April 2014 Archive

Is mediation a better way to divorce?

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on April 28, 2014

When most people think of the word ‘divorce’ they often think about lengthy litigation and a lot of arguing. And while this might be true in a lot of cases that have been shared on the Internet, some people have found a way to dissolve their marriages without all of the negatives. In these cases, people are actually finding an amicable way to divorce.

As some of our Maricopa County readers may have already realized, we’re talking about divorce mediation. Unlike in a typical divorce, mediation uses a third-party mediator that helps facilitate communication between spouses in order to come to an acceptable agreement. Whether court-referred or agreed to voluntarily, mediation usually does not hold the same blind-sided shock value that a typical divorce may have, meaning less hurt feelings and perhaps less frustration as well.

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What to know about choosing a covenant marriage: Part II

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on April 22, 2014

In last week’s blog post we brought up the topic of covenant marriages in Arizona. While we realize that some of our readers were already well aware of what covenant marriages were, we realized that there were some readers that might not have been as familiar with the topic. That’s why in this week’s post we wanted to focus on the second part of this topic: the reasons that can be cited in a covenant marriage divorce.

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Baby boomers still have higher divorce rate

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on April 18, 2014

We’ve previously discussed the divorce rate among older couples. Now, it seems like baby boomers are still driving the divorce rate higher in the United States, at least among older couples. 

A new study by the University of Minnesota found that the divorce rate has actually remained steady during the last few decades. Previously, research has hinted that the divorce rate has declined but the new study shows that it hasn’t. The researchers said when you look at the marriage rate compared to the divorce rate, the rate of divorces hasn’t changed. 

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What to know about choosing a covenant marriage: Part I

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Family Law on April 16, 2014

Did you know that prior to the 1960s, you needed to prove that your spouse had committed a grievous act that harmed the marriage before the courts would grant you a divorce? This was the case not only here in Arizona but in other states across the nation as well. But by 1985 that had changed in 49 states, including Arizona, because they had allowed for no-fault divorces.

But the idea of permitting a divorce without proving wrongdoing hasn’t sat well with some current politicians and has led at least three states to issue what are called covenant marriage licenses. Arizona is one of them. But what is a covenant marriage and what should our readers know about them?

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What to consider when filing taxes after a divorce

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on April 11, 2014

Did you recently get divorced? Have you filed your taxes yet? While those who are new to our blog might be confused by us asking these two questions back to back, some of our more frequent readers likely realize that there is a very good reason why we have brought this up. That’s because, first-time divorcees may not realize that a divorce can have a significant impact on how you file your taxes. And it’s exactly that which we will outline in this week’s post.

The first thing that will impact how you file your taxes is when you get divorced. According to the IRS, you are considered “unmarried” for tax purposes if you obtained your final divorce decree by the last day of the tax year. But things can get complicated depending on if you are seen as divorced or legally separated by the state.

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