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It’s never an easy time to separate, but for couples over 50 who’ve been together decades, gray divorce exposes them to a whole new world. Let’s look at a few of the reasons for this unusual phenomenon, then focus on some of the unique challenges that gray divorce presents.
It’s extremely common for one partner to move away, sometimes far away. Maybe housing is too expensive. Maybe they take a new job. Maybe they just want a fresh start. However, where they settle, when they move, and why they move, each has a material impact on a divorce decree or separation agreement, especially if children are involved. Let’s look at a few different considerations to see how distance, time, and intent all affect separations and resolutions.
For many partners, assets such as a house can take on outsized emotional value, while subjects like alimony can become deeply personal. Factor in feelings of anger or resentment, and it’s easy to see why many partners fail to remain clear-eyed with their finances.
If a divorce doesn't land in front of a judge, is it legally binding? What happens if one party doesn't hold up their end of the separation agreement? What if circumstances change and one party wants the agreement amended? These are common questions for anyone who wants to avoid a lawyer-driven divorce.
When you get divorced, where you divorce matters. Each state has unique rules that can affect how long the process takes, the paperwork involved, how property is divided, and other matters. Here are five facts about divorce in California that can help you prepare for your divorce.
When beginning the divorce process, many people consider the cost of the actual divorce – mediation services, lawyer fees, paperwork costs. But what you may not have considered is the importance of establishing and documenting budgets pre- and post-divorce.
Just because you're getting divorced, it doesn't mean you have to give up custody of your beloved pet. Find out how divorce mediation can help you and your ex negotiate a pet co-ownership agreement that you can both live with.
Before you make a decision between mediation, litigation, or a DIY divorce, be sure that your ideas about mediation aren’t misconceptions or myths. Learn the truth behind these 6 common divorce mediation myths.
When you have a large amount of debt, it can be difficult to imagine digging out from underneath it. If the debt was accumulated in a marriage, it may seem even more impossible to untangle. These are deep, roiling waters to navigate but you do not have to go it alone.
Divorce can upend your entire world -- relationships change, you may need to move or sell your home, you’ll now be co-parenting your children. Taxes may be one of the last things on your mind, but it's crucial to think pragmatically about how your divorce will affect your tax status.
Who gets the house? Splitting property is one of the most complex parts of a divorce. A divorce mediator can walk you through the process, providing the expertise you need to come to an equitable decision.
Even if you don’t feel like you need the “mediation” part of divorce mediation because you and your ex already have a plan to split things amicably, hiring a divorce mediator can “future-proof” your divorce so that you stay friends. No one can see into the future, but a good divorce mediator can help you plan for bumps in the far off distance.
When a divorce leads to a custody battle, children inevitably end up in the middle. In divorce court, each attorney is there to “fight” for their client, pitting you against the only other person your children love as much as you. In this type of battle, there will only be one “winner” and it won’t be your kids. How can you avoid this outcome?
When peeling off a Band-Aid, do you take the slow and steady approach, or do you prefer to rip it right off? In a divorce, many couples prefer the faster method, favoring a short-term approach such as divorce mediation to finding closure and beginning their new post-divorce lives.