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Handling finances before a divorce

For Virginia couples who are ending their marriage, the manner in which they should handle their finances with a divorce on the horizon may be a cause for concern. However, there are things they can do to prepare for the process.

Shared parenting after a divorce

Parents in Virginia that are splitting up may want to consider engaging in shared parenting after the divorce. According to multiple studies, shared parenting is a significant factor in the health and development of children after their parents get divorced.

Disagreements over Donald Trump leading to divorce

Arguments over politics are commonplace in a marriage. Virginia couples who are on different ends of the political spectrum will frequently debate certain issues and agree to disagree. However, some circumstances can send a dispute over the edge and lead to the end of a marriage. Research has shown this to be the case with the election of President Trump.

Some demographics more at risk for gray divorces

So-called gray divorces, or separations affecting people over the age of 50, have increased substantially in Virginia and across the country. While divorce isn't always predictable, researchers and analysts have found common associations for divorce and underlying reasons that couples over 50 should be aware of.

Divorce down for younger couples, up for older ones

People at or over the age of 50 in Virginia and throughout the country may be more likely to divorce than people in the 25-to-39 age group, and in 2015, they were getting a divorce at two times the rate they were in 1990. People at or over 65 are three times more likely to divorce than they were in 1990. However, the divorce rate is dropping among younger couples, and this may be because people are marrying later in life.

What may happen to a trust in a divorce

Virginia residents who are getting married and who are the beneficiaries of a family trust might want to check the terms of that trust to find out its status in the case of a divorce. With a third party trust, even if it is intended only for one individual, the other spouse might have a claim on it.

Making decisions about IVF embryos during a divorce

When Virginia couples decide that it is time to start a family, they may turn to in-vitro fertilizarion in order to conceive children that are biologically related to them. However, IVF can take a long time, and the stress of trying to start a family can potentially cause marriages to fail. In this case, the couple will have to make hard decisions regarding the frozen embryos that were created.

Divorce rate down, marriages up slightly

While divorce appears to be on the decline in Virginia and across the U.S., researchers say that this statistic does not necessarily predict whether an individual couple's marriage will last or not. Some experts claim there is still a 50/50 chance of every marriage ending in divorce.

The financial aspects of divorce

Negotiations over delicate matters like property division and spousal support can quickly become heated during a divorce, but knowing what to expect may help spouses to avoid bitter disputes and reach amicable agreements. While Virginia's equitable distribution law does not require marital property to be divided equally, it does call for the division to be basically fair. Spouses should prepare for these discussions by setting realistic goals, and they should not allow their emotions to get the better of them when the conversation turns to assets with great sentimental value.

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