Joint Custody Becoming the Norm

Joint Custody Becoming the Norm

In the not-too-distant past, divorce usually meant the mother would receive sole custody of the children with the father allowed to see the children on the weekend or over holidays.

This practice appears to be going by the wayside and, if Wisconsin Court Records of the past 20 years are anything to go by, joint custody is becoming the norm.

A new study, published in the journal Demography, reviews the current custody environment in the United States.

Researchers report that the guiding principle of the “best interest of the child” has now become standard in deciding on custody matters.

This new posture overturns the divorce court philosophy that dominated most of the 20th century where most children ended up living with their mothers after their parents’ divorce — a philosophy that conformed to gender norms that viewed mothers as better caretakers of especially young children.

Since the turn of the millennium, the custody policy of many states has become gender-neutral and encourages the involvement of both parents.

Written by Rick Nauert PHD.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Biggest Divorce Settlement in History is FIled: She Now Has More Money Than Oprah

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The record for the world’s costliest divorce has been set by the separation of Russian billionaire Dimitry Rybolovlev and his wife Elena. A judge in Geneva has decided to award the wife a precise amount of 4,020,555,987.20 Swiss francs ($4,491,238,459.19 USD) according to media reports.

The ruling dictates that Rybolovlev, who resides in Monaco, should hand over half of the property deeds to their former homes in Cologny, a posh part of Geneva. He must also give her antique furniture and jewelry. He also lost custody of their 13-year-old daughter, Anna.

Rybolovlev’s wealth is estimated to be around $8.8 billion. He made his fortune in the potassium industry and, according to Forbes, is the world’s 147th richest man.

The divorce proceedings were initiated in 2008 by Elena in Geneva, where she lives. She asked for, and won a, freeze on part of her husband’s assets. It was applied on his majority ownership of the French football club AS Monaco, a stake in Bank of Cyprus worth $295 million and a home in Palm Beach, Florida, which had been purchased from Donald Trump and was worth $95 million.

Written by Liku Zelleke.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Iran Cleric Condemns ‘Satanic’ Divorce Parties

A senior Iranian cleric on Friday called divorce parties a “satanic” Western import and a “poison” for Islamic society.

Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, Tehran’s Friday prayer leader, was referring to the Western phenomenon of holding parties to celebrate the dissolving of a marriage, a practice that has recently emerged in the Islamic republic.

Kashani told worshippers that marriage is a sacred bond and that Western practices like divorce parties undermine family values.

Iranian media in recent days have reported on extravagant preparations for such parties, including black roses and cakes.

“Unfortunately, divorce parties are being organized as of recently… This is very dangrous. It’s a poison for the Islamic civilization and society,” Kashani said in his Friday prayer sermon, which was broadcast live on state radio.

“Men and women who hold divorce parties are definitely satanic,” he added.

Kashani urged young people to avoid adopting Western practices and to protect their local cultural achievements and traditions.

“Disintegration of family and lechery are related to the disgraceful Western civiliation … Western-style freedoms are wrong,” he said.

The website of Iran’s state TV called the emergence of divorce parties in Iran “the latest gift from the West.”

The conservative daily Jomhuri-e-Eslami earlier this week said wealthy divorced couples go to a central Tehran street to order black roses, cakes and invitation cards, one of which reads “I don’t miss you at all.”

The paper said demand for such cards has significantly increased over the past two years.

According to media reports, Iran saw a 4.6 percent rise in divorce last year. Some 20 percent of Iranian marriages now end in divorce, which is permitted but discouraged under Islamic law.

Written by Ali Akbar Dareini.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

How Does Child Support Affect Your Ability to Get a Car Loan?

When it comes to buying a car, one of the most important considerations is the loan. And, while many focus on trying to qualify for the best rate while paying the least amount out of pocket, those with poor credit simply focus on trying to qualify for funding period. In most cases, borrowers with poor credit have to rely on high risk lenders in order to secure the funding they need to make a purchase of this size. However, if they are either making or receiving child support payments, the qualifying process can be significantly different.

How Income is Viewed by Lenders

Before beginning the loan process, it is important to understand how lenders view income. When a borrower decides to borrow money from a lender, the lender begins the process of underwriting the loan. This process allows the lender to look at the loan from a risk perspective. The main risk, of course, is that the borrower won’t repay the loan. In order to offset this risk, the lender looks at a number of things: a borrower’s credit history, the amount of money they earn and how long they have been with their current employer, the number of existing debts they have, and a few other items.

Borrowers with a strong history of repaying their debts on time, have a low number of existing debts and an adequate income to pay for their monthly obligations represent a lower risk than those who have had a few late payments or charge offs or who have recently changed jobs. This means that they not only qualify for the loan, but usually wind up getting the best interest rates and are required to pay less down.

Written by Jordan Bourland.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

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NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.

Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.

Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew “for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade.”

“It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples,” Robinson wrote. “All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ’til death do us part. But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us.”

Robinson declined to comment further Sunday to The Associated Press.

Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which is rooted in the Church of England and represented in the United States by the Episcopal Church.

Written by Rachel Zoll.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

We Know Single Moms Are Amazing And Now Science Knows It Too

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Single moms are often faced with tough challenges specific to raising a child on one’s own — but a new study says that, despite the hurdles, single moms are just as happy as their married counterparts.

In the study — published in the Journal of Happiness — researchers conducted 35 intensive face-to-face interviews with single mothers in Poland to get an in-depth understanding of their happiness levels.

Why Poland? The researchers note that Poland “has the worst system of public childcare provision in the EU.” Not only that, “bearing a child out of wedlock is not socially accepted, and lone parenthood is not institutionally supported” — making Poland a good place to study moms who truly have to do it on their own.

In addition to the interviews, researchers used a decade’s worth of data collected from 7,633 mothers as part of Social Diagnosis, an ongoing social study in Poland. Within that sample, 6,594 of the mothers were married, 538 were never married and 501 were previously married (divorced or widowed).

After analyzing both sets of data, researchers discovered that single mothers were no less happy than their married counterparts, despite facing more difficult circumstances.

Written by Taryn Hillin.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Family Lawyers Make Divorce Less of a Struggle

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If you think you may need a family lawyer, you may want to know exactly what does a family lawyer do. Most legal matters involving families with children, especially divorce, a family lawyer can address.

Family law mediates mainly in divorce, child support proceedings, persons in need of supervision and adoption. A clear example of what does a family lawyer do is when a child’s parents divorce and remarry. In the event the step parent seeks custody from the biological parent, the family lawyer would mediate.

Specialties a child custody attorney or child support attorney practice fall under family law practice. You can ask a family lawyer questions concerning child custody and child support, as ultimately child support hearings determine which parent gets child custody, though these are also questions to ask a divorce lawyer.

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