According to AARP, Inc., the divorce rate among married couples age 50 and older has doubled since 1990.The increasing prevalence of divorces among this age demographic has led many to refer to the phenomenon as gray divorce.
Few life events bring as many changes and challenges as divorce. Regardless of the circumstances that drove a couple to divorce, the end of any marriage is often a difficult reality to face and the finality that divorce brings often causes each spouse to suffer both emotionally and mentally. It's no wonder then that, while in the midst of a divorce, some individuals fail to fully contemplate or understand important financial considerations.
The decision to divorce is often a difficult one to make. Once that decision has been made, it's important that both spouses take steps to ensure for their own emotional and financial wellbeing. Complicating matters are strong emotions, vivid memories, shared finances and, in many cases, shared children.
Living in an unhappy marriage can take an enormous toll on an individual emotionally, mentally and physically. Finally making the decision to file for divorce and end a marriage, can be extremely liberating, but also scary. Any change can be difficult and divorce is full of changes, some of which may be difficult. When going through the divorce process, it's important to know that there will be difficult times ahead. It's also, however, important to remain confident and know that the decision to divorce is the right one.
The decision to divorce should not be taken likely. That being said, often unhappy spouses spend long years or months attempting to fix a broken or dead marriage well after they know it's past the point of saving. For the sake of one's own happiness and that of shared children, it's important to take action and file for divorce sooner rather than later.
Each year, divorcing couples in the Peoria area head to court to fight over custody of minor-aged children. In many cases, each parent is desperately seeking to be awarded as much time as possible with their children. However, even in cases where a father has and wants to continue to play a major role in raising his children, when it comes to child custody matters, judges across the state of Illinois are prone to siding with a mother.
For parents with minor-aged children, matters related to child custody are among some of the most difficult and emotionally charged of all divorce issues. In some cases involving children under the age of 18, parents are able to agree upon child custody and visitation matters. In many cases, however, parents have strong differing opinions on what’s best for a child. When this happens, parents must turn to the courts to help determine child custody matters.
In the past 50 to 60 years, much has changed. Technological advances such as the computer, Internet and cellphone have forever changed how people are able to access and share information. Likewise, advances within medicine now allow doctors to diagnose and successfully treat disease and conditions that were previously untreatable. Perhaps one of the most notable changes during the last half century relates to gender roles, specifically changing viewpoints and expectations with regard to women.
When a married couple isn't able to resolve issues that are negatively impacting their lives and those of shared children, divorce is often the best solution. However, even in cases where both parties want a divorce, it doesn't mean the divorce process will be easy.
In the wake of a divorce, many newly single individuals feel liberated and excited as they look to the future. There's no doubt that divorce brings the opportunity to rebuilt one's life and focus on future goals. For divorced parents, divorce also presents challenges as, in most cases, regular contact with an ex-spouse is still necessary.