EXPERTS DISH DIVORCE ADVICE AND NUMBERS

A couple of days ago, Slate.com ran an article titled “In Honor of Kim Kardashian.” The idea was to give readers tips on how, when and where to divorce, in honor of the reality TV star. Last week, her 536 days of divorce proceedings came to an end following her 72-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries.

The writer talked to a handful of family law attorneys from around the nation and got some ideas on the dos and don’ts of divorce.

One tip the writer gave readers: if you seek spousal support, don’t get divorced here in Texas. As many readers know, Texas law is not considered as generous as many other states regarding alimony awards.

Another tip regarding geography: cheating spouses were advised not to get divorced in Georgia. Juries there can decide issues such as child custody, child support, property division and so on, and will often rule against cheaters, the writer of the article stated.

More advice: if you’re young, don’t even bother getting married because the odds are good that you will wind up divorced, the author insisted. Thirty-six percent of brides and 38 percent of grooms who get married between ages 20 and 24 wind up divorced. (Of course, a reader could look at those statistics and say that in both cases, nearly two-thirds of young people stay married after marrying at a young age.)

Older couples getting married were urged to get prenuptial agreements protecting their property, money and other assets for their children from a previous marriage.

Of course, the best way to get answers to questions about divorce and related legal matters is to speak with an experienced family law attorney.