Posted on January 26th, 2011
A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that the sons of divorcing couples may suffer more negative consequences than daughters.
The study looked at the occurrence of suicidal thoughts in people whose parents had divorced before age 18 compared to those whose parents had stayed married. Men whose parents had divorced were two to three times more likely to have had suicidal thoughts than men whose parents had stayed married. Women whose parents had divorced were more likely than other women to have had these thoughts, but at a rate much lower than men. The authors of the study also point out that women are more likely than men to have suicidal thoughts in general.
The authors state that divorcing parents should not start panicking about the results of the study, since the wide majority of children who had faced a divorce had experienced no suicidal thoughts at all. They speculate that since until recently, fathers were rarely awarded custody after a divorce and boys often grew up without a positive father figure, the absence of a father figure may have put a harsh emotional burden on sons.
If you need assistance reaching a fair agreement about child custody and visitation rights, contact a Houston child custody attorney from Garg & Associates, P.C. at 281-362-2865.
Posted on January 19th, 2011
Musician John Mellengamp, 59, has officially filed for divorce from his wife of 18 years. He and his wife, model Elaine Irwin, 41, have been married since 1992 and they have two children together. Before their marriage, Mellencamp had been married two other times.
Mellencamp filed for divorce in Indiana, his home state, on Friday. Representitives from both parties have so far declined to comment on the divorce proceedings.
If you or someone you know is considering filing for divorce, the Houston divorce lawyers at Garg & Associates, P.C., can help. To speak with an attorney, contact our offices by calling 281-362-2865.
Posted on January 14th, 2011
Last week, a state appellate court ruled that as a third party the Attorney General’s Office had no right to reverse a judge’s decision to grant a divorce to a same-sex couple. The Attorney General’s Office challenged a judge for granting a divorce to a same-sex couple in Texas when it is illegal. However, the court decided that because the office was not a party in the divorce proceedings they had no right to appeal the decision.
On the court’s decision, Justice Diane M. Henson wrote, “While the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure do not impose a deadline for intervention, the general rule is that a party may not intervene after final judgement unless the judgement is set aside”.
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Posted on January 5th, 2011
The South Dakota high court recently ruled that laws that give grandparents and other adults child custody are constitutional. The case had been brought to the court by a couple attempting to gain custody of their 4-year-old granddaughter. A judge had previously ruled that existing laws that allowed grandparent custody were unconstitutional, since they allowed courts to award custody to others without first ruling that the child’s parents are unfit guardians.
The court said that the laws stand because they presume that custody with parents is in a child’s best interests unless the parent is unfit or there exist other extraordinary circumstances. Supporters of the ruling say that it improves children’s rights by providing a third placement option.
If you are involved in a child custody dispute and need legal assistance, contact the Houston child custody attorneys of Garg & Associates, PC 281-362-2865.