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December 2010 Archives

Study Links Physical Fitness to Divorce

A new study has had the media abuzz, and just in time for your annual holiday cookie exchange. According to scientists in Stockholm, divorced men tend to be more physically fit than their married counterparts. The reverse is true for women: Divorced women tend to let themselves go, while married women tend to stay fit.The researchers followed almost 9,000 men and women over the age of 45, measuring cardiovascular fitness and monitoring relationship status over eight years. They then compared the results of participants by marital status categories, including single/stayed single, single/married, married/stayed married and married/got divorced. Remarriage was also noted.

Divorce on the Decline, Family Court Busier

It seems divorce court could be renamed family court. That's because divorce statistics have hit 20-year lows, mainly because fewer people are getting married in the first place. Family court is the venue unmarried couples are using for ending their relationships and working out parenting issues such as custody and visitation.

Can You Calculate Your Odds of Divorcing?

A recent report called The State of Our Unions discusses the health of marriages in America. The joint study was conducted by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and New York's Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.According to the report, the chance of divorce varies based on your personal and social circumstances, including financial circumstances. You can improve your odds of staying married by having a college degree, coming from an intact home and waiting to have kids until after you are legally married.

A New Tap Dance for Parents in Custody Fights

An interesting case came up in another state, and family law attorneys in Illinois -- and everywhere there are kids with phones -- are waiting for the next step. The decision deals with a parent recording a chlid's telephone calls without consent, and it all started with a custody dispute between the parents of a 2 ½-year old girl.

When Divorce Gets Expensive, Some Turn to Divorce Financing

Often, when people think about divorce or any legal process, they think they are in for a big expense. Unfortunately, the cost of a lawyer sometimes deters people who deserve their days in court from going forward with a contested divorce case. According to The New York Times, some entrepreneurs have caught on to that problem and are trying to help the less financially fortunate fight for their rights.

You Can't Get Divorced If You Don't Get Married

An Illinois newspaper recently published an analysis of vital statistics from four northern counties. The researchers were interested in finding out what was behind the recent decline in divorce. They wanted to go beyond the "typical," recession-related reasons found in previous studies. What they found was both simple and surprising: There are fewer divorces these days because there fewer couples get married in the first place.

Frank McCourt May Dodge Post-Nup

One thing just leads to another, it seems, when it comes to the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce and property settlement case. Earlier this week, the California judge handling the case issued a decision regarding the post-nuptial agreement the couple entered into when Frank purchased the Dodgers. In the 100-page decision, the judge lists a number of problems with the post-nup before ordering that the agreement not be taken into consideration in the property settlement.

Are Courts Rewarding Bad Behavior? Moms Fight Back (p. 2)

In our last post, we started talking about a group of mothers and organizations from different states, including Illinois, who have taken their argument with the U.S. courts to an international body. This group petitioned the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, claiming that U.S. courts have violated their human rights by granting custody and unsupervised visitation to fathers who have abused both the mothers and the children.

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