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RI Divorce Lawyer Brenda L. Fortune Post Divorce Rates in the United States

07 Dec

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you are not alone.  41% of first marriages end in divorce.  The probablity of divorce  increases dramatically for second or third marriages.  So what is the problem, are some people not meant to be married?  Maybe, the answer is that simple. 

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According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America:
The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

Age at marriage for those who divorce in America

Age Women Men
Under 20 years old 27.6% 11.7%
20 to 24 years old 36.6% 38.8%
25 to 29 years old 16.4% 22.3%
30 to 34 years old 8.5% 11.6%
35 to 39 years old 5.1% 6.5%

Rhode Island RI Divorce and Child Custody Lawyer Brenda L. Fortune Post Excerpt from American Bar Association Guide to Marriage, Divorce and Families

06 Dec

Separation, Annulment, and DivorceCharles and Rachel are considering ending their marriage, but they are not sure that is what they want to do. They have decided to live apart for a while. They want to know their rights and obligations regarding support, time with children, and use of assets that they acquired during the marriage. What are their options?

Slightly less than half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. The divorce rate is down from a peak in 1979-1981, but the current divorce rate is still near double what it was in the 1950s. Meanwhile, the marriage rate has been dropping since the 1980s – down 30 percent between 1980 and 2004.

The state sets the requirements for creating a marriage. The state also sets the requirements for ending a marriage, but the regulations are more complicated since there are more issues to sort out when a marriage ends than when it begins. (Perhaps if before marriage, men and woman spent more time exploring issues they will have to deal with during marriage, the divorce rate would be lower.)

Separation, as the term implies, means the wife and husband are living apart. The wife and husband generally are not required to separate in order to obtain a divorce, although for psychological reasons, it usually works out that way. In some states, certain grounds for divorce may require that the parties live apart for a specified period of time, but in most states there are grounds for divorce that do not require a period of separation.

A legal separation also means the husband and wife are living apart, but a legal separation has the added element that the arrangement is ordered by the court or agreed to by the parties in a written document. The fact that the separation is part of a court order or written agreement makes it a “legal separation”

Payments of support during a period of separation sometimes are called temporary maintenance or alimony pendente lite. (“Pendente lite” is a Latin phrase which means “while the action is pending.”) If the person obliged to make such payments fails to do so, a court could order the payments and take steps to enforce payments, such as garnishing wages or bank accounts or holding a person in contempt of court.

Written agreements regarding support are necessary if the person making the payments wishes to claim a tax deduction for paying support to the spouse. If the person paying support obtains a deduction for the amount paid, then the same amount will be treated as taxable income to the recipient. Without a written agreement or court order, the payments of support will not be deductible to the payer, nor would they be treated as income to the recipient.
If the husband and wife have children, the separation agreement or court order can specify arrangements regarding custody, visitation, or parenting time with the children, and those arrangements also can be enforced by the court. A separation agreement also can provide for who will occupy the family home while the divorce is pending and the degree to which the parties can liquidate or transfer assets, such as funds in an investment account.

An informal or legal separation does not mean the husband and wife must divorce. They are free to reconcile at any time and resume living together. For some couples, a separation serves as a cooling off period—a method of relieving immediate pressure while they sort out what they want to do with their lives.

If husband and wife decide to live together again and there is a court action pending, the action should be dismissed (at least after the couple is reasonably sure they will stay together). “Dismissed” means the case is taken off the list of active cases before the court. If the couple does not dismiss their pending case, the court usually will dismiss the case automatically if nothing has been done on the case after a certain period of time (such as six months to one year). If the husband or wife later decides to divorce, the case can be refiled.

Reasons to Separate Legally
The main reason for obtaining a legal separation instead of an informal separation is to make the rights and responsibilities of the parties during the period of separation more certain. If one party–usually the wife–will be receiving financial support during the period of separation, the court order or written agreement will make support an enforceable right.

A separation (or legal separation) is not the same as a divorce. Persons who are separated may not remarry. They must wait until a divorce is final before being able to remarry. The terms of a separation agreement usually can be modified by the court or by the parties themselves during the period of separation. Courts, or the husband and wife by agreement, also can modify the provisions of support, custody and visitation when the divorce is finalized.

