Clerk: Strange dates the norm for marriage licenses

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Maria Moreno Orozco and Israel Moreno wait Tuesday afternoon while Curry County Marriage License Clerk Connie Backoff files their license, making their marriage official. Sharna Johnson In five years on the job, Connie Backoff has discovered issuing marriage licenses is nothing short of interesting. From age gaps to unusual date […]

Tips to choose happiness after divorce featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on using a Bias Tape Maker machine, developing a sewing-related business and choosing happiness after divorce will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Michele Muska is with Simplicity Creative Group, and she’s going to show how to make bias strips using […]

KENW airing divorce TV special

CNJ staff KENW-TV, the area’s local public broadcasting station, produced a special called Choosing Happiness After Divorce. The special will air at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The special is based on the recently published book of the same name by Jane Thompson. The program is designed to help women regain their perspective in life after divorce […]

Woman helps others navigate divorce process

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tracy Achen of Clovis wrote a book and created a Web site dedicated to helping women through divorce. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tracy Achen took a lemon of a divorce procedure, and turned it into a profitable and enjoyable lemonade. Referring to herself as an “information aggregator,” Achen […]

Discriminating against divorce not far fetched

Freedom New Mexico T oday, divorced couples equal married couples in numbers. So imagine if divorce were a fireable offense. It is, at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. Popular English Professor Kent Gramm was fired recently, after 20 years at the school, because he and his wife divorced. Students have circulated a petition in support […]

Legalism bad in society but worse in religion

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Legalism. Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “legalism” as “strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code.”   In our society, the silliness of legalism is so pervasive we hardly notice it anymore.   Have you installed a computer program recently? If you have, […]

Events may revive military divorce issue

By Tom Philpott: Military Update An Army officer’s complaint during a Pentagon “town hall” meeting might breathe new life into an issue Congress has ignored for years: a 1982 law that allows state divorce courts to divide military retirement as marital property, jointly earned. The particular “injustice’’ cited by the officer, whose comments caught Defense […]

The answer for a weak chin

By Curtis K. Shelburne A gentleman by the name of Maynard Good Stoddard wrote an article recently for The Saturday Evening Post which my brother, for some reason, sent my way. It is entitled, “To Beard or Not To Beard.” Mr. Stoddard says that one day he finally figured out why he had been pushed […]

Federal judge dismisses ex-spouses case

by Tom Philpott A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 58 divorced service members and retirees challenging the constitutionality of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act. The 1982 law allows state courts to divide military retirement as property in divorce settlements. U.S. District Court Judge James. C. Cacheris in Alexandria, Va., granted […]

House bill bad news for military spouses

Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Defense says it does not support imposing new limits on the number of years that former spouses can receive court-awarded shares of military retirement. Such limits are at the heart of the Uniformed Services Divorce Equity bill (HR 1111), introduced by Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., to better protect […]