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 But that statistic has been outdated for years, Time magazine says.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.
“People decide that they want to be divorced — and in their minds, it’s done. It’s over,” said a woman who divorced her husband late last year. Because of unexpected complications with his health insurance, she wound up keeping him on her insurance for five months while the end of the marriage was being finalized.
There are so many factors to consider as you begin to ponder a divorce. Those factors include child custody and child support, as well as spousal support (also known as alimony) and property division.
There is no perfect age at which to marry. There is a risk of divorce for all couples that marry, regardless of their respective ages.