Terms of Separation
If the final terms of a divorce are likely to be contested, the parties should be cautious about what they accept as a voluntary, temporary arrangement during separation. Although courts usually have the power to depart from the terms of a separation agreement when entering a final order of divorce, judges may look at the status quo and think, “If this arrangement was workable during separation, it should work after divorce too.” If someone is agreeing to terms during a period of separation that they would not want to live with after the divorce, they should make abundantly clear in the separation agreement that they are not binding themselves to the same conditions after the divorce is final.

An annulment is a court ruling that a supposed marriage was never valid. One of the most common grounds for annulment is fraud. For example, one person may have not disclosed to the other a prior divorce, a criminal record, or an unwillingness to have sexual intercourse. An annulment also may be granted may if one of the parties to the “marriage” was still married to someone else at the time of the marriage that is at issue. Other bases for annulments include marriage of an underage person, marriage to too close a blood relative, and marriage by a person who was under duress as the time of marriage.

Annulments are uncommon compared to divorces because divorces are generally easy to obtain and the bases for an annulment are narrower than the bases for a divorce. One party may prefer an annulment, however, in order to avoid some of the financial obligations that a court might impose in a divorce. For more discussion of legal annulments, Aside from annulments granted by a court, a person also may seek a religious annulment of a marriage. A few religions will not permit a member of the faith to enter into a marriage if the member already had one valid marriage. In that circumstance, a person who was divorced would not be permitted to remarry by a member of the clergy of that faith since the divorce implies that a valid marriage existed. However, if the member was able to obtain a declaration by religious court or religious official that the first marriage was not valid, then the member may be free to remarry.

If a person seeking a divorce (or legal annulment) is concerned about the ability to remarry within his or her faith, that person should seek an agreement or court order that the former spouse will cooperate in obtaining a religious annulment or divorce.

A divorce—referred to in some states as a dissolution of marriage—is a decree by a court that a valid marriage no longer exists. A divorce leaves both parties free to remarry. A judgment of divorce (the formal paper issued by the court) usually provides for division of property and makes arrangements for child custody and support, if applicable.

Although divorces may be emotionally contentious, most divorces (probably more than 95 percent) do not end up in a contested trial. Usually the parties negotiate and settle such things as division of property, spousal support, and child custody between themselves, often with an attorney’s help. Sometimes parties reach an agreement by mediation, with a trained mediator who tries to help husband and wife identify and accommodate common interests. The parties then present their negotiated or mediated agreement to a judge. Approval of a mediated agreement is virtually automatic if the agreement appears to meet a minimal standard of fairness. Mediation is discussed more in chapter 16.

If parties are unable to agree about property, support, and child custody, they may ask the court to decide one or more of those issues. Chapters 10-13 will discuss how courts decide those issues.

A threshold requirement for obtaining a divorce in most states is residency or domicile of one or both parties who are to be divorced. “Residency” refers to the state in which a person lives; “domicile” refers to the state that the person regards as “home.” Usually the state of a person’s residency and domicile are the same, but sometimes they can be different. For example, a couple may reside four months each year in the state of their “summer home,” but regard another state where they spend the rest of the year as their true home (and that state would be the state of their domicile).

Residency (or domicile) requirements vary. A few states have no residency requirement. That means a person can arrive in a state and seek a divorce on the same day. Residency requirements of other states range from six weeks to one year; six months is the most common time period. In states with a residency requirement, a party must have lived in the state for the specified period before a divorce can be granted.

The party seeking a divorce must state a ground for divorce in the papers filed with the court. The grounds may be based on no-fault or fault, depending on the state. All states now offer no-fault divorces, although some states require a long period of separation before a no-fault-divorce is granted. Approximately thirty-two states also offer fault-based grounds as an additional option.

A no-fault divorce is a divorce in which neither the wife nor husband blames the other for breakdown of the marriage. There are no accusations necessary to obtain a divorce—no need to prove “guilt” or “fault.” Common bases for a no-fault divorce are “irreconcilable differences,” “irretrievable breakdown,” or “incompatibility.” As those terms imply, the marriage is considered to be over, but the court and the legal documents do not try to assign blame.

