Mediation is often presented as a great alternative to a litigated divorce -- and it can be! However, it does have its limitations. There are times when all the good intentions in the world aren't going to help you avoid litigation and mediation is simply a waste of money, time and effort.
Some couples can't seem to let go of a bad thing. That's certainly the case in involving a billionaire couple who ended their 32-year-old marriage on acrimonious terms. Apparently, they still can't get enough of fighting with each other, and neither seems willing to move on.
Most couples go through their divorces rather quietly. They instinctively know that it's better to work things out than battle it out in court. The financial expense of a court battle alone is intimidating enough -- and that's before you get to the fact that going to court means letting a stranger (the judge) control your life.
Divorced people are at a higher risk for early deaths -- but science hasn't really understood why marital status and mortality were related until recently.
Texas is one of the "community property" states, which means that marital assets belong equally to both spouses. However, when your marriage ends after just a year or two, it may not seem fair that your spouse who contributed very little to the household finances could end up with half the assets.
Both parties in a divorce are expected to completely disclose all of their assets when it comes time to divide up the marital property.
If you've been in an unhappy marriage for a long time, it might be tempting to move on with someone new even before your divorce is final. After all, you probably feel like you've wasted enough time in your life already.
What really predicts whether your marriage will last or not?
If you're in the middle of a divorce, you may be tempted to build a blanket fort and hide until it's all over -- but you can't. It's time to deal with the situation like a grownup.
Are you splitting with your spouse?