A recently published report has revealed a startling rise in the number of divorces and separations taking place in Ireland....
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A recent study has looked at the impact the availability of the internet has had on marriage rates, and claims that as well as facilitating the search for products to buy such as books and games, the internet has also facilitated the search for a prospective partner....
The inevitable first request on the first consultation from a client who has separated from their spouse is,’ I want a divorce’. ‘My husband or wife has left me and I need a divorce’. My response is normally that, apart from the psychological smug satisfaction and feeling of warmth a divorce may bring, it may not be needed and indeed could be an expensive, unnecessary form of therapy . But is that really what they are asking for?...
The Marriage Foundation think-tank has produced a report revealing that second marriages are more stable than first marriages, challenging the widely held belief that couples who remarry are doomed to repeat the mistakes from their first marriage....
Around 59% of divorce attorneys in America have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from dating websites during the past three years, according to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)....
A recent survey has found that having a successful marriage and raising children are the most important life goals for the younger generation, reports the Telegraph. This contradicts the commonly held view that younger people are more interested in material possessions and career development....
A woman in Northamptonshire has set herself up as an 'animal registrar', offering an animal 'wedding' service to devoted pet owners, reports the Daily Mail.
The basic service costs £150 a time, but according to Ann Clark, owners have been prepared to spend to £20,000 to provide their four legged friends with extras including a photographer and chauffeur driven cars.
Dogs and cats are the most common pets Ms Clark sees, although she recently 'married' a pair of rabbits. Owners can also opt for a same-sex 'civil ceremony' for their pets, instead of the more traditional wedding service.
Not all pets adjust well to married life however, with one owner phoning up Ms Clark to inform her that a recently wedded pair had now grown apart.
'That has been our only divorce,' commented Ms Clark.
A recent survey of divorce lawyers in America has found that 56% of respondents reported seeing an increase in the number of mothers paying child support during the past three years, while 47% also noted a rise in women being responsible for alimony throughout the same time period....
The research, from Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, raises the concern that as this group ages, society will have to rethink how it cares for its elderly.
“The economic and health vulnerabilities of single boomers are concerning because boomers are now moving into old age when failing health becomes even more common and severe,
In the run up to Father's Day in June, the US Census Bureau has published a series of facts about the estimated 70.1 million fathers in America.
The data reveals that there were 24.7 million fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2011.
It also reveals that there were 1.7 million single fathers, and around 15% or all single parents in America were men. Around 45% of these single fathers were divorced, 31% were never married, 19% were separated, and 5% were widowed.
Custodial fathers in 2009 were due $3.5 billion in child support, but received only $1.9 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due. Around 34% of custodial fathers received all child support that was due in 2009, not significantly different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 42%.
A recent study from America has advised couples that regularly finding time to spend together on a 'date night' will bring real benefit to their relationship.
The report found that married or cohabiting couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
The report, from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, also found that "couple time" is particularly valuable for couples who are less integrated into the local civic or religious fabric of their communities or for those less committed to one another.
"Taking time for your relationship – whether outside the home or inside the home – is good for your relationship health," said report co-author W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project. "This isn't rocket science, but it's an important reminder."
New research from America has found that the wellbeing of people is heavily influenced by whether they are married or divorced.
The survey, by Gallup, found that the Americans with the highest wellbeing score (68.8) were married. People who were divorced scored much lower (59.7), whilst the group with the lowest well-being score over all were people who were separated (55.9).
The research also tracked the wellbeing of people who were single (65.0), cohabiting (63.3), or whose partner had died (63.5).
The report does not suggest a definitive explanation for these results, but suggests that people who have a higher well-being score generally may be more likely to choose marriage than those with a lower well-being score. It also suggests that marriage can bring financial and other economic benefits for couples, whereas ending a marriage usually has negative economic consequences for people, which would affect their wellbeing score.
A recent study in Canada has found that people may be subconsciously influenced by how long they think they will live when making major life decisions such as marriage, divorce, abortion, having a child and attending university.
It is impossible to know how long someone is going to live, but there are many life expectancy cues not consciously processed, affecting how many more years people expect to live. These can include a person's state of health, a family's medical history or whether they have a high risk job.
The study, by researchers at Queens's University, found that the longer someone expects to live, the more time they will invest in education. If life expectancy is short, someone may decide to get married and have children sooner, or stick with the partner they are currently with rather than seek a divorce.