Another common basis for a no-fault divorce is that the parties have lived separately for a certain period of time, such as for six months or a year, with the intent that the separation be permanent.

Over the last forty years, “no-fault” has replaced “fault” as the dominant basis for obtaining a divorce. No-fault divorces are considered a more humane and realistic way to end a marriage. Husbands and wives who are divorcing usually are suffering enough without adding more fuel to the emotional fires by trying to prove who-did-what-to-whom. The laws of no-fault divorce recognize that human relationships are complex and that it is difficult to prove that a marriage broke down solely because of what one person did.

Some critics of no-fault divorces are concerned that an economically dependent spouse may not be adequately protected when it is so easy for the other spouse to obtain a divorce. The critics argue that no-fault divorces result in lower awards of property and support to economically dependent spouses than fault-based divorces. Proof of cause-and-effect on this issue is far from certain.

In the approximately thirty-two states that allow divorces based on fault (in addition to no-fault divorces), the grounds for fault-based divorces vary. Here is a list of the possible grounds: (1) adultery, (2) physical cruelty, (3) mental cruelty, (4) attempted murder, (5) desertion, (6) habitual drunkenness, (7) use of addictive drugs, (8) insanity, (9) impotency (usually unknown to the partner at the time of marriage), and (10) infection of one’s spouse with venereal disease.

Choosing Grounds for Divorce
Husbands or wives in the mood for revenge probably could come up with a multi-count complaint. Some spouses want the emotional release of proving fault by their mates. But courts are not a very good forum for such personal issues, and the accuser is usually less satisfied than he or she expected to be. The degree to which “fault” affects division of property, support, and custody will be discussed in the chapters on those subjects.

Covenant Marriages
Legislators in some states have adopted a concept called “covenant marriage.” As of 2005, three states have laws regarding covenant marriage—Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Louisiana adopted the first covenant marriage law in 1997.

Under covenant marriage laws, couples seeking a marriage license are given a choice of obtaining a regular marriage license or a convenant marriage license. With a covenant marriage license, a couple commits to undergoing premarital counseling and to seek counseling before seeking a divorce. In addition, the grounds for divorce are narrower with a covenant marriage than a regular marriage. Depending on the law of the state, the grounds for divorce for a covenant marriage may be restricted to the more serious fault-based grounds, such physical abuse or adultery.

Proponents of covenant marriage see it is a way to strengthen marriage and deter divorce. Critics of convent marriage are concerned that the law may keep people in conflictual, dysfunctional relationships for a longer period of time, and this can be harmful to children as well as to the husband and wife. In the three states with covenant marriage laws, only 1 to 2 percent of people marrying have opted for covenant marriages instead of regular marriages.

Resumption of Unmarried Name
A woman who divorces, who had taken her husband’s last name during their marriage, may resume her unmarried name or keep her married name as she wishes. She can even change her name to something completely new, as long as she is not doing so for fraudulent purposes. Court proceedings generally are not necessary in order to change a name.

If a woman is changing her name, she should notify government agencies and private companies that have records of her name. Examples of places to notify: Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Passport Agency (within U.S. State Department), Post Office, state and local tax agencies, driver’s license bureau, voter registration bureau, professional licensing agencies, professional societies, unions, mortgage companies, landlord, banks, charge card companies, telephone companies, cable company other utilities, magazines and newspapers to which she subscribes, doctors and dentists, and schools and colleges that she attended or that her children attend.

It can be useful to have the divorce decree state that the wife will resume her unmarried name, but generally it is not necessary to do so in order for a woman to make a valid name-change.

•A legal separation can be an agreement signed by the parties, an order of the court, or both. A legal separation creates legal rights that can be enforced by a court while the divorce is pending. These rights might include child support, alimony, occupancy of the family home, and allocation of time with children.

•All states have some form of no-fault divorce, such as irreconcilable differences or incompatibility. As an alternative, most states (but not all states) have grounds for divorce based on fault, such as mental cruelty, physical cruelty, and adultery.

The American Bar Association Guide to Marriage, Divorce & Families

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What did you learn about yourself from your divorce?

