Frozen Embryos Following a Divorce

These days, it is fairly common for a couple to go to a fertility clinic to create a series of fertile embryos, so they can be frozen and stored for future use. A recent article from NPR discusses this situation and how it can create problems following a divorce.

sterile-man-1241430The couple featured in the article went to a fertility clinic soon after their wedding. The wife had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She was worried that her chemotherapy and radiation might leave her unable to conceive a child if she was able to survive the cancer. Continue Reading

Study Shows Women More Likely to File for Divorce Than Men

According to a recent news report from the Washington Post, for the first time in western history, women are more likely to initiate a divorce than men, or at least tell their spouses they intend to seek a divorce.

At a sociologists’ conference featured in the article, there was a significant amount of debate and discussion spent on this issue. In the past, it was argued, women were responsible for most of the childcare work and housework, while their husbands went to work and provided for the family’s financial needs. It was a also a time when many men would openly have extramarital affairs and their wives would simply put up with it as something that is normal and supposed to happen. Continue Reading

Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley’s Wife Files for Divorce

According to a recent news article from, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s wife filed for divorce, citing an irretrievable breakdown of their marriage.

Both the governor and his estranged wife are 72 years of age and were married in 1965. The couple has four children as a result of the marriage. Specifically, her complaint stated there was a “complete incompatibility of temperament” and they are not longer living together and have not been living together since January of this year. In court filings, her address was listed as being in Tuscaloosa, while his is listed as being in Montgomery. Continue Reading

Ashley Madison Data Breach and Divorce

As just about everyone now knows, Ashley Madison is an online dating site designed for people who want to engage in extramarital affairs. The company’s advertising slogan is “life is short, have an affair.” As everyone also knows, the Ashley Madison servers have recently been hacked, and a list of all customers who have signed up for the online dating service has been released to the public via several websites.

A result of the Ashley Madison list, we have heard about people’s lives being destroyed and marriages ending. We have heard about people committing suicide when their information was released. We have head about a politician resigning from his office when his membership to the site became public, and we have heard about countless women filing for divorce when they learned their husband was a member of Ashley Madison. Continue Reading

Filing Bankruptcy in Alabama, Things to Consider

Filing Bankruptcy in Alabama, Things to ConsiderIf you find yourself overwhelmed with excessive debt and you’re considering filing bankruptcy, you’re not alone.

According to Legal Technology Provider Epiq Systems, more than 1.2 million people per year file for bankruptcy in the United States.

While people may assume that a bankruptcy filing means that a person can’t control their spending, and in some cases, it may, most people who file bankruptcy do so for other reason such as divorce, unemployment, and medical expenses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5.2 million people in the United States had been unemployed for six months or longer as of April, 2012.

A survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 20 percent of families in the United States had problems paying medical bills last year.

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Types of Alimony in Alabama

Types of Alimony in AlabamaAlimony in Alabama is frequently referred to as spousal support, but may also be called spousal maintenance or spousal allowance.

Spousal support or alimony is the amount of money one spouse pays the other spouse for financial support, either during the divorce proceedings and/or after a divorce in Alabama.

Alimony is intended to preserve the economic status of both spouses, as it existed during the marriage. When there is a large discrepancy in incomes, the spouse who makes less money may be unable to continue paying for living expenses, in which case the court may order the higher earning spouse to assist the lower earning spouse financially through alimony.

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Former Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Files for Divorce

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, has frequently been in news stories over the past two years. He first made headlines in April of 2014, when he was banned for life by the National Basketball Association (NBA) after recordings of him allegedly making racist comments to his then-girlfriend V. Stiviano related to a picture she posted on Instagram of her with NBA legend Magic Johnson.

During that series of events, and the threats of lawsuits and arbitration with the NBA that followed, Sterling was still married to his estranged wife. That fact that he was still married at the time he was forced to sell the team made matters significantly more complicated, since his wife was still entitled to an interest in the team and proceeds from the sale, according to many legal scholars. Continue Reading

Alabama is the most unfaithful state in the U.S. – Ashley Madison Website Leak

Alabama is the most unfaithful state in the U.S. - Ashley Madison Website LeakIf you thought Alabama was one of the most conservative states in the United States, you would be mistaken. According to an analysis of data leaked from the recently hacked dating website Ashley Madison, the most unfaithful men and women live in Alabama.

In case you’re wondering what is Ashley Madison and what does a dating website have to do with married people, who presumably aren’t supposed to be dating, the Ashley Madison website is a dating website for married people looking for affairs.

The Ashley Madison website hack also revealed that out of the almost 36 million Ashley Madison customers, 90% to 95% of the customers were men. More than 15,000 of the registered email addresses belong to .mil or .gov accounts, including some from Alabama. Continue Reading

Singer Gwen Stefani Discusses Her Ongoing Divorce

Signer Gwen Stefani, most well known for being the lead singer in the band “No Doubt,” is going through a difficult divorce. According to a recent news report from Inquisitr, Stefani filed for divorce in Los Angeles and then offered a lump sum property division and spousal support settlement to her current husband.

What is significant is the amount of the settlement offer. Prior to filing for divorce, most media outlets estimated the singer’s net worth to be around $80 million. Based upon her alleged settlement offer, and reports of someone close to the singer, her actual net worth appears to be significantly higher. Continue Reading

Announcing Your Divorce on Facebook

These days, it is nearly impossible to get through a day without getting a series of Facebook updates on your smartphone.

There are, of course, people who have chosen never to use Facebook or the various other social media apps. However, because it is one of the most frequent ways people choose to communicate, it is impractical to take this hands-off approach to social media.

While many Facebook users are understandably tired of the seemingly never-ending birthday announcements and peer pressure to congratulate people, everyone is interested to see when a person changes their relationship status on his or her profile. When a person changes his or her status from single to being in a relationship and tags the person with whom he or she is in that relationship, many will click on the name to look at photos of the new love interest. In addition to the option to note your relationship status, there is also the option to say to whom you are married.

When someone gets a divorce or separates from their spouse, it is often a tough decision to change that status from married to single, knowing every one of that person’s Facebook friends will receive a status update and are free to send messages and comment publicly on their wall.

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