood of obtaining a divorce attorney in the future by approximately 2%. The information was collected from the information regarding 57,061 adults in the General Social Survey, and this information was collected between 1972 and 2012.

Ohio State University sociologist Doug Downey is a co-author of the study. He points out that his research team has been successful in finding other determining factors that influence divorce to a more significant level, but that the impact of number of siblings is important and an expected result. The research is being presented at the American Sociological Association meeting currently behind held in New York City.

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Going through a divorce is a hard enough thing to do on its own, throw children into the mix and it can become an extremely stressful situation.  Many people give advice on what to say to your kids when telling them about your divorce, "I will always love you", etc.  However, not many people know what you should not say when breaking the news to your children.

LaraDon't share too many details

Remember that your children are in fact children.  They do not need to be let in on the dramatic details and reasons for your divorce.  In many cases, kids will ask questions about what caused it.  If the questions become too much, you can always tell them that some of the reasons are "adult in nature."  Try to answer their questions without divulging too much information.

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RigersOn June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that effectively abolished the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") that president Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996. Although President Clinton stated that DOMA would have a limited impact, it became a major headache for gay couples who were denied benefits available to heterosexual couples. It was only a matter of time until someone would challenge this type of blatant government-sponsored sexual discrimination.

The case in front of the Supreme Court involved two women who lived together for nearly four decades. After getting married in Canada, they moved to New York, were they lived happily married until one spouse passed away. The issue became whether federal inheritance tax exemption would exempt the inheritance left to the surviving spouse as it would in a so-called traditional marriage. The Obama administration agreed that the gay couple should be treated in the same way as a heterosexual couple would in the same situation. Although the Obama administration agreed to refund the tax, it still asked the Supreme Court for a definite ruling on the matter. In a crucial fifth vote, Justice Kennedy sided with the Court's liberal group to hold that the DOMA-mandated discrimination was unconstitutional.

The Court avoided the more encompassing issue of whether gay couples have the same legal right to get married heterosexual couples.  That issue will largely remain up to the states, and Illinois is in the process joining the ranks of the states that recognize gay marriage.

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