Basketball fanatics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, may not be surprised to hear that New York Knicks' point guard Raymond Felton has been served with divorce papers. According to reports, Felton's wife is seeking to end their marriage after 19 months.
The end of a marriage marks a new chapter in one's life and a chance for renewal. In Pennsylvania, married people understand that divorce can affect anyone, regardless of social status. Although it is easy for a couple to get married, a divorce takes time for the legal issues such as child support, child custody, alimony and property division to be settled.
For many people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the end of a long divorce battle is cause for celebration. However, divorce isn't necessarily the end of all ties with a former spouse. There are still financial concerns that spouses who divorce have to live through, even after the divorce papers are finally signed.
Philadelphia residents are likely aware that divorce settlements are often litigated in court. However, in recent years, more people are taking a different route toward settling divorce issues: mediation.
Couples across the U.S. can stand to learn a lesson or two from a couple who have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for 12 years. After six lawyers, legal fees totaling over $100,000 and over a decade, this couple is still working through their divorce settlement, though the marriage was formally dissolved in 2001.