divorce http://michiganradio.org en Helping divorce clients work cooperatively http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-divorce-clients-work-cooperatively <p>Every Monday, Christina Shockley talks with someone in the state that is trying to make a difference in the lives of others. As part of Michigan Radio&#39;s Seeking Change series, today features Monika Holzer Sacks. She is a family law lawyer. She works mostly in divorce cases and says her goal is to help couples avoid going to court and instead have them work together cooperatively.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:14:50 +0000 Christina Shockley 8553 at http://michiganradio.org Helping divorce clients work cooperatively MSU study finds divorce takes bigger toll on younger people http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-finds-divorce-takes-bigger-toll-younger-people <p>Conventional wisdom is younger people are able to spring back easier from a divorce.</p><p>But Michigan State University&nbsp;sociologist Hui Liu&nbsp;says her research shows it&rsquo;s just the opposite.</p><p>She studied the self-reported health status of more than 12 hundred divorced Americans.&nbsp; She found the younger the divorced person, the more likely they were to report health problems and for a longer period.</p><p>Liu says the effect only lasts as long as the stress of the divorce.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;What I can see from this study is it&rsquo;s a transitional effect,&quot; says Liu.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Liu speculates life experience is one reason older divorced people cope better.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;If you get divorced at an older age, you know how to handle your life,&quot; says Liu.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The study found that eventually divorced people do return to the same level of health as married people.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;The study appears in the journal&nbsp;<a href="http://news.msu.edu/story/10276/"><em>Social&nbsp;Science &amp; Medicine</em>. Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6081 at http://michiganradio.org MSU study finds divorce takes bigger toll on younger people Proposed changes to divorce rules rile judges, lawyers http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-changes-divorce-rules-rile-judges-lawyers <p>A bill that would rewrite the rules for dividing property and assets when a married couple splits up will move ahead slowly, if at all. That&rsquo;s the promise from the chair of a state House committee after judges and family lawyers crowded into a hearing room to oppose the measure. It would make it easier for one person in a couple to hang onto a business or some other asset that&rsquo;s grown in value during the course of a marriage.&nbsp;</p><p>Clinton County Probate Judge Lisa Sullivan testified in opposition to the bill:</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:26:46 +0000 Rick Pluta 3012 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed changes to divorce rules rile judges, lawyers Census: Divorces decline but 7-year itch persists http://michiganradio.org/post/census-divorces-decline-7-year-itch-persists <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - New census figures show the &quot;seven-year&quot; itch persists - couples who break up typically separate upon seven years of marriage, and divorce a year later.</p><p>The 2009 data released Wednesday also show U.S. divorces are leveling off after decades of increases. The census report found that among all race groups, women who were ever married and then divorced reached as high as 41 percent among 50- to 59-year-olds. That&#39;s down from 44 percent in 2004.</p><p>The exception was black women ages 50 to 59. Their divorce rate edged up to 48 percent.</p><p>Rose Kreider, a census demographer, says recent increases in couples cohabitating as well as rising median ages before marriage are contributing to overall declines in divorce as people wait<br />longer before making long-term commitments. Wed, 18 May 2011 16:08:32 +0000 The Associated Press 2547 at http://michiganradio.org