Archive for May, 2010

Is Facebook Causing Divorces?

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Is Facebook Causing Divorces?

An international article was recently published online (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Tech/Social-Media/Facebook-fuelling-divorce/articleshow/5885855.cms) discussing the causal effect of increased use of Facebook and other networking websites in divorces.  The article stated that as many as 20% of British Divorces made mention of Facebook as a part of the cause.

In Arizona, it will be much more difficult to assess the impact of social networks, as Arizona is a no-fault divorce state so specific allegations of infidelity are not required in court paperwork.

While the impact of Facebook on divorces comes in many forms, the most typical is the rekindling of long lost love or the locating of a first love from childhood days and the associated re-kindling of that romance.

Because of the reduced barriers when on-line, flirting that would never occur in person often does occur over the internet and people who may not have otherwise allowed themselves to become emotionally and romantically unfaithful to a current spouse may find that is exactly what has happened.

To contact an Arizona divorce lawyer, please check out our website at www.yourarizondivorcelawyer.com.

CAN I DISCHARGE DEBTS TO A FORMER SPOUSE IN BANKRUPTCY?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

CAN I DISCHARGE DEBTS TO A FORMER SPOUSE IN BANKRUPTCY?

Certain debts to a spouse or former spouse may be discharged in a bankruptcy.  However, the rules are quite complicated and you should carefully discuss the debts with a knowledgeable attorney.

Certain debts to a spouse or former spouse cannot be discharged in bankruptcy under the recent bankruptcy changes.  These include debts closely related to the support or maintenance of a spouse or children, including child support and spousal maintenance.

Other debts, usually debts to even out or equalize a property division in a divorce, may be dischargeable but only in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

Occasionally these distinctions can be significantly blurred.  If payments to a former spouse are not clearly designated as either maintenance or equalization of property, the fight avoided in the divorce case may re-erupt in a non-dischargeability action in the subsequently filed bankruptcy case.

To speak with an attorney about your divorce or bankruptcy questions, please contact McGuire Gardner today.

For more information, or to contact an Arizona divorce lawyer, please check out our website at www.yourarizondivorcelawyer.com.