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Single Mom Wins $153K In Child Support 50 Years After Divorce

Posted On: June 26, 2019

I've been meaning to post this for quite some time...

Although this article indicates that this single mom (now 74 years old) won a sizable award for arrears of child support, it unfortunately demonstrates that Justice Delayed is also Justice Denied.  Yes, the mother finally came to terms and received money from her ex-husband (who refused to pay his child support when it was due and needed), but the fact of the matter is that both she and the child (now 52 years old) suffered for all those years without the financial support they so desperately needed.

In essence, the child lost both parents:  her dad by going to Canada and her mom because she had to work full time to support her - all because they did not have the financial means and support they deserved while the child was growing up. 

The father’s statement that he was glad to pay the mom the support that was owed 50 years ago is, in my opinion, too little too late.  Him wishing her the best in the future is an empty statement since he was not there when his child needed him most.

What are your thoughts?

Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of ABC News


Social Security Considerations After Divorce

Posted On: June 18, 2019

Before making an election on your Social Security benefits it’s important to know what your options are. Make sure you seek advice and do your own research. For most people seeking benefits now, their election will be permanent. Did you know if you are divorced you are entitled to your ex-spouse’s security benefits? Most people are unaware that notwithstanding a divorce they may be entitled to their ex-spouse's Social Security benefit. If you were married for at least 10 years and then divorce, and are unmarried at the time you apply for your benefits, you are entitled to half of your ex-spouse's benefit if it is greater than your own.  However, if you were born after 1954, whatever election you make will be permanent and cannot be changed.   This does not affect your ex-spouse's benefit nor is your election affected by their remarriage. In fact, if you are eligible, you can collect on your ex-spouse’s benefits even if he or she hasn't yet applied for them, so long as you’ve been divorced for at least two years.

However, if you are remarried at the time of your election, you are not entitled to  your ex-spouse’s benefits. You may, however, be able to collect your new spouse’s benefits if you’re at least 62 years of age and your spouse is receiving Social Security benefits. It’s also important to know if you chose to collect early you will lose a significant portion of your benefit. In the event your new marriage ends due to death, divorce, or annulment, you may again be eligible to collect on your first spouse’s benefits.  If you were married more than once and divorced more than once and each marriage was for more than 10 years you can choose which ex-spouse’s benefits to utilize so long as it is more than your own.


7 Expert-Backed Reasons Why You Should Get Married After 30

Posted On: June 03, 2019

Approximately 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Today’s generation generally appears less interested in marriage, and for those getting married, they are choosing to getting married later. Gone are the days of people marrying in their early 20s. According to the most recent estimates, the average age of first marriage is now late 20s. Most people only start to get an idea of who they really are and what is important to them some time after 25. It is easier to find a relationship that will last if you know yourself better.