Many couples across the country are getting married at a younger age now than before. There had been a trend toward waiting until in late-twenties or early-thirties in past years, but it seems like more and more young couples are making the leap. Unfortunately, as in any marriage, many couples are also finding themselves in the difficult position of filing for divorce at a young age. A recent story by one woman recently shared her story of divorce at the age of 25.
Washington parents who are divorcing may be feeling additional stress this holiday season. For newly divorced or divorcing couples, the family interactions that go along with the holiday season may be difficult to face. Additionally, visitation and child custody may be a concern for some parents. By creating well-crafted and mutually-accepted divorce agreements, many of these stresses can be avoided.
Washington couples going through the divorce process may relate to one woman's recollections. A notable financial expert recently told a Huffington Post divorce blogger her own story, finding out very suddenly that a divorce was in her future. She was under the impression that their marriage was in good shape, and there had been no indicators otherwise. She said that one day, her husband came home from work and informed her that he was in love with another woman.
Many Clark County families consider their dogs to be an integral part of their family - but what happens to our furry friends during a divorce? Many people would be surprised to learn that their dog is considered by the law to be personal property. In this case, then, Fido can be included in the standard division of personal property, right alongside your favorite chair and your spouse's fancy coffee machine. However, for some families, the property division is not a workable solution for their pets. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, there has been an increase in pet custody cases in recent years.
Hopefully for most Vancouver couples, the divorce process will be brief. After two long years, actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have finalized their divorce.Divorce agreements can be difficult to come to, but for most couples, the duration is much shorter. The couple announced their split in Nov. 2011, and on Oct. 31, 2013, has finally signed their paperwork. Kutcher had filed for divorce in Dec. 2012, and according to sources, the papers simply needed to be signed.
Vancouver and Clark residents may be interested to know that another state is investigating their alimony laws. Like Washington State, New Jersey allows for permanent alimony as part of spousal support arrangements. In permanent alimony, the spouse who is the higher earner must pay alimony to the lower-earning spouse for the duration of their life. This arrangement can be made in divorces where the spouses were married for more than 10 years. Many people feel that this is an unfair arrangement that can result in a ripple effect of financial difficulty. It also means that even if the lower-earning spouse remarries, they can continue to receive these payments.
Couples in Vancouver may be shocked to hear of an odd case coming out of Colorado this week. A man turned $500,000, made of his life savings as well as investment and retirement funds he shared with his wife, into gold bars and promptly threw them away. Reportedly, the man made several trips to a nearby motel to dispose of the bricks in their dumpster. Rather than have to share the assets during his divorce, the man literally threw a fortune in the trash.
All types of divorce are difficult, but there are certain mitigating factors that can add serious complications to a Washington breakup. For those who are seeking legal separation from a spouse with mental illness or a serious personality disorder, divorce can quickly become inconvenient and extreme.
If you are among the scores of Americans who are divorcing after 50, you are not alone. For the first time in our nation's history, more older Americans are experiencing the end of a marriage through divorce rather than spousal death. Statistics show that the Grey Divorce trend is, indeed, accelerating. For example, 50 years ago, just 2.8 percent of older Americans had broken up. In 2000, about 12 percent had divorced, and 2011 numbers show that more than 15 percent are divorced and 2.1 percent are informally separated. That contrasts sharply with the number of people over 50 who have experienced the death of a spouse: just 13.5 percent.
The territory that comes with divorce has quite a handful of unknowns. This makes approaching it with confidence quite difficult. But learning from the experiences of others and tackling this potentially dramatic time with an open mind can do wonders for your future. Here are some mistakes and misconceptions that people living in Vancouver, Washington, have about the divorce process.