It is that time of year when people are either filing their income tax forms or procrastinating. With April 15 getting closer by the day, a story we read recently about an accountant and his wife makes for food for thought.
No matter who you are and no matter what your career and family circumstances might be, divorce is not easy. Divorce might be most complicated of all for parents who are trying to juggle work responsibilities with the needs of their children.
The challenges thrown at Lake Charles businesspeople every day are enough to make all but the strongest entrepreneurs run for cover. When you add the challenges of marriage to the demands of creating and running a successful business, the combination can sometimes force a person to choose between commerce and personal relationships.
It happens at the end of every year: couples struggling to keep their marriages intact will give their relationships one last chance over the holidays. For some couples, that renewed effort brings them closer together and revives their marriages. For others, the holidays serve as a last gasp for their marriages, making it clear that it is finally time to go in another direction.
We have all heard that half of all marriages end in divorce. But that statistic has been outdated for years, Time magazine says. The divorce rate is on the decline and sits at about 39 percent in the U.S. today.
Six years ago, we had a different U.S. President, Louisiana governor, LSU football coach, and a different coach guiding the McNeese State Cowboys. The best-selling singer of 2012 was Carly Rae Jepsen, the Summer Olympics were in London and Google Glass was a thing.
It is often true that problems couples experience in marriage will often follow them into their divorce. If a spouse hides spending or financial information from the other during their marriage, that pattern can continue as they go through the legal process of obtaining a Louisiana divorce.
Our friends make us laugh and help us face adversity and get through tough times. And according to recent research, our friends are also tremendously influential in matters of divorce. A study by Brown University, Harvard University and the University of California found that you are 75 percent more likely to divorce if a friend has divorced.
It is often difficult to know how to deal appropriately with the emotions and very personal issues that divorce can bring to the surface. There are clearly different types of support and interactions involved when you discuss your divorce with a family member or close friend than when talking about it with a neighbor or co-worker.
For years, many people believed that prenuptials were exclusively for the wealthy. That perception has changed in recent years, however, as increasing numbers of engaged couples have opted in on the legal documents that describe the division of assets should a couple one day divorce.