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A new study out of the University of Michigan (U-M) reveals that divorce rates are higher in partnerships where one spouse deals with conflict constructively and the other spouse withdraws.
Researchers noted that this pattern is particularly toxic if one spouse deals with conflict constructively — by calmly discussing the situation, listening to their partner’s point of view, or trying hard to find out what their partner is feeling, for example — and the other spouse withdraws.
Read the rest here.
Another good resource for fathers looking for fairness.
A divorce can be a horrible, life altering event and for some it does not stop when the divorce is final.
New Jersey Alimony Reform (NJAR) is a 501 (c) 4 non-profit organization comprised of both men and women, dedicated to change NJ’s alimony law so it’s fair for both divorcing parties.
Their goal is : We believe, very simply, New Jersey should ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE for divorcing couples. Alimony must serve as a transition to independence, not an “Award” and certainly not a lifetime entitlement – for one spouse never to have to work again.
In a this day and age when both men and women can earn enough to support themselves after a divorce, means it’s time for change. If you are looking at paying your ex- spouse for the rest of your life, you probably should go join NJAR and support them in their efforts changing the law.
HOUSTON — A new state law says men no longer have to make child support payments if they discover the child is not theirs, but a Houston man says he still has to pay.
Ray Thomas contacted KHOU 11 News saying he is frustrated because he owes more than $50,000, even though he is not the child’s father.
“They’ve been taking money out of my income tax — taking my money and I haven’t been able to pay my bills,” Thomas said.
Thomas claims he’s a victim of mistaken paternity.
He said, in 1986 a woman he was dating had a baby and told Thomas it was his. In fact, he thought so too until the little girl’s hair started to turn red. Thomas said he went to court numerous times trying to clear things up, but said the judge wouldn’t hear it.
That’s because up until this month, reversing a mistaken paternity case had been nearly impossible.
“It had been an issue because it’s not fair,” said Cheryl Alsandor, a family law attorney. “On one hand, a DNA can clear a defendant of a crime years later, but it didn’t seem to be fair that it couldn’t clear a man of paternity.”
But times are changing.
This year, the Texas Legislature unanimously voted to change the law. It is already on the books. DNA proof can reverse parental rights.
“And now with the passing of this law, a man who is not the father can now sort of be free of that title and the proper man can be put into place to establish that relationship,” she said.
But we learned the new legislation will not help Thomas because his case is old and the courts are looking not backward, but forward.
And the attorney general’s office confirmed for us that Thomas still must pay $52,000 in back child support — $13,000 of that is interest.
Thomas is being billed even though he and his suspected daughter paid $450 for their own DNA test.
“And it said zero percent the daddy,” Thomas said.
Thomas took the DNA results to court but the judge wouldn’t accept it, he said.
“I don’t understand the judge can just give you a baby that ain’t yours and don’t try to try you, and I don’t understand it,” he said.
He said he doesn’t understand how the state of Texas can still take part of every one of his paychecks.
Quote from Thomas James Ball;
“I have 21 years of Army service going back to the Vietnam War. My loyalty to the government should be a given. It is gone. I am certain it will never return regardless of how long I might have lived.”