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child custody arrangement, child custody disputes, child custody issues, children of divorce, Geneva family law attorney, just say no, divorce and disagreementWhen a couple makes the decision to divorce, it often comes after months—or sometimes years—of anger, fighting and disagreements. After living in that type of negative and acrimonious environment, many people are anxious to just get the whole divorce over with in order to move on with their lives.

However, as healthy as it may be to let go of all the anger and negativity, it is also important to not be too quick to agree to things that may not be in your best interest financially when it comes to your divorce.

Financial advisers suggest several areas where you should never agree, and just say no, regardless of how angry your soon-to-be ex-spouse may get over your “uncooperative” attitude. Additionally, it is acceptable to vocalize your disagreement involving child custody arrangements. If your spouse is pushing for an arrangement that you feel is unworkable, or is not in the best interests of your child, do not agree with it. This can be especially true in situations where a spouse insists on shared custody, yet travels a great deal for work. He or she may be putting too much focus on “winning” and not enough focus on what is really a workable arrangement for everyone. Share your objections with your attorney and let him or her negotiate a better solution.

back-up partner, divorce trends, Geneva family law attorney, marriage survey, marriage trendsIn the past, the majority of couples who entered into marriage did so with the idea they were making a lifetime commitment. Of course the divorce rate paints a more realistic picture, with at least half of all marriages today ending in divorce. And many engaged couples also accept the realities of how difficult it can be to make a marriage work by drafting up prenuptial agreements before they are wed.

A new survey reveals that some women may take the divorce rate to heart even further once they are married—by having a “back-up partner” lined-up in the event they divorce their current one.

In the survey, 50 percent of the 1,000 married female participants admitted to having a back-up partner if their current relationship ended. For the majority of those women, their back-up partner was usually either a friend or ex-boyfriend who had unrequited feelings for the woman and was still waiting for them. Other statistics regarding back-up partners included the following:

domestic violence health issue, domestic abuse, domestic violence offenders, Geneva family law attorney, intimate partner violence, medical health services, mental health services, order of protectionDomestic violence in the U.S. is at epidemic proportions. Every year, at least 1,200 women are killed in acts of domestic abuse and another 320,000 arrive at emergency rooms or a doctors offices with injuries caused by an intimate partner. It is estimated that domestic violence cost $8.3 billion annually just on medical and mental health services alone.

In a recent study, one in five men admitted to incidents of domestic violence against their spouse or intimate partner. The study also discovered that there are certain medical issues that may serve as warning signs that a patient may have a propensity towards domestic abuse.

The study was conducted by the University of Michigan and included 530 male participants from the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication of 2001-2003. The average age of the men was 42 years old. Approximately 75 percent of the men were classified as non-Hispanic white. Almost 60 percent of participants had extended their education beyond high school and 84 percent of the men were employed.

cohabitation, divorce risk, Geneva family law attorney, risk of divorce, premarital cohabitation, divorce trends, successful marriage tipsFor the past few decades, social scientists have pointed to couples living together before marriage as a factor that increases the divorce risk. Study after study has concluded that same result, but none of these studies ever pinpointed a reason why. However, a recent study suggests that all the former studies were actually looking at the incorrect variable to draw their conclusions from.

According to the study, which was sponsored by Council on Contemporary Families and conducted at the University of North Carolina, it is not whether or not a couple lives together before marriage that affects their chance of divorce. It is, however, the age at which a couple actually begins to live together—whether they are married or not. That factor, said researchers, is the variable that affects the divorce risk.

In many cases, when a couple decides to move in together, they are often younger than couples who wait until they are married to live together. When researchers of this study recognized that and took control of that variable, they found that it was the age that made a difference in whether or not the marriage was successful, not premarital cohabitation.

Geneva family law attorney, gray divorce, seniors divorcing, senior divorce, paper divorce, older people divorce, older divorce trendsMuch has been written about the increase in gray divorce—divorce between spouses who are 50 years old or older. In fact, according to a study conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University, the rate of gray divorce has doubled in the past twenty years. In 1990, only one in 10 divorces involved spouses who were over 50. In 2009, that number jumped to one in four divorces. There were over 600,000 gray divorces in 2009 and the Bowling Green study projected that number will be over 800,000 gray divorces in 2030.

There are many reasons why older people divorce. However, there is one surprising reason that appears to be emerging more frequently. It has nothing to do with infidelity, incompatibility or irreconcilable differences. Instead, many older couples are divorcing because of the high cost of medical care and long-term care costs.

As couples age, it is not uncommon for one spouse to become ill and require long-term care in a nursing home or other healthcare facility. However, Medicare only covers a portion of that care. Under current Medicare rules, if one spouse becomes ill, Medicare will only cover the first 100 days of nursing care. After that, a couple is left with only one of two options. If they are fortunate enough to be able to afford long-term health insurance, that insurance would then take over payments.

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