Family Law and Culture Tag

It may seem unusual to hear a divorce attorney giving advice on making peace, but in truth, divorce lawyers want their clients to be happy. They want to see happy clients and happy kids. No one wants to see a case dissolve into chaos and hate. Sadly, when two people get divorced, there can be a lot of anger, resentment, and malevolence. Every married couple faces challenges, whether divorcing or not. The attorneys of Klok Law Firm LLC understand that marriage can be hard and divorce can be harder. Each of these will not apply to everyone, but here are seven general tips for finding peace after divorce.

Divorce is never pretty, but some are uglier than others. If you and your spouse are having trouble being in the same room or speaking to each other civilly, you may be setting yourself up for a long and miserable process. High conflict divorce is painful, time-consuming, and expensive for everyone, including your children. While cooperation is the key to a happy divorce, this is not always possible. If you believe you are headed for a nasty divorce, find out what you can do to complete the process—unscathed.

Traditional marriage’s definition has changed drastically over the last fifty years, and in our society today it is understood in different terms. Some of the trends observed are the rising age of those who are getting married, an increase in two-person, two-earner households, an increase in the number of single-family homes, an increase in the number of couples who are not from the same racial, ethnic, or cultural community, to recount a few. One of the largest trends in American culture is the increase in assortative mating where we choose our partners based on being in the same socio-economic circle. In other words, men and women are not ending up with the people they knew from high school, but are marrying those who they met in college or while at the same job; the lawyer is not marrying his secretary, he’s marrying a fellow lawyer. Most of these trends go hand-in-hand with not only people evolving outside their comfort zones, but it seems that children are observing these trends and following suit, aiding in the consistent progression of traditional marriage and family norms seen nowadays. Interestingly enough, it seems that children, teenagers, and young adults who were polled over the last year, have beliefs that are similar to those back in the 1950s, but for different reasons.

In our society, there are many factors that go into what makes a good marriage, and many that may lead to an acrimonious divorce. Most of the factors tend to be rather obvious: a good marriage requires trust, open communication, and a certain level of agreement of what the marriage lifestyle should look like and the values that control it. The well-known factors that may lead to a divorce generally reflect distrust between the couple, a mismatch in lifestyles, closed communication, and a disagreement over finances and how money should be spent. Though these are the most well-known factors that govern the health or decline of a marriage, there are some less well-known external factors that can have a significant effect on a happy marriage and lead to divorce. One of these lesser-known external factors that affect a marriage and can lead to divorce, according to a recent study, is a long commute.

According to a new study, the cohabitation effect may no longer be the governing law surrounding cohabiting couples and the likelihood that their marriage will succeed. The cohabitation effect is a theory put forward by sociologists detailing an association between living together or cohabitating before a marriage and the likelihood that the marriage would fail. The cohabitation effect stated that living together before marriage actually made the marriage more likely to fail as a result due to heightened expectations from living together and disappointments that marriage did not change the couple’s behavior.

Blended families have been on a significant rise with the popular trend of many divorcees getting hitched a second and third time. A divorce may be traumatic for all parties, with the stress and possible acrimony related to the splitting of the marital assets and figuring out who gains custody and the parental responsibilities, but children who are involved in the tug of war feel it more acutely. Children who are part of a blended family have different concerns when it comes to the divorce of their parent and their stepparent. Largely, blended families where there is a stepparent could mean that post-divorce, the stepparent could just disappear because, without adoption and other legal or genetic ties, there may be no role for the stepparent at the onset of the divorce.

After your marriage has been dissolved and the property, child custody, and child support have been divided, it may seem like there will never be a time will you ever will seek the happiness from marriage again. But lo and behold, many meet another individual that seems perfect sometime later, and they begin to consider the possibility of marriage for a second time.

In a world where breastfeeding in public used to be taboo, states have been providing statutory protections for mothers wanting to breastfeed their child when and wherever necessary. With the scientific research putting forth more evidence regarding the significant health benefits of breast milk over formula, the trend has picked up for new mothers to prefer breastfeeding to formula.

If you knew that your child might be born with a genetic disorder or mutation, or was predisposed to cancer as a result of analysis of the in-utero fetus’s genetic make-up, would you alter the fetus’s genes? If you and your partner were of the same sex, and you decided to have a child through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), should you be restricted from using three people’s DNA to create the offspring? These are just two examples of the movement of reproductive freedom and rights; but as science progresses, where is the line drawn between reproductive freedom, designer babies, and eugenics?