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Do You Know What The Number One Predictor Of Divorce Is? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 19:51

Have you ever wondered what the number one predictor of divorce is? Hint: it’s not screaming matches, money-related disagreements, mismatched parenting styles or in-law disputes. The number one predictor of divorce is good ole contempt.

According to Marie Claire, after four decades of studying couples at the Gottman Institute, Dr. John Gottman found that harboring feelings of contempt or disgust towards a partner causes marriages to come apart at the seams. Of course, it’s natural for feel frustrated or even annoyed with your mate from time to time, but once feelings of disdain develop, you’re in unhealthy territory.

“All relationships involve ongoing, perpetual problems that will resurface,” explains Gottman researcher Mike McNulty, Ph.D. “Partners who do not handle discussions of these problems well are at the most risk of divorce.”

Wondering if contempt might be eating away at your union? Think about the reoccurring issues that continue to surface in your relationship, such as disciplinary differences or debates about spending. How do you or your partner behave when discussing these matters?

Madam Noire has more.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 19:55
4 Lies Boomers Believe To Stay Unhappily Married PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 09:00

"When I look at his face I literally see red," Margaret said.

When 52-year-old Margaret (who has given me permission to share her story) became my client she'd been married to Ted for 25 years and they had two children, 12 and 15.

Ted was a binge drinker and Margaret was, in her own words, his "angry doormat, co-dependent, control freak."

She hid bottles of alcohol, tried to stop Ted from going out alone to social functions, covertly placed a tracking app on his cell phone, plead with him to get help, launched long-term, punishing silence campaigns, engaged in all-out verbal warfare, saying things she could never take back, and often in earshot of their kids.

"I did everything short of tasering him, putting him in a straight-jacket and locking him in the basement," she said.

The Huffington Post has more.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 23:20
American Bar Association President Pushes Online Models for Civil Disputes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:00

The president of the American Bar Association says the traditional method of providing pro bono legal services in civil matters to those who can’t afford to pay for an attorney isn’t working despite best efforts.

And William C. Hubbard wants those in the legal system to work more with tech companies finding a demand for online dispute resolution programs.

“Despite all of our best efforts, we have not closed this justice gap despite more pro bono work and more support,” Hubbard told a group of 200 attorneys and judges Thursday, June 18, at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual meeting, held this year in Memphis.

“The current system as it affects those who do not have access to justice is just broken and we need to fix it,” added Hubbard, who is an attorney from Columbia, S.C.

The Memphis Daily News has more.

Change the Way You Think About Divorce Mediation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:00

If you had a life threatening illness, would you go see any doctor as long as they had an office near your house?

Or, would you seek out the absolute best specialist, no matter where that doctor was located?

Hopefully, the latter.

So now that you’re about to go through a divorce - one of the most profoundly difficult and complex life events you'll ever experience, will you settle for just any mediator as long as they have an office nearby?

Equitable Mediation has more.

Mother loses appeal in turkey baster pregnancy case PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:10

Robert Boardwine's path to fatherhood was unconventional, but Virginia's appeals court said Tuesday he is legally entitled to be a part of his son's life.

Boardwine's friend, Joyce Bruce, had used his sperm and a turkey baster to get pregnant. She thought after she learned she was with child that they should just be friends.

CNN has more.

Who Knew I Was Not the Father? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 09:00

It was in July 2007 when Mike L. asked the Pennsylvania courts to declare that he was no longer the father of his daughter. For four years, Mike had known that the girl he had rocked to sleep and danced with across the living-room floor was not, as they say, “his.” The revelation from a DNA test was devastating and prompted him to leave his wife — but he had not renounced their child. He continued to feel that in all the ways that mattered, she was still his daughter, and he faithfully paid her child support. It was only when he learned that his ex-wife was about to marry the man who she said actually was the girl’s biological father that Mike flipped. Supporting another man’s child suddenly became unbearable.

The NY Times has more.


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