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Monthly Archives: December 29, 2017

Divorce Rates: Are 50% of Marriage Ending in Divorce?

Is it true that most marriages will end in divorce? We have all heard the statistic that more than half of all marriages will end in divorce; however, is this true or an urban legend? In 2010, Paul Amato published a review of research on divorce in the prestigious Journal of Read More

Post-Partum Depression and Losing Custody

Will Suffering from Post-Partum Depression Cause You to Lose Custody? Post-partum depression (“PPD”) is a serious condition.  It is not unusual for a new mother to suffer from post-partum depression.  If you think you are suffering from PPD, please see your medical professional immediately.  Admi...

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Should a Breastfeeding Mother Have Custody Over A Man?

The “Tender Years Doctrine” in South Carolina which gave preference to a mother having custody of a child before a man was abolished many years ago.  However, an interesting argument that I sometimes make to the court is that a breastfeeding mother should have custody over an equally fit father.  Th...

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Is There a Gender Bias in the Courtroom?

One of the most popular statements I hear from clients is that “judges always award custody to the woman” or “judges prefer to give custody to women rather than men”.  I can tell you from a legal standpoint and from experience that this statement is not true. Read More

THE BREAKING POINT: WHY DO WOMEN INITIATE DIVORCE MORE THAN MEN?

A recent study by the American Sociological Association found that women initiate two thirds of all divorces, a staggering 69% to be exact. An even higher rate of 90% of all divorces are initiated b...

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WILL THE NEW TAX LAW EFFECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY?

How An Ex-Spouses Social Security Will Be Affected There are still some financial benefits that will remain in effect for divorced spouses in face of the new Tax Law. Upon retirement, a person can claim spousal Social Security benefits based on the earnings of an ex-spouse, provided that the coup...

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HOW TO KNOW IF YOU MARRIED THE RIGHT PERSON

During one of my seminars, a woman asked me a question. She said, "How do I know if I married the right person?" I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, "It depends. Is that your husband?" (ha, ha) In all seriousness, how do you know? Before I share with you part...

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HOW TO GET YOUR SPOUSE TO CHANGE BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

In your quest to fix your marriage, you may encounter resistance...from your spouse! Your spouse may dwell on the 101 reasons why "this just won't work for us" and blame you for everyone. Or, your spouse may be emotionally "checked-out" of the marriage and not care about your efforts to improv...

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HOW TO MOVE FROM ME TO WE GET INVOLVED

Have you ever heard the phrase "You are what you eat"? This catchy slogan from the fitness industry reminds us that how we "spend" our calories determines our health. Want to be fat? Then eat lots of fat. Want to be healthy? Well, you get the idea. When it comes to your marriage, I would say, "YO...

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