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Gray divorce is becoming common across the country

Deciding to end a marriage at any age is tough and extremely stressful. These days, more and more senior adults in Arizona are experiencing divorce. According to recent statistics, divorce rates among adults ages 50 and older in the United States have nearly doubled in the last 20 years. Commonly known as gray divorce, this unique situation presents special challenges to senior adults who find themselves thrust into sudden instability.

What can be causing this trend of later-in-life divorce? One factor may be that people are living longer these days, but societal stigmas toward divorce in general have been greatly reduced. It is possible that many senior adults, when faced with the prospect of a longer life, are simply refusing to stay unhappily married. Adult children and grandchildren of gray-divorcees certainly feel the impact. Grandchildren especially may not understand why they no longer see their grandparents together.

Child custody: More parents are choosing co-parenting

When Arizona parents separate these days, a common arrangement is shared parenting. Also known as co-parenting, this is a child custody arrangement in which both parents assume equal and joint responsibility of raising children even though the parents are legally separated. Although this type of custody agreement can be difficult, especially during a divorce, it is arguably the most beneficial custody arrangement for children.

Special efforts are needed by both parents in order to make co-parenting successful. Even if both parents understand the benefits of effective co-parenting, the emotional effects of divorce can make it a challenge. Parents should consider creating a parenting agreement. This makes the arrangement more of a business agreement, which could help to take emotions out of play when making decisions that will affect children.

Child support program offers help to those behind on payments

For parents in Arizona and across the nation, the needs of children are a primary concern. When parents separate, a shock is often felt as two incomes are suddenly reduced to one. To offset this loss, child support laws were established in all states. Unfortunately, sometimes the noncustodial parent cannot make child support payments, which can eventually result in jail time. Instead of throwing offenders in jail, one state uses a program to help those behind on payments.

The program was started in 2012 to obtain payments from noncustodial parents who were delinquent by helping them find employment. According to one advocate, before the program was started, parents who couldn't make payments were given jail time over and over while the children were not getting much-needed financial support. Now, the program works with unemployed parents one-on-one to help them find work.

Tips for fathers going through divorce

It's estimated that about half of all marriages in the United States end in separation. Those going through this experience can be left emotionally and psychologically devastated. Social stereotypes often portray men as being the emotionally stronger sex, but this is not always the case. Fathers going through divorce may find themselves struggling and in need of support, but reluctant to seek help. The following advice could be helpful for fathers in Arizona going through the divorce process.

One of the most important things to do in any tense situation is to keep a level head and react rationally. Divorces are commonly high-conflict situations. Instead of engaging in battles, be flexible and learn to manage emotions. This benefits both parties and can make for a less strenuous divorce process, especially for children.

Protect your ability to retire after an Arizona divorce

Getting divorced often has a serious financial impact on both you and your spouse. There are certain steps you can take to protect your finances and many factors you need to consider to minimize the financial impact of your divorce. One of the areas that is most often significantly changed in a divorce is your retirement fund.

Generally speaking, those divorcing in Arizona can expect to split most of their retirement savings or investments as part of the divorce process. Unless you have a prenuptial agreement that protects these assets or you acquired them prior to marriage, you and your spouse will most likely both and up with part of your retirement fund.

States now offer programs to help with child support payments

These days, it often takes the income of both parents to make sure the needs of the family are met. However, when parents separate, the household income can plummet and that can ultimately lead to the children going without basic necessities such as clothing or health care. Fortunately, Arizona has established a system of child support to ensure that the economic needs of children are met when parents split. Noncustodial parents who neglect child support payments can face hefty penalties such as driver's license suspension and even jail time. Most states offer some leniency when certain circumstances prevent parents from making child support payments.

One state in particular is offering a program to aid parents who have fallen behind on child support payments. Parents whose driver's license have been suspended due to nonpayment of child support can take advantage of the program to get back on track for their payments. The program is called "Back in the Driver's Seat."

Helpful tips for adjusting to life after divorce

It's common knowledge that the end of a marriage can be one of life's most difficult challenges. Separating from a long-time partner is a huge change and definitely takes some getting used to. Every divorce is different, but common themes in most separations are the difficulties that come with adjusting to the drastic lifestyle changes. What follows are a few tips that could help Arizona citizens during this transitional period.

Those who experience divorce should take adequate time to mourn and allow themselves to experience the emotions of grief. It is important to work through these feelings instead of trying to numb the pain. Life coaches and therapists can prove to be very helpful in processing these complicated emotions.

Parents should work together to avoid child custody disputes

The primary concern for most parents in Arizona is the well-being of their children. Because of this, child custody can be a big area of disagreement when parents decide to go their separate ways. It is not uncommon for lengthy child custody battles to be ignited over very minor disagreements. When parents are at odds in a viscous custody battle, the children suffer the most. To serve the best interests of the children and relieve any stress that children may have due to this situation, parents should always cooperate and work to resolve differences.

A child custody battle between Donald Trump Jr. and his soon-to-be former spouse made headlines recently, as the couple reportedly resolved their disputes. According to reports, a formal written agreement will be completed in the coming weeks. Reports said the judge congratulated them on working out their differences.

Children suffer the most from unpaid child support

Fortunately, governments in every state across the country have established systems of support for children whose parents have separated. Child support is money paid from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent in order to meet the financial needs of their children. Although Arizona parents who have separated may no longer be obligated to each other, they remain obligated to support the needs of their children. Child support is court-ordered, and strict penalties exist for those who choose to neglect child support payments. These penalties can include wage garnishment, suspension of driver's license and even extensive jail time.

These days, it's not uncommon to see reports of parents neglecting to pay child support. In some instances, the amount of unpaid child support has even hit six figures. This was the case in an incident in another state that led to the arrest of one man who reportedly owed over $100,000 in unpaid child support.

Parents' divorce can impact a child's ability to attend college

Parents who are going through a divorce are often focused on how it will impact their current reality. Many don't think about how the situation might affect everyone involved in the future. This can be devastating down the road for the children.

Your divorce may play a part in your child's ability to receive financial assistance for college. Most children can't just pay for classes outright, so not being able to secure aid can prevent them from being able to attend school.

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