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February 2013 Archives

Study finds sports play a significant role in father-daughter bonding

There is no question that a divorce can prove to be an incredibly difficult time for every single member of a family. However, the impact of the marital split can be particularly profound for a husband/father, who may find himself moving into new surroundings, dealing with new budgetary restrictions and, most significantly, adjusting to child custody/visitation arrangements.

Is February the unofficial divorce month?

Men and women who are stuck in bad relationships often stick it out until after Valentine's Day. But starting on February 15, all bets are off. In fact, spouses can find themselves served with divorce papers before Valentine's Day roses start wilting.

Southern state using novel methods to collect back child support

Previously, our blog reported on a rather novel law passed by the Louisiana state legislature back in 2010 to help offset the staggering amount of back child support - over $1 billion - owed to thousands of children throughout that state.

Unbridled Parties - the celebration of divorce as a life change

Once upon a time, divorce left many, especially women, with an unpleasant stigma to carry. Marriages were supposed to be "until death do us part," and those that dared to question this were often made to pay a price by society.

Family court judge questions former NBA star's parenting skills

Last month, former basketball star Allen Iverson and his estranged wife of 11 years, Tawanna, informed an Atlanta family law court that they had settled their differences and agreed to a financial settlement just days before their divorce trial was scheduled to begin.

Number of international adoptions continues to fall

U.S. residents are adopting a smaller number of children from foreign countries, according to the latest figures from the U.S. State Department. While there are many reasons for this decline, experts are placing much of the blame on restrictions enacted by some foreign governments. According to sources, U.S. residents completed 8,668 international adoptions in 2012. That is down from the 9,320 international adoptions in 2011. It's also down significantly -- 22 percent -- from the record high of 22,884 international adoptions set back in 2004. Overall, last year's international adoption numbers were the lowest since 1994, and international adoptions have actually declined steadily since 2004's record high.

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