05 Dec


Vicki Larson

Journalist, daydreamer, freelance columnist

A Cliché Saved My Life

Excerpted and revised from Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in Our 40s, a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund.

“Who’s that?” my older son asks me as he and his younger brother peer over my shoulder as we flip through the pages of a family photo album.

“Who do you think?”

“I have no idea. Aunt Liz?”

“No silly, it’s me.”

“Eww! What did you do to your hair?”

That’s actually a tough question to answer when faced with the questionable hair choices of one’s youth. Well, I know full well what I did to it; why is another matter.

“It’s a perm. I used to like those. Why?”

“Ugh. Your hair looks messy,” the older son says.

“Yeah,” the younger one chimes in. “It looks like it’s fried or something.”

They are right, but more than my hair was a bit messy and fried back then. I was in my 30s in the photo, a former career woman adjusting to a world of full-time suburban motherhood for which nothing quite prepared me. I looked like a grown-up, despite the juvenile decisions I had made about my hair; I had a beautiful husband, I had two beautiful kids, I lived in a beautiful house, I drove a … well, a shiny new minivan.

But looking back on that woman more than a decade later, I realize I don’t really know who she was. And that’s because she didn’t know who she was. It took a Big 0 birthday and the transformation into a cliché — a 40-something divorced mother — for me to understand. I was horrified with this new label; as middle-aged clichés go, it is perhaps the most cliché of them all. The only way I could have made it worse was if I had studied for a Realtor license; become a marriage, family and child therapist; or run off to Provence to buy a villa or to India to find myself.

Like many women who’ve gone the distance in a marriage — 14 years — and motherhood, I had given up parts of myself. It happened in such a slow, seemingly innocuous way that I almost couldn’t tell. But I was a willing volunteer; I was a mother, a wife, a homeowner. All of these required sacrifices. I’d slowly let go of the things I loved to do because I was too busy doing other things, like making 25 red construction paper roses for a third-grade Valentine’s Day party or driving the PTA meeting/grocery store/dry cleaner/Little League-Boy Scout-soccer-practice route. I didn’t regret it — I realized it’s just what moms do.

I wasn’t necessarily unhappy, or even all that restless; or if I was, I was too busy to notice. Plus, my husband and I appeared to be a happily married couple, and it often felt that way, too. I didn’t mind being married and a stay-at-home mommy, even though I had morphed into something unrecognizable from the girl I once was. Even though I never quite felt comfortable saying I was “just” a housewife and mother of two rambunctious boys when asked, “So, what do you do?”

I’d like to say that I had an epiphany, or the arrival of some sort of spiritual guide, or a visualization that would welcome me into my next phase. Or even that I sought out life coaches or mentors to guide me into a decade in which my growing boys would no longer need me the way they once had, and how that would change my life and my relationship with my husband. Instead, I was smacked across the face with it by the discovery of my husband’s infidelities.

There was no way that I could have anticipated how a life I spent a decade and a half building could unravel so quickly. There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned crisis to wake you up from the “Groundhog Day” of being a minivan-driving suburban soccer mom.

All my busyness stopped, and I went into survival mode. There were long stretches where all I did was cry, talk to shrinks and read self-help books, months during which I couldn’t sleep or eat. Not quite what I thought my 40s would be like. I panicked — who would want a 40-something woman with two young kids?

As fate would have it, a 20-something did. He didn’t want me forever — he wanted to eventually get married and have babies. But he did want me. And against what I would have thought was my better judgment, I wanted him, and not forever either. I had just gotten out of what I thought would be a “forever.” Our connection was spiritual, intellectual and, yes, sexual, although I’m not sure two romps really count all that much. It was a starter fling. But what was unspoken was this: someone found me attractive at the exact time that I was feeling most unattractive; someone found me exciting while another saw me as routine; someone thought I had something to say while another saw me as a nag; someone saw me as a sensual woman to explore and delight in while another would rather sleep — or sleep around.

So my new clichéd life as a 40-something divorced mother added yet another clichéd dimension — the younger man. I had to ask myself if I had somehow become a character in a chick-lit book, and a marginally written one at that.

