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Divorce Rates For Women In the Military

Divorce rates for women in the military is double the divorce rate for men in the military. Approximately 8% of the women in the Armed Services of the United States obtained a divorce in 2010.  Only 3% of the men in the military were divorced in that year.  Dr. Benjamin Carney, a psychology professor at UCLA, conducted a study of divorce rates among military families between 1996 and 2005. This study showed that divorce rates for women in the military were 2 to 3 times higher than divorce rates for men.  Dr. Carney has two theories as to why the divorce rates for women are higher.  First is that the Armed Services are designed for military families that have civilian wives.  The Armed Services is not designed to deal with families where the husband is the civilian.  Marriages between men, who are in civilian life and women who have military careers have the highest  potential of ending in a divorce.  Men who have chosen military careers have civilian wives in 90% of the marriages.  However, women in the military have a majority of spouses that are also in the military service. Professor Carney also sees gender role reversals as an additional reason for the disparity between the divorce rates for men and women in the Armed Services.

Conclusion: If the Armed Services is going to be a more attractive place for women, action must be taken to help them maintain and keep their marriages going.

New York and Long Island Divorce Lawyers

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo handles all types of divorces. We represent individuals in the service as well as men and women in civilian life. We litigate divorce issues involving divorce grounds and family law related matters. We represent our clients concerning orders of protection, child custody, child abuse and child neglect matters. We negotiate separation agreements, pre nuptial and post nuptial agreements on behalf of our clients. We litigate issues involving mother’s rights and father’s rights. We help our clients deal with the division of property in divorces and we also work towards amicable resolution of divorce issues. Feel free to call us for a free consultation

3,250 Collective Years of Marriage

marriage-150x1501A vow renewal ceremony was held at Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, New York, to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The event marked the fourth time Rose and Nick Capobianco, both 89 years of age, had renewed their wedding vows. Rose and Nick have celebrated 68 anniversaries of their marriage. They have renewed their vows on the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of their marriage.

Sixty-Five Couples Renew Their Wedding Vows

There were sixty-five couples, representing 3,250 years of marriage, attending the marriage renewal ceremony. Town of North Hempstead Clerk, Leslie Gross, stated “today each couple stands before us reaffirming a commitment that has withstood the test of time.”

Fifty Percent of Marriages End in Divorce

At a time when approximately half of the marriages entered into in the State of New York end in divorce, it is refreshing to hear about successful marriages. The family structure is enhanced by successful marriages.  My parents are in their late 80’s and they have been married 65 years. Bravo for them!

New York Divorce Lawyers

I salute the fifty percent of the people who are married who never get divorced. But for the people who do get divorced, I can help them. My law office litigates divorce proceedings. We represent clients concerning child custody, child abuse and child neglect proceedings. We help our clients negotiate separation agreements when their break-ups are amicable. In marriages of short duration, we obtain annulments for our clients.

We litigate fathers’ rights issues, as well as mothers’ rights issues. We also draft pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Should you have questions concerning matrimonial or family court issues, feel free to call us for a consultation.

Update on No Fault Divorce in New York

New York modernized its divorce law in November of 2010. This was the first change in New York’s divorce law since the 1960s.

To obtain a divorce in New York, pursuant to Domestic Relations Law §170, “an action for divorce may be maintained by a husband or wife to procure a judgment divorcing the parties and dissolving the marriage on any of the following grounds…the relationship between the husband and the wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months, provided that one party has so stated under oath.”


Justice Muller in Essex County

Justice Robert J. Muller, sitting in the Supreme Court located in Essex County, New York, in the matter of Stroffolino v. Stroffolino, ruled that a party denying irreconcilable differences is entitled to a trial on this issue. This is the second judge in New York to order a trial on the issue of irreconcilable differences in New York. The issue before the court is whether a trial on the fault ground in these divorce cases violates the legislature’s intent to create a no fault divorce ground that avoids litigation.

