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3 key tips to help divorcees make it through Valentine’s Day

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce, Valentine’s Day can be a major downer. Turn on the TV, listen to the radio or walk into any store, and you’re immediately assaulted with romantic movies, heart-shaped balloons and a reminder to do something special for your sweetie. It can feel like a societal conspiracy to add salt to your already open, heartbroken wound.

What is alienation of affection?

Infidelity is one of the most common factors that people cite when ending their marriages. And in this state, extramarital affairs can have serious consequences when they lead to alienation of affection claims. Currently, there are only seven states in America that allow a spouse to bring a claim for alienation of affection. These states include Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and North Carolina.

A spouse may bring an alienation of affection claim against a third-party for depriving him or her of the love and affection of the other spouse. The third-party can be any person, such as a family member, friend, coworker or therapist. However, spouses usually bring alienation of affection claims against someone who is having an affair with their spouse.

Keeping hope alive when your marriage hits a rough patch

The cause of a marriage heading south isn't always clear. Maybe there was a breach of trust. Perhaps it feels like the two of you have nothing in common anymore. Or you may just have a gut feeling that something feels off--disconnected--and you don't know how to make it better.

Why it can pay—literally—to divorce before the end of the year

State laws surrounding divorce vary widely across the country, and are often open to change. Federal laws affecting divorce, on the other hand, are comparatively stable. However, there is one new federal law that stands to have a major impact on divorcing couples nationwide.

Student loans and debt can drive couples apart

Marriage is a partnership between two individuals. No matter what how love-stricken and ready you may feel going into a marriage, life as a couple is different than life as two individuals. Most couples merge finances and assets. If there is a disparity in wealth between the two of you, or considerable debt, it influences your relationship in other ways.

The advantages of being the first to file for divorce

Marriages can disintegrate in a variety of ways. One spouse may be unhappy for a long time, while the other may not even realize there’s a problem. In other cases, both parties may be struggling in the relationship, and the progression towards divorce seems inevitable—it’s just a matter of time.

When you’re going through a divorce, your dog’s hurting too.

You and your spouse have decided to call it quits. You’re probably busy divvying up your possessions, making claims on shared friends and sorting out your alimony. What you probably aren’t doing, however, is considering how this major turn of events is impacting your dog.

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