Divorce is on the decline for younger adults in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, but that may not be the case for their parents and grandparents. Since the 1990s, divorces among people over 50 years of age have increased by about twice as much. In 1990, only five out of every 1,000 married people older than 50 divorced while in 2015, that number increased to 10. Divorce among people over 65 years old has increased at an even higher rate although the actual figure is lower. In 2015, six out of 1,000 people over 65 years of age got divorced, and this number was three times higher than it was in the 1990s.
Couples in Pennsylvania who are considering marriage may also want to consider completing a prenuptial agreement. There are various situations in which having a prenup may be beneficial.
Going through a divorce in Pennsylvania is usually more complicated for parents of young children than it is for couples with no children. Though arguing over child support and custody agreements can be difficult, the laws concerning these issues are generally understood. When a divorcing couple has embryos that were created for in-vitro fertilization, the laws concerning these potentially unborn children are much more ambiguous.
Divorcing parents in Pennsylvania and around the country have become embroiled in fewer bitter child custody disputes in recent years due to the growing popularity of co-parenting solutions and the large body of scientific research attesting to the benefits of these arrangements. However, the wealthy and famous often find it difficult to take a pragmatic approach in these situations, and contentious court battles over property division or child custody occur often enough to give gossip columnists and celebrity news websites plenty to write about.
Pennsylvania residents may have heard that actor Cuba Gooding Jr. recently put in the paperwork to divorce his wife of 20 years. While news of the divorce came out on Jan. 20, his wife filed for separation in 2014, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has three children together, and Gooding Jr. is requesting joint legal as well as physical custody of their 10-year-old child.
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the start of a new year also tends to bring with it a number of new divorce filings. This is likely due to the fact that people tend to want a fresh start and look for major ways of changing their lives. Additionally, the holidays tend to be very stressful for couples who are already having problems, and money matters, which are a common cause of divorce, may be more likely to crop up.
Social media and other electronic communications are increasingly playing a role in divorces. Along with certain communications causing some spouses to decide to end their marriages, what individuals say on sites like Facebook or in online conversations may also affect the outcome of a divorce.
Many Pennsylvania residents resolve to change their lives as they raise a glass on New Year's Eve, and most of the time these resolutions involve pledges to eat more healthily, take more exercise or pay closer attention to loved ones. However, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the first Monday of January is also one of the busiest days of the year for family law attorneys.
As divorcing after decades of being married is becoming more socially acceptable, some older Pennsylvania couples may find themselves questioning whether doing so is right for them. However, there are some significant challenges that each person will face if they do decide that ending the marriage is a step that needs to be taken.
When parents in Pennsylvania decide to divorce, concerns about the well-being of their children naturally emerge. Research recently published in the journal Pediatrics shows how parents may be able to aid children during the difficult transition period.