Most people across the nation, including many here in Arizona, believe that living together with your significant other prior to marriage makes you more likely to get a divorce. The reason for this belief is because of studies that have been conducted over the years that have validated it. But a new study released by the Council on Contemporary Families is suggesting something very different.

According to a professor from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, there is actually little correlation between cohabitation and divorce. What really predicts the likelihood of divorce actually has more to do with a couple’s ages. She says the older studies’ conclusion about cohabitation and divorce had been measured using the wrong variable. By changing the variable, researchers were able to see what is really going on.

It’s over. The papers are signed, and the union is dissolved. The relationship that once may have been the joy of your life is officially over.

In Arizona, just as in every other state, divorce stories are distinct and varied. A divorce is a death of a relationship. Consider some tips by therapists that can help you reconcile your emotions and get on with your life as a single person.

Allow yourself to grieve, but do not delay the process for too long. This can result in mounting fees involving other professionals who may be instrumental in finalizing the process. Consider having a mediator, one that will allow you to be a hands-on negotiator. That places you in control.

When going through a divorce, many couples fail to recognize the importance of property division techniques for stock options. Even though you may not think that stock options are relevant for your Arizona divorce, a qualified family attorney can help you decide whether to include stipulations about these financial resources in your divorce settlement. This is true even of those couples who do not have stock options at the time of a divorce, according to legal experts.

The sad fact is that stock options may go unnoticed during divorce settlement talks, perhaps because of their nebulous nature. A stock option is provided to an employee when a company offers their workers opportunities to purchase future company stock at extraordinarily low current prices. These options may be exercised over a long period of time – typically up to 10 years. By then, your divorce could have been long finalized, and one spouse could end up with an unfair amount of money that was not addressed during the property division stage.

Often, when a couple in Arizona is getting a divorce, many questions come up that revolve around the children, including custody, support, and visitation. Other divorce issues can include continuing to provide for the children’s health insurance, education (including saving for college), and questions surrounding religious instruction, particularly when parents are from different faiths. One troublesome area, which sometimes comes up during a divorce, and sometimes post-divorce, is when one parent wishes, or needs, to relocate to another city, state, or even country.

This is especially prevalent when one or both spouses are originally from a different hometown. Other times, relocation is the result of a job transfer or the need to move to obtain new employment after a job loss or in pursuit of a better opportunity. If the parent seeking to relocate is the custodial parent, this raises all kinds of issues of how the noncustodial parent can maintain strong ties to their children and involvement in their children’s lives, and how visitation will be handled, given the time and economic issues that surround travel.

Older couples in Arizona and nationwide are ending their marriages in greater numbers than before. Figures gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that about 25 percent of all those getting a divorce in the country in 2010 were over the age of 50. This was a significant increase from 20 years before, in 1990, when it was only about 10 percent of the divorces in the country that were drawn from that age group.

Additionally, obviously, as people age, they have gotten divorced at some point in their lives, in many instances, and many have not gotten remarried, so that a larger proportion of the older population may tend to be divorced, along with many who are widowed or widowers.

Around 50 percent of all marriages in Arizona and nationwide ultimately end in divorce. And a lot of those marriages involve children, who wind up primarily living with one parent in most cases, but who may be staying with the other for a visit at a particular time. This may result, when natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes or flood occur, in the children being in the thick of it based on the happenstance of which parent they are currently staying with. Following a divorce, when such natural disasters strike the safety, health, and very survival of children may depend on the advance disaster preparedness of the household under whose roof they happen to be sleeping at the time.

Some suggest, as a result, that divorced parents should, if possible, have a conversation about preparedness issues. When a disaster strikes in the city that both parents live in, plans should be made for which parent will take charge of picking up the children at school, and will it depend on whether the children are supposed to be staying with that parent that week. In some cases, there may be other factors to consider, such as the location and relative safety of the two residences, and whether one has a well stocked shelter, etc.

Couples in Arizona getting a divorce who already have a prenuptial agreement in place may often find the divorce process a bit easier. A majority of divorce attorneys say that they have seen an increasing number of couples using such agreements in recent years. Given the large number of marriages that end in divorce, such preparation can be considered prudent.

There are still some things that need to be worked on prior to finalizing the divorce. You need to be prepared to show that there was full and honest disclosure of financial assets, debts and income and that the prenuptial agreement was properly executed in accordance with the law. If not, it could be set aside and you could be back to square one on issues of property division and spousal support, among other issues. One big advantage of a legal prenuptial agreement is that many of these issues can be settled in advance, avoiding surprises and unnecessary lengthy litigation.

Some married couples in Arizona drift apart, and may wind up being separated for a long time, living in different residences without any formalities. Some put off filing for divorce, sometimes for an extended period of time. This can lead to a variety of problems.

One such issue is that a separation that goes on for an extended period of time may provide a basis for a spouse to try to hide assets. After you have lived in another household for a while, you will have far less personal knowledge of you estranged spouse’s financial affairs. Additionally, you may have little knowledge of or control over how they are handling their finances, which may result in them dissipating what should be marital property to be divided, and incurring substantial new debts that you may be liable for.

The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one. The decision to remarry may be even harder to make. If you are divorced and are thinking about remarriage, you most probably will be concerned with how this decision will impact your life, your finances, the lives of any children you may have, and more.

A new analysis of federal data provided exclusively to USA Today shows the USA’s remarriage rate has dropped 40 percent over the past 20 years. The analysis was performed by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The analysis of data comparing 2011 with 1990 shows that in 2011, just 29 of every 1,000 divorced or widowed Americans remarried, down from 50 per 1,000 in 1990; 2011 was the most recent year available for the review.

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