In the case before Justice Muller in Essex County, Judith A. Strack asked the court for a no fault divorce, claiming her marriage had irretrievably broken down. She alleged that she and her husband lived apart during the week and they had separate interests. She also claimed they had separate friends, hobbies, acquaintances and had developed separate lifestyles. Unfortunately, Mr. Strack said his wife’s allegations were untrue.

Justice Muller, in a decision regarding the no fault divorce statute, concluded that the issue of irreconcilable differences was a triable issue. This brings into question whether New York’s new no-fault divorce ground will accomplish its goal of eliminating trials on the issue of fault in divorce.

divorce-150x119Fathers’ Rights Attorneys in New York

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been representing fathers regarding all aspects of fathers’ rights matters since the early 1980s. We litigate divorce cases. We have extensive practical experience in dealing with custody issues, child support, orders of protection, visitation issues, child abuse, child neglect and the equitable distribution of property in divorces.

In matrimonial cases, where the parties are reasonable and can discuss resolution, we assist our clients in negotiation of separation agreements and settlement agreements. When fathers are downsized or lose their jobs, we bring child support modification proceedings. Feel free to contact us at 1-800-344-6431; 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?

marry-150x150A recent study found that four out of ten Americans think marriage is obsolete.  This same study also showed that attitudes have been changing concerning gay relationships and gay marriage.  Today, an unwed couple can be the definition of a family situation.

Since the 1970’s, there has been a significant increase in the number of Americans who believe the institution of marriage is becoming obsolete.  In 1978, only 28% of Americans questioned by Time Magazine believed that marriage was becoming obsolete.  Today, that number has climbed to 39%.

Although marriage is becoming less popular in the United States, various attitudes reflect different racial, social and ethnic groups regarding the institution of marriage and are reflected in a survey conducted by Pew Research Center and Time Magazine.  The gap between marriage rates for college graduates and individuals with only a high school education is growing larger.  In 1960, the gap was only 4%.  Today, the gap is 16%.  Among college graduates, 64% now marry, as compared with 48% of individuals with only high school educations.  The reason the less educated Americans are marrying less often has to do with financial issues.

The study conducted by the Pew Research Center and Time Magazine also showed that 86% of respondents consider a single parent and a child to be a family.  If marriage rates go down, then divorce rates should go down.  Unfortunately, that is not the case. The divorce rate in most states in the United States is approximately 50%.

About our Firm: New York and Long Island Divorce Lawyers

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been handling divorces for men and women in the Metropolitan New York area for more than thirty years.  Our firm litigates all aspects of divorce proceedings, including child custody, visitation, division of property, fathers’ rights, mothers’ rights, and all issues concerning orders of protection.  If we can be of assistance to you, feel free to call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Joinder of Custody Claims and Post-divorce Claims Denied

childJustice Falanga, a Supreme Court Justice sitting in Nassau County, recently rendered an unusual decision in a post-matrimonial lawsuit. The parties had been married and the marriage had ended in divorce. In a post-judgement proceeding, the wife asked the court to hold the husband in contempt for his refusal to pay college expenses for the couples’ minor children.

The husband brought a counter-suit against the wife requesting that his obligations to pay child support for his older children be terminated. The husband, in his lawsuit, argued that the children constructively emancipated themselves (this means the children were independent and either no longer in the wife’s household or they were self-supporting).

The court ruled that the joinder of this two actions would cause “an inordinate delay of the adjudication of the wife’s post-judgement divorce enforcement application for college expenses”. Judge Falanga felt that this would be detrimental to the children. He stated in his decision, “children need to eat everyday”. The judge decided that the husband was obligated to fulfill his obligations for child support. The judge held that decision in the divorce were valid unless there was a further order setting it aside.

The court denied the husbands request to join the two issues. The judge’s decision stated the issue of the older children’s emancipation did not share common questions of law and fact with the wife’s application for payments of college expenses.

When life situations change, it is common for the non-custodial spouse to bring an application for reduction of child support.

Our office has been handling fathers rights case involving divorce, child custody, child support, support modification proceedings, orders of protection and paternity for more than 30 years. Call us at 1-800-344-6431 or contact us by email if you need legal assistance.

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