Saturday, September 17, 2016

Why Women Divorce

What are common reasons women end their marriages?

According to a sampling of marriage counselors, there are six primary reasons women dissolve their marriages. In many cases, the reasons are intertwined. As Christine Wilke, a marriage therapist in Easton Pennsylvania stated recently, “So many women don’t feel seen, heard or validated in the relationship.” This underlying sentiment appears to be at the core of many of the other reasons given for dissatisfaction in the marriage. If you are considering divorce, it is essential that you consult with a

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Reasons for and against Prenuptial Agreements

Should I sign a prenuptial agreement?

For centuries, in cultures all over the world, marriage was considered a kind of business transaction, unifying two families. As the romantic aspects of marriage have become more prominent, and divorce has become more common, the realities of merging and/or separating property ownership are, of necessity, being reconsidered. Because of the disturbing, undeniable statistics surrounding marriage and divorce, more and more couples are considering the possibility that signing a prenuptial agreement ("prenup" for short) is a sensible option. For couples planning to marry and considering the value of a prenup, it is crucial to have a

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Gender Gap in Divorce Settlements Is Not What It Seems

Are women being ripped off in some divorce settlements?  

Despite the public perception that women make out well in divorce settlements, this is far from the case. In actual fact, the income of women who worked before, during or after their marriages declines by an average of 20 percent after a divorce, while the income of their ex-husbands rises more than 30 percent after the split. Even more inequitable, 27 percent of separated women are living in poverty --almost triple the rate for men in the same position.

Because, in our society, women are still more likely than men to leave the workforce while raising young children, they suffer the consequences of earning less when they go back to work. In addition, divorce proceedings themselves are, for many, prohibitively expensive.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Road Less Traveled: Collaborative Law Divorce

Can I divorce my spouse without going to court?

Let's face it: divorce is common, so much so that 50% of first marriages end in divorce; and second and third marriages fair even worse. As the song goes, "breaking up is hard it do," but that is not to say ending a marriage needs to become an endless cycle of anger, pain and accusation. For those who want to take the road less traveled and bypass the conflict normally associated with divorce, there is an alternative: collaborative law.

What is collaborative law divorce?

Collaborative law divorce is a form of alternative dispute resolution aimed at avoiding litigating a marital break-up in court. It is designed to put aside the acrimony that often arises over questions of dividing the marital property, spousal support, and child custody and support.

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