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Older divorcees often face unique financial challenges

The first years of a couple's marriage may be dominated by love, sex and getting to really know one another. As children are born, financial problems crop up and life falls into a routine; some married couples slowly drift apart. In some cases, after the children are grown and on their own, a couple may come to realize that they no longer have much else in common.

Why today may be the best time to file for divorce

There's a saying related to the belief that when it comes to many things in life "timing is everything." Minnesota residents can likely think of a time or event when this saying rang especially true. From a job offer to a first date, many momentous events in one's life seem to fall into place at exactly the right moment. However, when it comes to divorce, it's often difficult to get the timing right.

Should married couples steer clear of divorced friends?

As human beings, we're all affected and influenced by the people and events around us. For example, if a friend announces he or she is engaged; it's likely close friends may also examine their own lives and relationships and seek to become engaged. The same is often true when one couple in a group decides to start a family; soon a whole group of friends and close acquaintances may become parents.

Conscious co-parenting, difficult but possible

Children are curious by nature and have been equated to sponges that soak up information squeezed from the relationships and environments in which they live. Divorced parents can likely relate to this metaphor as they face the many challenges that accompany divorce, childrearing and co-parenting.

Tips for divorced parents when planning for a child's summer

Thankfully, summer finally appears to be just around the corner which means it will soon be time to break out the shorts, soak up some sun and solidify summer plans. While the majority of Minnesotans are eagerly awaiting the official start to summer, parents with school-age children often face the dilemma of how to entertain kids during the summer months. For divorced parents, planning for a child's summer can be especially challenging and often requires a lot of communication and compromise.

Adult children often struggle to cope with divorce

Research shows that, between 1990 and 2008, divorce rates among couples age 50 and older doubled. While much has been written about how so-called gray divorcees can cope with the financial and emotional fallout of a late-life divorce, the effects of gray divorce on adult children are often disregarded. In many cases, however, adult children are deeply impacted by their parents' divorce which may cause an individual to both internalize and project negative emotions and thoughts.

Life changes may cause changes in perspective about spouse

Marriage is full of many ups and downs. However, when the downs significantly begin to outweigh the ups, it may be time to take stock of a marriage as well as one's own part in contributing to its unhappiness. As an individual ages, experiences as well as responsibilities and shifting perspectives and life goals change and evolve. Rarely does a 50-year-old have the same concerns, priorities and aspirations as when he or she was 20. It's also true that attributes deemed desirable to 20-year-old are often not as desirable or important to a 50-year-old.

Divorce: surviving the process and looking forward

There's no right way to divorce. There are, however, certain steps that, if taken, can greatly benefit individuals both during and after a divorce. The decision to divorce is not one that typically is or should be taken lightly. In fact, many individuals who eventually decide to file for divorce only do so after contemplating the matter for months or years and seeking legal advice. When trying to determine if divorce is the right answer, individuals would be wise to make a list of pros and cons and ensure possible alternatives to divorce have been explored. If an individual chooses to move forward and file for divorce it's important to enlist the assistance of a divorce attorney who is able to provide advice and help navigate the divorce settlement process.

How the Affordable Care Act may affect U.S. divorce rates

Individuals going through a divorce often have a myriad of factors to consider and decisions to make. Most notable are matters related to child custody and the division of assets and property. Previously, the loss of health insurance coverage was another major factor that divorcing individuals were forced to contemplate. However, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, for many divorcees, fears related to health care coverage have largely been erased.

Advice for parents dealing with a difficult ex-spouse

Divorce is often heralded as a time of reflection and new beginnings. Individuals who divorce often feel relieved once a divorce is finalized and are often able to reflect and learn from the mistakes of a failed marriage while focusing on making positive changes to ensure for a happier future. For divorced parents, however, regular contact with an ex-spouse may prove to be difficult. This is especially true in cases when a divorce was conflict-ridden and contentious.

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