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August 2015 Archives

Study shows women more likely to end the marriage

When a heterosexual Oklahoma couple is headed for divorce, a study suggested that it may be likely that the divorce proceedings were initiated by the wife. In fact, the research showed that about two-thirds of all heterosexual divorces between 2009 and 2015 were initiated by women.

Same-sex couples unable to wed in small county

A dispute over the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses may of interest to Oklahoma residents. Despite the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide, same-sex couples in one Kentucky county are still unable to get married. Gay and lesbian couples are being turned down for marriage licenses in Rowan County because the county clerk refuses to issue them.

Understanding divorce and disability insurance

Many Oklahoma divorces involve agreements for one spouse to pay child support or alimony to the other spouse. Due to income disparities and childcare needs, the recipient spouse usually relies heavily on the financial support provided by the payor. If anything happens to the payor to disrupt the flow of their income, the recipient spouse could be left in dire financial straits.

Divorce and Social Security benefits

While Oklahoma property division laws may be a primary concern as a long-term marriage ends in divorce, it is also helpful to think about benefits that are not dependent on a divorce settlement. For example, the Social Security record of one's former spouse can be useful at the point of reaching the full retirement age of 66, at which time a benefit equal to 50 percent of the other party's benefit is available. For some, this will not be as much as a personal benefit, and it might make more sense to claim on one's own record.