Social media is an important format for interacting with friends, family and others. There are many pluses and minuses to this new reality, and regardless of how one feels about it, one’s digital footprint is an increasingly important part of the information gathering process that happens when one files for divorce. What was once harmless sharing of sporting triumphs, family trips, and important milestones posted on Facebook or Instagram are now analyzed by the opposing party and the court.
The end of a marriage is one of the most difficult and challenging experiences in life. Along with such important details as dividing the assets and creating parenting plans, the emotional component can lead to depression. While the symptoms of depression often involve sad or empty feelings, some of the 16.2 million adults in the United States who live with depression respond with anger.
News of divorces by the famous and super wealthy often bounce around the internet as click bait. Some stories will even sound downright disappointed when there is a civilized approach like the conscious uncoupling by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin or the recent announcement of amicable split involving a 50-50 arrangement of $137 billion by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.
Some will remember the 2014 Supreme Court decision that expanded the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to enable for-profit corporations to deny contraceptive coverage if it is based on religious beliefs of the owners. Now that ruling has driven a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare that a federally funded Christian foster care agency in South Carolina can refuse placement with would-be parents of different non-Christian faiths.
Divorce is a challenging and sometimes heated process. Soon-to-be-ex-spouses face many issues as they separate their lives, but one of the harder decisions in a divorce is deciding parenting time and access.