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January 2013 Archives

Make Divorce Less Painful: Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

With about 50% of all marriages ending in divorce, it goes without saying that many couples look for ways to avoid divorce.

If divorce is on the horizon, what are some ways a couple can try to steer clear? And if divorce is inevitable, are there ways to make divorce less painful?

Divorce will never be painless. But there are ways to work through a divorce. Here are a few ways to make it potentially less painful:

What Is a Fidelity Clause? Can You Include It in a Prenup in Texas?

There are many clauses that can be included in a prenuptial agreement. Similarly, there are many clauses that can't be included on a prenup.

A prenuptial agreement is an agreement between two soon-to-be spouses about the terms of their marriage. Prenups are, for the large part, financial contracts.

The point of a prenup is to lay out the terms and conditions in case the couple gets a divorce.

How to Report Child Abuse in Texas: 10 Signs of Child Abuse

Child abuse is terrible ordeal. The state of Texas has avenues in place for reporting child abuse, but many people often ignore the signs.

Under Texas law, there is an obligation to report child abuse or elder abuse. That means that if you believe someone is being abused, you have to report it to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Failure to report child abuse could result in a misdemeanor charge, or even a felony.

How do you know that someone is a victim of child abuse?

Is Octomom a Bad Mother? Back on Welfare After Rehab

Octomom Nadya Suleman is on welfare, according to US Magazine .

This is just five months after getting off welfare. She is reportedly receiving $1,800 a month for food. $1,000 for emergency cash and money for health and medical help.

She was able to take a temporary hiatus from welfare after earning some money through stripping and making pornographic videos.

Bethenny Frankel Divorcing and Asking for Child Support

Last week, it was just a rumor. Now, divorce is a reality for reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel.

Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy are divorcing, reports The New York Post. Although Frankel hasn't spoken out about her divorce yet, rumors have run rampant since her separation nearly a month ago.

The Frankel-Hoppy divorce seems anything but amicable, if early reports are true. For starters, Frankel is apparently asking for primary custody of the couple's 2-year-old daughter Bryn.

And she is actually asking Hoppy for child support, despite the fact that she made more than $12 million last year.

Kim and Kanye Announce Baby, But Kim and Kris Still Married

Earlier this week, we heard the news that Kim Kardashian was carrying Kanye West's baby. But what's more interesting is that the pregnant reality star is still technically married to someone else.

Kanye made the announcement during a performance in Atlantic City on Sunday, when he asked the audience to congratulate his "baby mama," reports The Spin. Kardashian went on to confirm the statement on her website.

What isn't confirmed, however, is her divorce from Kris Humphries.