But my fling helped soften the world that had crumbled around me — my marriage exploded right after 9/11, right when my dearest friend moved with her family across the country, right when everyone I wanted to hold close had other ideas. Were my 40s going to be the decade of loss?

Oddly enough, it became the decade of discovery. While the divorce unearthed an inner strength I didn’t realize I had, my brief love affair gave me the gift of confidence. I realized I’d been given a chance to get to know who I was in my 40s, irrespective of a partner, now that housewife had been stricken from the list — even though, sadly, the minivan hadn’t.

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When Kids Of Divorce Travel Alone, What Do You Do? 10 Tips

04 Dec


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Article by Jill Brooke: Blended Families Expert and Author of “Don’t Let Death Ruin Your Life”

It’s one thing when you’re flying solo–actually it can be fun–but not when it’s your kid. Your heart suffers more turbulence than a plane caught in a Colorado snowstorm. But for divorced moms or dads, sending their little ones off alone on a plane to meet the other parent for the annual holiday vacation or scheduled visit is a reality they must face.

And millions of parents ranging from Madonna to Reese Witherspoon will be facing this challenge in the coming weeks.

Here are some strategies that I found as essential as safety belts and more healthy than drinking too much wine.

With the increase of divorced kids flying alone, airlines now make provisions for them. UM’s–as in unaccompanied minor – is what kids are called. Instead of making their airline reservation via internet, call the airlines, since they require information on who will deliver the child and who will pick them up at the destination. Both people must have photo ID and cell phones.

The parent will be given a pass to accompany the child to the departure gate and must stay until the flight takes off. Kids 5-7 can fly only non-stop.

UM’s require an extra payment – usually around $25 – and this will include the cost of the airline staff watching over them on the flight and ushering them to meet the other parent at arrival gate. But if there are two kids flying solo, it will be only one fee.

Prepare your child that he/she is going to fly alone by calling it an adventure and spell out all the procedures so they know what to expect.

Don’t rely on Jetblue’s TV channels to occupy them the whole time. Just in case, send them off with coloring books, cards and a few games. And if they’re older, a cellphone, book and computer.

Pack an extra snack because just like you, they may gag at airline food. And hungry kids are cranky kids. You don’t want passengers to howl in protest.

Kids feel safe and secure when there is something familiar with them. Make sure they have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal or doll with them. Or a cozy sweater or shawl. I admit that I even sprayed a little of my perfume on the blanket as a remembrance. Another time I even wrote a letter about what I love about my child that he read on the plane.

Dress them in bright colors so they are noticeable. And that includes shoes. Even with sneakers, buy orange or cobalt blue laces so your kid stand out. Or put a special baseball cap or necklace around them to separate them from the pack, in case that actually happens – which it rarely does.

Make sure that you have contact numbers and medical information in their pocket or backpack. Remind them that they are carrying this information and where it is as well as that they are loved and will have a great time on this adventure.

Work out in advance when you will be calling them or when they should call you and how often. This is tricky territory. Sometimes your ex may find it intrusive on his or her time with your child if you call too much. Has that ever happened to you? Eye rolling and body language that conveys annoyance is as upseting to a child as bad mouthing the other parent. (Being an adult requires stamina and sucking it up for the greater good). But if you both agree on when those times are that they contact the other parent – either via telephone, cell phone or email – everyone can manage expectations and have a good time.

Now all you have to do is go home and wait for the phone call that they are safely with your ex- and now it’s time for you to have fun too. So put on those stretchy pants, pop in a movie and some popcorn in the microwave and enjoy uninterupted free time. You deserve it. Now what do you plan on doing with all that alone time?


Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer Brenda L. Fortune posts Dr. Richard Kingsley: A Kids Guide to Divorce

03 Dec

Do you know someone whose parents are divorced? Are your parents divorced? Chances are that you can answer yes to one — or maybe both — of those questions. And you are not alone!

Read on to find out what divorce is and what you can do to help your family, your friends, or yourself when people get divorced.

What Is Divorce?

A divorce happens after a husband and wife decide they can’t live together anymore and no longer want to be married. They agree to sign legal papers that make them each single again and allow them to marry other people if they want to.

