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New data shows 79% of separations end in divorce

New data suggests that nearly 79 percent of all couples that separate will eventually be divorced.

A researcher from Ohio State University presenting at the Population Association of America, stated that “Separation is very common and is more common than immediate divorce. Most separations last one year or less, but a few drag on a decade or more before ending in divorce. Other separations stay unresolved.”

One factor that determines whether or not a couple separates first or goes straight to divorce is whether or not there are children under age 5. To find these results, data was collected from 7,272 people who were between the ages of 14 and 22 in the year 1979. Researchers looked into whether or not the individuals were ever married, separated or divorced.

The study found that 51 percent were still married, 60 percent had gone through a marital separation, and of these 79 percent divorced. The average length of separation is two years.

If you or a loved one are currently separated and would like to learn more  about your divorce options, contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378.

Marc Anthony officially files for divorce from Jennifer Lopez

Nine months after making a statement that they would be splitting up, Marc Anthony has now filed for divorce from Jennifer Lopez.

Online entertainment news source, TMZ, broke the story after they claimed that sources close the couple had a “heart-to-heart” talk about their marriage and whether or not they were ready to end it.

It was also reported that Anthony was not ready to file for divorce, but Lopez had already found a new love interest. After the talk, Anthony filed divorce papers.

If you or a loved one has been considering filing for divorce, this is a stressful time for the whole family. Contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq by calling (732) 898-2378 today.

No-fault divorces may be allowing for larger alimony payments

In 2010, the state of New York adopted the no-fault  divorce law in attempts to avoid assigning blame in divorce cases. Many were very excited with the passing of the new law, but one year later, a few concerning outcomes are starting to be seen.

One of them is the the law of temporary alimony and the strict guidelines that judges have to set this. The temporary alimony was meant to protect those who did not have as much money, but in some cases, it is completely shifting the financial situation of the couple.

“It really impacts the payer spouse in a way that sometimes is draconian,” said Sondra Miller, a retired judge who led a state commission between 2004 and 2006 to evaluate New York’s divorce laws and currently mediates divorces. “It’s not a well-thought-out piece of legislation.”

Those in favor of this law have admitted that there are some issues with is and are attempting to correct them. The formula used to assign alimony applies to those who make up to $524,000 a year and was meant to make sure that people who could not afford(mainly women) were still treated fairly in the courtroom.

If you or a loved one is considering divorce, you need representation on your side. Contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq, by calling (732) 898-2378 and speaking to a legal professional.

Custody cases involving pets increase in U.S.

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of custody cases that involve pets in divorce cases.

In a 2006 survey, it was found that the number of custody cases that determine the fate of a pet has grown nearly 15 percent. Attorneys have stated that the court tends to lean toward leaving the pet with the child if there is a child, but in cases where the pet is considered the child to the couple, it becomes a more difficult situation.

In the past, pets have been considered to be more of property, but now they are seen as children. Also, there are currently no laws that state how visitation will work for with pets so it is left up to the split couple to discuss.

Divorce can affect almost every aspect of life and this i why it is important to make sure that you have experienced representation on your side. Contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. by calling (732) 898-2378 today.

N.J. school, where Whitney Houston began singing, mourns death

In New Jersey, the Whitney E. Houston Performing Arts Center is mourning the death of singing icon, Whitney Houston. This school was where Houston began to show her vocal talent and shined as a member of the choir and chorus.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the flag outside of the school is now flying half mast out of respect for the 48-year-old singer who attended the school. Houston died Saturday of causes that have not been determined yet.

The principle of the school and former neighbor of Houston, stated that Houston’s success helped inspire children in the area that they to can overcome challenges and follow their dreams. Fans continue to bring flowers, balloons and candles to the school in order to honor the life of Houston.

Divorce rate dropping across the nation

The divorce rate has been dropping across the nation and has fallen five percent since 1996.

Researchers in the area have stated that the struggling economy may be a reason for this because divorce can be very expensive. Data has shown that there is a link between the employment rate and divorce.

The higher the unemployment rate is in an area, the lower the divorce rate is. Data also shows that men are getting divorced at older ages and the average age is between 35 and 54. The number one reason that couples decide to divorce is infidelity and second is said to be communication issues.

If you or a loved one has been considering divorce, you need representation on your side that can help you through this legal process step by step. Contact the Monmouth divorce lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. by calling (732) 898-2378 today.