For a couple planning and setting up a wedding and marriage, the last thing they want to think about is the possibility of the marriage failing. Unfortunately, the statistics in the United States suggest that approximately half of all marriages ultimately fail.
Alimony, or spousal support can be a temporary or permanent award to one spouse following a divorce. Because the roles between each spouse vary often during the course of a marriage, each spouse may not be on the same "playing field" following a divorce when each spouse must live on his or her own.
You were high school sweethearts that thought your relationship would last forever. That is why the two of you decided to get married during your sophomore year of college. Two years later and the regret is starting to set in. You are on the verge of completing your undergraduate degree in anthropology and he is finishing his business degree. While you are ready to spend the next several years working on your doctorate and traveling to far off countries, he wants to finish his master's and move back to your hometown to open his own accounting practice.
For divorcing couples with children, although the relationship has inevitably changed an amicable and appropriate relationship must still take place while both parents work to fulfill their child custody and child support duties. Depending on the nature and character of each spouse, this is often easier said than done. But, regardless of your personal feelings for your ex-spouse, this person is still a parent to your child or children, and both sides must make an effort to keep things as peaceful as possible, despite possible temptations otherwise. Although many divorced couples are able to maintain healthy relationships, some ex-spouses just cannot get over the past, and resentments an anger may still come out. So, how does one handle an angry ex-spouse?
Domestic violence has been an issue in the United States for many years. This was recently acknowledged by the United States Surgeon General who cited it as the biggest health concern in America. Domestic violence can take many forms, some obvious, some less obvious, some hidden to everyone but the victim, and some forms that may not even be aware to the victim.