Although that may sound simple, it’s not easy for a husband and wife to decide to end a marriage. Often they spend a long time trying to solve problems before deciding to divorce. But sometimes they just can’t fix the problems and decide that a divorce is the best solution.

Sometimes both parents want to divorce, and sometimes one wants to and the other one doesn’t. Usually, both parents are disappointed that their marriage can’t last, even if one wants a divorce more than the other.

Many kids don’t want their parents to divorce. Some kids have mixed feelings about it, especially if they know their parents weren’t happy together. Some kids may even feel relieved when parents divorce, especially if there’s been a lot of fighting between parents during the marriage.

It’s really important for kids to know that just because parents divorce each other, they’re not divorcing their kids. Some kids think that if their parents are divorcing, it means their moms and dads will want to leave them, too.

Although it’s true that the kid of a divorced couple usually lives with only one parent most of the time, the parent who lives somewhere else is still that kid’s mom or dad — forever. That will never change.


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Why I filed for divorce

02 Dec

Christina Aguilera: Why I filed for divorce


By Ulrica Wihlborg,
December 2, 2010 5:14 p.m. EST

  • “Things were so unhealthy and unhappy,” Christina Aguilera says
  • Singer says she didn’t want to hurt her husband or tear up their family
  • Aguilera’s parents divorced when she was 7
  • (PEOPLE) — Christina Aguilera remembers vividly how she felt as she signed the papers in her divorce from music exec Jordan Bratman.

    “Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me, I knew I had to end it,” the Burlesque star, 29, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “I really didn’t want to hurt Jordan, and I felt torn about splitting our family up.”

    The decision to end her marriage of five years was not easy for Aguilera, but she strongly felt she had to do what she thought best for her and Jordan’s 2-year-old son. The year’s biggest splits

    “When you’re unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer,” says the Grammy-winning pop singer, whose own parents’ tumultuous relationship led to divorce when she was 7. “That’s the last thing I wanted for my son.”

    Since filing for divorce, Aguilera has been out in Los Angeles and New York City with a new man, Matthew Rutler, a set assistant on Burlesque.

    “He’s the kind of person you could spend hours with on the phone talking to and all of a sudden it’s daylight,” she says.

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    Neve Campbell Secretly Files for Divorce

    01 Dec

    Neve Campbell Secretly Files for Divorce


    By Allison Schwartz

    Wednesday December 01, 2010 10:10 AM EST

    John Light and Neve Campbell

    Joanne Davidson/PictureGroup

    Three years after tying the knot with husband John Light, Neve Campbell filed for divorce out of the public eye – five months ago.

    According to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in June, the Scream 4 actress, 37, cited “irreconcilable differences” for the split.

    The Canadian actress also specified she didn’t want the court to award Light, 36, spousal support, according to the document.

    Campbell and Light married in Malibu in May 2007 after meeting on the set of the 2001 independent movie, Investigating Sex. This is the second divorce for Campbell, who split from Canadian actor Jeff Colt in 1997 after 2½ years of marriage.

    RI Divorce Lawyer Brenda L. Fortune

    30 Nov

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    Rhode Island RI Divorce Lawyer Brenda L. Fortune Post Article on Wiretapping and Divorce

    29 Nov

    November 28, 2010
    Wiretapping and Divorce: Is It Legal?
    The wild rants of celebrities like Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin that were released to online sources and are now available to anyone may be tempting for spouses involved in a bitter divorce or custody dispute to emulate except for one big problem: it’s against the law.

    Using a voice recorder to tape your ex’s rants as leverage or evidence in a divorce or child custody suit may be enticing, but it is also illegal and could do more harm than good to your own case.

    All parties must consent both to the recording and the disclosure of any wire, oral or electronic communication. If you record, disclose or try to disclose any of these types of communication, you could be charged with a felony, unless it is your first offense committed without any illegal purpose or commercial gain. In addition, the person you recorded without consent can sue you for damages.

    If your spouse is harassing you or making derogatory comments about you routinely to your children, you can ask your divorce attorney to petition the court to allow both of you to record phone conversations, which can then be used as evidence in a child custody dispute.

    Posted by Keith Maynard

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