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Kansas court says sperm donor must pay child support PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:00

A Kansas sperm donor caught in the middle of a child support case says he wanted to help a lesbian couple when he made the donation nearly five years ago.

Instead, he may end up paying for his action.

A judge ruled that William Marotta must pay child support, even though he says he signed documents waiving his parental rights.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi said on Wednesday that Marotta failed to conform to Kansas law, which says a licensed physician must be involved in an artificial insemination process, court documents show. [ link ]

Dad spent 2.5 years in prison for blogging about his divorce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:00

In 2008, Indiana father Dan Brewington took to his blog to chronicle the difficulties surrounding his divorce proceedings. Frustrated by the lack of answers he received from the closed case file, he posted documents, along with his musings, online, and ended up serving time in prison as a result.

'The custody evaluator wasn't being consistent in his statements,' he told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd. 'I started questioning it, raising it with the court. Nobody could provide me with a legitimate answer. So what I wound up doing was making a website and a blog. And I put the information on the internet.'

But it was Brewington's criticism of the judge in his case that ended up landing him in prison. [ link ]

Doctor accused of spying on ex-wife during divorce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Friday, 24 January 2014 09:00

Dr. Steven Curley, a surgeon and cancer researcher from Texas, is accused of using computer software to spy on his ex-wife during their divorce proceedings.

Back in 2011, Curley and a computer analyst, Hank Lehmann, allegedly installed eBlaster (software that some parents use to track their children) on her computer to record emails, chats and web searches.

They both face second degree felony charges and face up to 20 years in prison if convinced. [ link ]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:08
What If We Treated Marriage More Like the Contract It Is? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:00

I've been married twice, and both times I went into it with a lot of hope and enthusiasm. Both times, I planned to remain married to this person forever and ever, amen. And both times, I didn't. Both times, I was the instigator in the divorce.

I reflect on that often, and wonder how much we as a couple failed, and how much was a failure of the institution of marriage itself. Is marriage essentially flawed, or am I?

The word contract is used to describe both marriage and business, with one big difference; we go into marriage with a naïve, "YES! Whatever, forever! Love conquers all!" Yet we enter our relationships with our cell phone companies with multi-page documents. We start a relationship with our mortgage holder with at least a 30-page document.

People sign agreements with employers committing to binding arbitration and non-competition clauses, but we place our happiness in trust based on unspecified faith in love. I can't be the only one who thinks that maybe we need to put as much thought into the marriage contract as we do all the other contracts in our lives. [ link ]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:08
Men these days of all ages are wanting less stress? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:00

The Social Science Research Centre in Berlin compared recent data to data gathered in 2007. Six years ago, the organization polled 2,000 men and women, asking them about their preferences in a partner. Last year, they re-interviewed some of those subjects. Researchers found that over two-thirds of the men now want a partner who is financially independent. In 2007, financial independence was only important to around half of the men.

In the recent poll, 76 percent of the men said that having an unemployed partner was out of the question. Forty-five percent said they want a high-earning woman.

In a segment for HuffPost Live, relationship expert Teri Orbuch explained:

"Men these days of all ages are wanting less stress, and less stress means having a partner or spouse who can bring in resources ... What that translates to in the relationship is not making all the decisions in the relationship."

Read more about the findings here. [ link ]

Should You Divorce Your Spouse For Your Lover? Consider This First PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Monday, 23 September 2013 09:00

That's it. You've decided you're leaving today to be with your soulmate. Never again will you settle for the dreary, disconnected existence you've been living, when you can have the breath-stopping, romantic, intoxicating life you've been having in secret during your affair.

Sound familiar? If you're considering ending your current relationship for a new relationship, you may want to slow down and ask yourself these questions first. [ link ]


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