Here is a telling statistic for persons in family law disputes who aren't particularly careful about their social media presence: According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, online posts -- mostly from Facebook -- were introduced into evidence in about 80 percent of all divorce cases over the past five years.
Perhaps one day economists will routinely add one additional factor in their analysis of indicators and events -- such as the unemployment rate, consumer confidence, housing starts and retail sales -- that collectively help gauge how the economy is doing: the divorce rate.
When we last visited the Halle Berry child custody dispute, it was to note that Berry and her ex-partner Gabriel Aubry were locked in a court battle over parenting arrangements and Aubry's access to the couple's young daughter.
Bookstore shelves across the country are replete with self-help books and generalized information from family law pundits concerning how to cope with the divorce process now and in future years. These products range from soft and fuzzy tomes about family members' feelings to quite detailed dissertations on matters ranging from child custody and support to spousal maintenance/alimony, dividing property assets and a host of other matters.
An Alabama Senate committee has just approved a material change in family law in that state that could potentially have far-reaching effects in the area of fathers' rights and the parental time-sharing arrangements of divorced parents concerning their children.
When it comes to child custody and questions regarding the mental or physical capacity of one or both of the parents, family courts throughout Georgia and the rest of the country have wide-ranging powers to control, compel and make orders.
Fulton County residents are no different from their counterparts in the rest of the country when it comes to prenuptial agreements (also commonly referred to as premarital agreements). That is, most married couples do not have them, and most couples about to marry do not intend to get one. In fact, a recent survey indicates that prenups feature in about three percent of new marriages, with about 20 percent of couples in second marriages having one.
First of all, it has been a case that put a spotlight at the outset on the need to secure an experienced family law attorney with additional acumen in high-asset divorce and relevant document drafting. This is not the first time we have reported on events in the acrimonious Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce settlement battle. As readers might recollect, the "Dodgers" divorce case boils down essentially to who owns the team. Frank has consistently stated that, most assuredly, he does. Jamie has always begged to differ, claiming that she owns fully half the team.
Family law experts who examine divorce trends at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research state that married partners over 50 divorce at a much higher rate than do married couples generally. Over the past 20 years, they say, the divorce rate for 50-plus couples has approximately doubled, whereas it has actually decreased slightly for America's married population overall.