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Can an extended work life prevent senior divorce?

Many Arizona residents who are currently age 50 and beyond married when they were in their early 20s. Since then, some have spent several decades raising children together, others have built successful businesses and some have accomplished both. In recent years, however, senior divorce has been on the rise, and many of the couples in this state and throughout the nation have headed for court to sever their marital ties.

Some might think that after being married so long, it does not make much sense to divorce and start all over as a single person that is entering the later part of his or her life. Others say it is never too late to begin again, especially if the alternative means staying in an unhappy marriage. There are also those who believe that marriage is to last until death, even if both spouses are unhappy in the relationship.

4 tips to prepare for becoming a foster parent

So you are thinking about becoming a foster parent? This is a great ambition to have. You want to do what many people would never do. Becoming a foster parent is an incredible way to give children without parents a chance for a better life. You may be a little anxious or worried about the process, though. 

As long as you are ready to put in the work and give all of your love to a foster child, you can accomplish your goal. Here are some ways you can prepare for becoming a foster parent. 

Overcoming potential negative consequences of divorce

No one can predict which Arizona marriages will last a lifetime and which will not. As no two situations are exactly the same, there is no way of knowing what particular issues may cause couples to divorce. Those facing these issues will want to be aware of potential negative impacts many studies show can arise as former spouses adapt to their new lifestyles.

A main concern for many newly divorced people reportedly has to do with alcohol abuse. For some, an isolated incident brings about an abrupt end to a marriage, while others may have inklings over time that things are headed for divorce. In either situation, there may be emotional wounds to heal and feelings of depression that could lead those with propensities for misuse of alcohol to some bad habits. Studies also suggest that those who remarry are less likely to have alcohol-related problems associated with their divorces.

Tips for taking the sting out of divorce

Ending a marriage in court is often a grueling process. Many types of issues can exacerbate an already stressful situation, such as those involving new parenting arrangements, property division matters or other financial disagreements. There are several things Arizona residents can do following divorce to help jump-start their new lifestyles and overcome any lingering negative vibes leftover from court proceedings.

Some say surviving the divorce process is enough to warrant a splurge. Those who had to battle their spouses every step of the way during marriage to make any types of purchases at all seem to gain particular satisfaction out of buying something new for themselves once their divorces are finalized. For them, it's a way of embracing their independence and freedom to make their own financial decisions as the future unfolds.

Avoiding obstacles and delays in the adoption process

Many Arizona families welcome children from other families into their homes as their own. Adoption is often chosen as a most viable means for family expansion for various reasons, including many situations where prospective parents have been unable to conceive and bear biological children of their own. Others have biological children but wish to share their homes and lives with other children in need.

There are several types of adoption, including those processed domestically within the United States, internationally or privately. Each system has its own regulations. Some parents have unique interests and submit requests for particular children, such as those under or over certain ages, those of specific genders or those with special needs, such as Downs Syndrome. Many adoptions go through with little to no legal trouble.

A senior divorce complicated by assets, debt and a mistress

Many readers may currently be experiencing marriage problems. Arizona residents are definitely not immune to a rising trend sweeping the nation known as gray divorce. This topic pertains to those who untie their knots at age 50 or beyond. Although not every person who does so happens to be a billionaire, such as famed developer, Harry Macklowe, even those of average means may relate to some of the complications commonly associated with senior divorce.

In Macklowe's case, the 80-year-old has been married to the same woman (named Linda) for nearly 60 years. In circumstances many might find odd, Macklowe has publicly acknowledged a romantic relationship with another woman (who also happens to be married to another man) for whom he has secured living arrangements just blocks away from the home he still shares with his wife. Divorce proceedings have become complicated, in particular because Macklowe agreed to give his wife half his fortune but also claims he is at least $400 million in debt.

Can living in a retirement community cause senior divorce?

There are many reasons that a particular Arizona married couple may choose to sell their home and move to a retirement community. However, some believe doing so may actually cause marital decline, and perhaps even lead to divorce in many cases. Readers can make up their own minds as to whether communal retirement living may be a causal factor toward the steadily increasing numbers of senior divorce throughout the nation.

The author states that human beings are social creatures and tend to do as others do around them. Older married couples living in retirement communities may be isolated from mainstream culture, completely surrounded by peers their own age, with similar problems in health, finances and even marriage. Many believe that when aging couples see their retirement community friends severing marital ties, they are likely to do the same.

What happens to the family business when the owners divorce?

Divorcing couples in Arizona confront a variety of issues during this difficult process. Those who have built and operated a family business over the year must also deal with the way Arizona's property division principles can affect its future.

One major legal rule affecting divorce is the state's community property approach, which assumes most property acquired during the marriage belongs equally to both spouses and therefore gets divided equally upon divorce.

Time with both parents may help solve child custody issues

When married couples with children divorce, they've often got their work cut out for them with regard to developing amicable parenting plans. Arizona parents may be interested in results from various studies that suggest there may be a way to help children better adapt to new lifestyles when their parents decide they no longer want to be married to each other. Years ago, it was often assumed that mothers would get physical custody of their children. Nowadays, many fathers have child custody privileges as well.

In fact, studies show that the best way to help children bounce back after their parents divorce is for the court to mandate equal time spent with both parents. This is sometimes called shared parenting or co-parenting; no matter what title is applied, the process itself may be a viable option for those hoping to decrease the amount of stress their kids experience when they divorce. This option would obviously not even be considered in situations where a particular parent's contact with children has been deemed a detriment to their well-being.

Is senior divorce a topic in your conversations after 40 years?

Many adult children in Arizona are concerned about their aging parents. Some are helping mothers or fathers address adverse health-related issues. Others, however, are shocked and confused about another topic: senior divorce. These sons and daughters are wondering why their parents are deciding to call it quits on their marriages after 40 or more years.

It's reportedly a rising trend, and the reasons those who have severed their marital ties in court give for their decisions greatly vary, although there does appear to be certain common factors among them. Some say they had a difficult time living together after retirement. They found themselves unable to adjust to spending so much time together and simply decided to go their separate ways.