Divorce Archives

Divorce makes family structures more complex

North Carolina residents may have trouble identifying their family members as divorce complicates how families are structured. Of families headed by someone under the age of 55, roughly 33 percent are headed by a stepparent. Of those who are 55 or older and have adult children, roughly one-third have a stepchild. This was according to data from research conducted by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and other parties.

Steps to take when considering divorce

Coming back from summer vacation or holidays is a popular time for people to contact attorneys about divorce. Some Charlotte residents might be considering divorce for some time before making a final decision, and they might make a last effort at the marriage during these times. However, even if a decision is not definite, people can take steps to prepare for divorce.

Coparenting with a narcissistic ex-spouse

Parents in Charlotte who have divorced narcissistic spouses may find that their exes have been using their children as a weapon against them. One woman's narcissistic ex-spouse often created problems whenever there was a court action that forced him to follow their divorce agreement. She had just filed a fifth time to get him to pay support when he sent an email saying the children did not want to come back to her place because they were afraid of her.

A team can help people survive divorce

People in Charlotte going through a divorce can often struggle with emotional, psychological and financial aspects of the end of a marriage. A divorce can take a while to sort out, especially in a contested court process with a series of hearings and legal developments. Throughout a divorce, the support of a team can be very important in helping affect the outcome of the process.

Divorce after retirement carries particular issues

Retirement isn't only a time for relaxation and settling down to enjoy life. As people in North Carolina and throughout the United States enjoy longer, more active and healthful retirement periods, their rate of divorce has increased over the years. The divorce rate for couples above the age of 50 has grown by 50 percent since 1987 and is continuing on an upward trend. Even though the overall American divorce rate for couples has declined in the same period, one out of four couples divorces after the age of 50. Departure from the workplace and the exit of adult children from the family home can help to bring existing fissures and tensions in a marriage to the forefront.

Reasons that couples get divorced

There are many factors that may contribute to divorces in North Carolina. One of the leading causes of divorce is infidelity. While some couples are able to overcome cheating, others may not be able to do so. Some marriages may disintegrate after a single instance of cheating while others may be able to move past multiple instances.

Incidents that may indicate the need for a divorce

When people are struggling with a decision about whether or not to divorce, there might be incidents that push them toward ending the marriage. One of those incidents might be a Charlotte spouse's third arrest for driving under the influence. Although the spouse may have promised many times to get treatment for alcoholism, the change in behavior may have only been temporary and the spouse might have begun drinking again. On the third arrest, the partner may decide that the marriage must end despite still loving the spouse.

Getting divorced after decades of marriage

After decades of marriage, there are some North Carolina couples who decide that it is time to get a divorce. While doing so at any age can be difficult, those who are ending their marriage later in life may face more difficulties due to a lack of time to financially recover before retiring.

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