While there are places to go in the United States to get married quickly, there may soon be a place to get divorced over a weekend. With divorce rates remaining high, a new idea in the Netherlands may be making its way to the United States. The concept is called the Divorce Hotel, where a married couple checks in on a Friday, works with mediators and independent lawyers on Saturday and then the couple checks out on Sunday with their divorce papers in hand, all for a set fee.
Those in the military who are going through a divorce are waiting to hear about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would decide whether states are violating federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran's disability compensation when calculating spousal support. Also at issue is whether disability benefits should be viewed as communal property to be divided in a divorce just like other marital assets.
Members of our Armed Services make many sacrifices to help protect our country. The Virginia General Assembly recently amended a provision relating to child visitation, to help lessen the impact of deployment on military members and their families. Virginia Code Section 20-124.8 now allows a deploying military member to ask to designate a family member to exercise visitation while they are deployed. In the past, when a military member who had visitation rights but was not the primary physical custodian of the child was deployed, visitation between military members' children and the service member's family was suspended. Now, given enough advance warning, a military member can at least ensure that his/her children have a continuing connection with the service members' family.
I'm sure most of us have had a friend or family member divorce. The problem is sometimes we don't know what we can do to help them through the process. For those going through a divorce, the support of friends and family is sometimes what gets them through this trying time and experts have put together a list of things you can do to help a person going through a divorce.
Child support disagreements are hard and usually need the intervention of the court system to help settle the dispute. This was the case for supermodel Linda Evangelista and the father of her son, Francois-Henri Pinault, who were in court this week trying to figure out an agreement on child support.
Filing bankruptcy before or in the midst of your divorce can cause delays and ultimately affect the resolution of your divorce. Filing for bankruptcy after divorce can also affect liabilities in the settlement and obligations for spousal support. Because the United States Bankruptcy Code provides for an "automatic stay" once a bankruptcy petition is filed, parts of your divorce process may be halted until the bankruptcy is finalized. Additionally, the bankruptcy court may discharge certain obligations against one spouse but not the other, leaving the non-bankrupt spouse liable for marital debts.
Many people who may be contemplating divorce may not realize that there are different types of divorce and depending on your situation; there may be an easier way to go through the process. While divorce may be common, how you proceed can vary widely.