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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Divorce Rates Increase In Older Population

The face of divorce is slowly changing. Even though approximately 45 percent of marriages in the United States will end with divorce and many of those are younger couples, divorces among people aged 50 or older doubled from 1990 to 2008. 

In 2008, one in every four divorces was involving people in that age group according to a new report entitled "The Gray Divorce Revolution," released by sociology researchers at Bowling Green State University.

Researchers found that those in second or subsequent marriages were 2.5 times more likely to divorce in this age group as those in first-time marriages. They also found African Americans and Hispanics were more likely to divorce than whites. 

Most previous research studying divorce trends focused on younger couples and little research has been connducted up to this point on the aging population. 

Although many of them may not be dealing with issues like custody of children, there is a whole new set of problems that arise for couples divorcing in the later years. Older divorcing couples will have to figure out how to divide joint assets such as stocks and retirement accounts equitably at a time when retirement is around the corner or they have already entered retirement. 

They also may have to rely more on their adult children and other family members to take care of them while they age, as opposed to relying on a spouse to help provide support. 

If you are facing a divorce at any age, it is important to think out and discuss all the factors that need to be considered. You may find the process easier by consulting with a Missouri divorce attorney who can help you make sure you are addressing all possible issues. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce among Middle-aged and Older Adults, 1990-2009

Study Shows Drinking Habits May Affect Marriage Success

A new study showed couples with different drinking habits were more likely to divorce. 

The study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health followed 19,977 couples and their alcohol consumption over a 15-year period. 

Researchers discovered that couples who both drank a large amount were not the most likely to divorce, probably because they were on the same page with drinking. Those couples divorce at a little more than 17 percent. Instead they found that when a wife drinks more than her husband, a marriage has a 26.8 percent chance of failing. If the husband was a heavy drinker, but the wife was not, the divorce rate was 13.1 percent. 

When couples consumed the same amounts of alcohol, they were also less likely to divorce. 

Couples with the best shot at their marriage working were those who consumed little or no alcohol. Those couples divorced about 5.8 percent of the time. 

The findings were published in Tuesday's online edition of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. 

If you or your loved one is facing a divorce it is best to have a Missouri divorce lawyer by your side to navigate the legal waters of a divorce. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

A Wife Earning More Than Her Husband Could Equal Relationship Trouble

A new study released this week from Washington University shows men married to women who make a higher income are more likely to use erectile dysfunction medicines than their male counterparts earning more than their wives. 

The study entitled "Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage," was published by researchers Lamar Pierce, PhD, and colleagues in Denmark in February's Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 

The researchers studied more than 200,000 married couples in Denmark from 1997 to 2006. They found in cases where a wife out-earns her husband, the man is more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, which is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Researchers said this was the case in relationships even when the there were minimal financial differences in respective incomes. 

Women in those situations seemed to suffer from stress,insomnia and anxiety. It seems the overall distress often affected significant decisions concerning marriage, divorce, children and careers.

Interestingly, this was not the case between unmarried couples or where the man earned less money prior to getting married. 

If you are facing a divorce, it is important to have a knowledgeable Missouri divorce attorney by your side. Call for your free, immediate consultation.

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