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Divorce differences at each stage of life

Like a couple anywhere in the United States, a married couple in Texas can face the potential for a divorce at any point in a marriage. Whether together for a few months, a few years or a few decades, problems can mount to the point where one or both partners determines that staying married is not the choice to make. Every divorce carries with it a unique set of circumstances and those can sometimes be associated with the phase of life that people are in when they get divorced.

People who have small children at home must wrestle with the complexities of child custody, child support, parenting time and related matters. During this, managing their children’s emotions as well as their own through the end of a marriage can be a job unto itself. When divorcing at a later age when children are older and out of the house, some people still find challenges relating to property division. Concerns about protecting retirement accounts or other long-term savings assets abound.

For some people, even despite the difficulties and natural losses of a divorce, the end result can be an opportunity to create a better future. Some even report being liberated by the lack of responsibility to others and a newfound simplicity in life. No two divorces are alike and it is difficult if not impossible to predict how one may feel when going through this challenging process.

Divorce legal issues can have emotional and financial impact that lasts for years. People considering a divorce may want to talk to an attorney to learn how to best approach the experience.

Source: Huffington Post, “Why Divorce in Your Fifties Is Easier Than Divorce At Any Other Age,” May 30, 2014

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