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December 2011 Archives

Crime novelist accused of hiring hit man to kill husband

It's a story you would expect to find in a crime novel: A woman finds that her husband has been cheating. Rather than simply asking for a divorce, she hires a hit man to get back at him. That's what police are alleging happened between a couple in Texas, which is fitting because the wife accused in this true-life story is a crime novelist. Now that she's been arrested, she might be penning her next book from behind bars.

Divorce follows assault allegations against singer Rodney Atkins

Despite outward appearances, the marriages of celebrities can dissolve just as quickly as anyone else's. Country music star Rodney Atkins, who by some accounts seemed to have one of the most solid marriages in show business, has announced that he and his wife plan to divorce after almost 13 years, citing irreconcilable differences.

Divorced parents can still get more family time with kids

The holidays can be a tough time for divorced parents, especially those whose children are scheduled to spend them with their other parent. Loneliness can settle in and suck out all the joy we're supposed to feel at this time of year.

Having trouble getting child support? Follow these tips

You went to court, got your divorce, and reached a settlement with your ex on child support. But the checks didn't come. Why not? There could be any number of reasons, but one thing is certain: You are not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than half of the parents owed child support end up receiving the full amount. About one-third receive a portion of it, and nearly a quarter of parents receive none at all.

Divorcing your husband? Put these items on your to-do list

It may come as no surprise that a lot of women wait until after the end-of-year holidays to file for divorce. It would seem much easier: You're pressed for time and money, you don't want to upset the kids, and you'd rather avoid all the probing questions relatives are bound to ask. That may be why more divorces are filed in January than any other month. It's the month of resolutions and fresh starts, after all. But some end-of-year planning now can make the transition smoother for women approaching divorce, according to one financial adviser.

When divorce gets dangerous, take steps for protection

Too often we hear stories about a divorce that erupts into physical violence. The violence may have been a problem in the marriage and the cause of the breakup. In other cases, it seems to come out of nowhere,  but is the result of escalating emotions prevelant in most divorces. If your own family is suffering from tension that could lead to violence, it's important to pay attention and take steps to stop things from getting worse.

Ex-fiancé of missing woman reunited with children

In situations involving conflict between parents, such as a divorce or custody battle, children often experience distress, even when the parents say they want what's best for them. Sometimes a family conflict rises to a level where the government intervenes, making it even harder for children to feel comfortable and stable.

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