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Rachel Small

Rachel Small is a divorced mother of two grown children. She works as a consumer advocate and teaches business law in Pennsylvania.

Rachel Small

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Standard Visitation May Be Too Stringent

Saturday, 02 April 2011 10:24
I was reading a passionate and painful letter to the editor from a divorced father complaining about the "standard visitation rights" granted him. This dad sees his children every other weekend and every Wednesday night for two hours.Living two…

How Not To Hire A Divorce Lawyer

Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:29
What would you do if you were stationed in a foreign country and needed an attorney for an uncontested divorce? An article in Stars And Stripes, a U.S. military newspaper, described the adventures of Daniel Wise with his German attorney.Wise chose…

Is Your STBXH Hiding Assets?

Friday, 25 February 2011 08:07
Often when divorce papers are filed, suddenly marital assets are shifted, shuffled and hidden. Even though it‘s illegal and unethical to conceal marital property the practice is more common than you think. Wealthy people have been known to…

Silver Divorces On The Rise

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 08:53
At a time when divorce rates are falling, it turns out that people over 60 are divorcing at an alarming rate. What are some of the reasons for dumping a spouse after 40 or 50 years?In a study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)…

Ring Coffins Won't Offer Closure

Tuesday, 04 September 2007 15:23
After reading in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about wedding ring coffins, I've been pondering what should be done with wedding rings after divorce?The idea of a "ring coffin" to reach closure on a bad marriage is unique, but I don't think it…

When Your Child Decides To Get Divorced

Saturday, 09 April 2011 10:07
For many adult couples, telling their parents they're getting divorced is a strangely difficult task. It brings out feelings and concerns they have not felt for years — Will my parents reject me? Can I still live up to their&

Do You Feel Your Judge Was Biased?

Thursday, 04 August 2011 08:28
I'm wondering if any female readers, while going through the divorce process, thought the judge was biased against her. I've heard of a few cases where women had the perception the divorce judge favored the husband.In Hong Kong, an appeals court…

Just Living Together?

Friday, 01 April 2011 07:08
It's estimated that five million unmarried couples are living together in the US. Over 30 percent of singles ages 18-29 are in this group.For the first time in history, the majority of American households are headed by unmarried or single adults,&

James Brown Saga Deepens

Friday, 23 November 2007 11:00
Here's the latest in the James Brown estate saga. Earlier this month, Velma Warren Brown, the Godfather of Soul's first wife, claimed she was never divorced from him.If that were true, all of his subsequent marriages would be nullified. According to …

No-Fault Divorce Makes It Easier To Split

Saturday, 16 October 2010 10:20
First Wives World has a special interest in the findings of a study by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy on no-fault divorce. The IMAPP study concludes that no-fault divorce rates have increased by about 10%.The increase over a 10-year …

Are Children Of Divorce More Prone To Divorce?

Sunday, 26 September 2010 10:01
There’s been a lot of research on how divorce affects children, but little attention has been given to adult children of divorce.A new study reveals that children of divorced parents are “roughly twice as likely to&

Can An Ex Modify An Alimony Agreement?

Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:45
First Wives World received an inquiry from a reader who we’ll call “Paula” asking for help with her alimony dilemma. Her issues may apply to many of our readers, so as a non-practicing&

Protecting Your Finances And Credit

Thursday, 12 August 2010 10:47
When a marriage ends in divorce, more often than not, women face a financial crunch. Dividing the “apple into two, doesn’t give you two apples.” It becomes a priority to structure your divided finances and protect your credit.Here are …
Money has caused more pain and heartache for countless numbers of people, and never has financial strain been more prevalent than it is now what with the current economic climate. Further, it's been reported that more marriages collapse and lead to…
Divorce is experienced so differently by each person who goes through it. In my own experience, it's involved a grieving process with many emotions including anger, frustration, sorrow, anguish, bitterness, hatred and regret. The important thing is…

How to Restore Your Maiden Name Post Divorce

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 10:21
I was reading a column in the Miami Herald where a divorcee complained about the red tape involved in getting her maiden name back. In this case, she hadn't requested the change
I just read a piece by a couple's financial advisor who wrote about the psychological and economic impact of divorce. After listing reasons why divorce is so expensive, emotionally and financially, he advised couples to&

Post-Divorce Grandparents' Visitation

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 09:47
A distraught grandmother wrote to a newspaper columnist, that she and her husband have been denied access to grandchildren by the ex daughter-in-law. She wants to know if there is anything they can do.After their son's recent&

Post-Divorce Tips For Dads

Thursday, 09 August 2007 12:21
Perceptions of divorced dads are often mistaken. If they are the non-custodial parent, some men, go through feeble motions of being there for their kids, according to some experts. Many dads are minimally involved and some 20% lose contact with…
Just when you thought your life, and your divorce, couldn't get more complicated, there are taxes. And if you're a mother going through divorce, there are a number of issues you need to be fully aware of as it pertains to child…
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