Researchers have known for decades that women are more likely to petition for divorce, but a new study presented to the American Sociological Association this year may change the current beliefs on why this is true. The study looked at 2,262 people over the age of 18 who were in heterosexual relationships and had the participants answer questions about those relationships.
The courts often appoint guardian ad litems in divorce cases involving children to ensure that there is at least one dedicated person representing the best interests of the children. However, parents can be confused, angry or even a little scared about the idea of someone else deciding what is best for the children, particularly when it seems like every aspect of your life is turning upside down.
For many families, religious beliefs are some of the most deeply held tenants of their lives, and it's normally taken for granted that children will grow up in the religion of their parents. However, if the parents are divorced or were never married and subscribe to different religions, it can make this much more complicated.
In an ideal world, parents would pay their child support payments on time and in full, and the parent receiving the payments would be able to count on a regular stream of funds to help support the children. However, child support doesn't always work this way in practice. Whether the payments stop because the noncustodial parent loses his or her job or just quits making payments, it can have a devastating financial impact on the children's lives.