Abuse can come in many different forms. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), almost 20 people are physically abused in the United States each minute. Sadly, many of these cases of domestic violence begin with verbal abuse, which can have a lasting impact on a victim.
While divorce is largely an emotional and personal event, it is also a legal process. As such, it typically requires participants to fill out and submit a lot of paperwork.
If you pay or receive spousal support, you should know that it is possible to modify these orders as time goes by. After all, people can change, as can their needs and means. When a significant change occurs, it could warrant re-examination of support orders and possible modification.
Throughout the course of any divorce, parties share a vast amount of information, from their financial records to intimate details of their marriage. Many people would prefer that others not be privy to this information, and rules that took effect earlier this year in Pennsylvania regarding confidential documents and information serve to keep family law matters as private as possible.
Mediation is becoming an increasingly common way to resolve family law matters, from property division to child custody. This approach allows parties to reach mutually agreeable resolutions together and avoid the demands of litigation.
Legally marrying can look very different for every couple. Some people choose to marry in a church in front of a pastor; some choose to have an ordained friend perform an outdoor ceremony; some choose to go down to the courthouse and get married by a judge.
Any time two people divorce, there is the potential for one or both parties to make mistakes that make the process more difficult and contentious. Not only can certain missteps hinder negotiations in mediation and cause added stress on both people, they can also lead to far more severe consequences, including criminal charges.
When people read about celebrity divorces in the news or tabloids, it can be easy to dismiss them as little more than salacious gossip. After all, frequently, these stories are based on speculation and unnamed sources who may have no real connection to the situation.
Owning a home is part of the American dream. People often imagine getting married, buying a house and raising a family in it. It is also usually the single most expensive asset families own. Thus, it is no surprise that when spouses separate, the home is usually at the center of divorce disputes.
Fighting is an inevitable part of most marriages and long-term relationships. Most couples simply do not agree about everything. However, there is a difference between getting into a squabble with your partner and facing emotional abuse at the hands of the one you love. Unfortunately, emotional abuse tactics can be subtle, and this line is not always clear. If you are questioning whether you are experiencing emotional abuse, you should watch for certain behaviors.