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Blog Posts by Natalie Anne Knowlton

A New "Weekend Divorce" Model Aims to Reduce Time and Cost of Divorce

Natalie Anne Knowlton
A pair of Illinois attorneys are offering a unique model for couples looking to end their marriage. Sandra Young and Brian Garvey are pioneering "The Weekend Divorce," which builds on the collaborative law model and offers divorcing couples settlement on all issues over the course of a weekend. This new model comes in...

Cohabitation Among New Parents on the Rise, According to New Government Figures

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Forthcoming statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth show an increase in cohabitation among new parents, and demographers say this trend is likely to continue. The preliminary figures show that—for the first time—the percentage of unmarried couples who move in together after pregnancy surpasses the...

Insight and Reflection from Judge Elizabeth Starrs on the Denver Domestic Docket

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Katherine Kirk
In a recent article in The Colorado Lawyer , Judge Elizabeth Starrs gives practitioners insight from the bench, including helpful practice tips and an explanation of the Denver domestic relations process. Many of her observations suggest the benefits of a structured, in-court process for domestic relations disputes,...

Out-of-Court Divorce Processes Need Exposure; Court Processes Need Improvement

Natalie Anne Knowlton
A recent survey asked respondents for their opinions on both court and non-court proceedings for divorcing couples. Overall, only 51 percent of those surveyed indicated they would consider non-court alternatives and only one-fourth believed that non-court proceedings protect parties’ rights. These findings suggest a...

Pull Out the Yearbook: Study Links Your Smile to Likelihood of Divorce

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Studies on predictors of divorce abound. Among the more recent is a study exploring a connection between the intensity of one’s smile—as memorialized in a yearbook picture—and the likelihood of divorce. Individuals who smiled the least in their photos were five times more likely to divorce when compared with those who...

New Studies Shed Light on Interesting Dynamics of Divorce and Society

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Recent studies are shedding new light on the impact of divorce on society and the individual. According one study, based on data collected beginning in 1948, divorce may be “contagious" and that having a friend who is divorced dramatically increases one's chances of divorce. And, another study found that divorced...