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You’ve spent countless hours building your business and you’re just now fully reaping the benefits of your hard work while facing the prospect of divorce. Since Alabama courts can divide marital property in any manner they deem acceptable, the last thing you want is to leave the decision in the hands of a judge, especially if your spouse had little or nothing to do with helping you as you nurtured your company.

Usually when divorce comes up in public conversation, it’s in terms of the kind of armed-to-the-teeth battles that destroy lives and make for great T.V.

In the first of its kind in the world, a study into wedding dates revealed that certain wedding dates leave the couples with a higher chance of getting a divorce later on. Weddings taking place on Valentine’s Day or dates with special numbers or sequence of numbers, like 9/9/99 or 1/2/03 have an 18 to 36 percent higher chance of ending in divorce, according to a study by University of Melbourne economists.

No two married couples are alike. Accordingly, it makes sense that the reasons couples would decide to end a marriage would vary. Regardless of why a couple pursues a divorce, a recent study finds there are some similarities when it comes to when those filings are likely to come. Specifically, the study found that the months of March and August are the most common for this to happen.

If you’re planning a divorce you should concentrate on the future, not the past. While there are multiple matters that need to be addressed in the course of a divorce, an extremely important aspect is dealing with your finances.

The typical American family carries a substantial amount of debt past the mortgage and car payments. Credit card debt is also often an issue for couples. While a focus of many divorces is the division of assets, when a couple decides to divorce, in addition to their assets, their debt must be divided as well.

For those who are in common law marriages in Alabama, or who plan to enter into that type of marriage before the end of the year, it’s important to know that changes are being made to the laws surrounding those types of unions. Essentially, the practice of common law marriage is going to end in the state beginning on the first of January, 2017. Many other states have already done away with common law marriages, and Alabama is planning on following their lead. However, that doesn’t mean that current common law marriages will no longer be valid.

There is no question that social media accounts are a part of the lives of many. People use them for a variety of purposes including to share information with friends, to meet new people and network. Regardless of the reasons behind someone’s decision to share this way, because whatever is posted will be out there-accessible forever-it is important to seriously consider what you are sharing before taking the action. This is particularly true in situations where couples are divorcing.

When the Supreme Court of the United States rules that same-sex marriage was legal throughout the nation, many people cheered. Some couples, including those residing in Alabama, waited for years to secure the right. Because it is inevitable that some relationships will fail, the existence of same-sex marriage necessitates the existence of same-sex divorce as well. Same-sex couples seeking to pursue this option in Alabama could find this process is more complicated than for other couples.

You may have seen the news story last month claiming that Alabama is the worst state when it comes to getting a divorce. ABC 33/40 picked up the report from an online divorce preparation service that conducted the study.

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