recent divorce trends - long island divorce lawyers

According to the American Psychological Association, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce; subsequent marriage divorce rates are even higher. While divorce is never an easy part of life, certain aspects of divorce have changed with new trends being observed. Here are some trending topics around the subject of divorce:

Grey Divorce

A new trend labeled “Grey Divorce” , a trend in which couples over 50 are getting divorced, is on the rise. There are thought to be many factors contributing to older couples divorcing. Mid-life couples may be more likely to divorce after staying together long enough for their children to emancipate. Divorce may have been unheard of in prior generations, yet it is more socially acceptable today. Additionally, there are a vast number of older couples, also known as the “baby boomer” generation. The numbers themselves may be high enough to contribute to a higher rate of older couples divorcing.

Women initiating divorce

A majority of divorces are initiated by women. Women being more independent in the form of education and career may be contributing factors for women initiating divorce proceedings. Social status may be another contributing factor. Whereas a generation ago divorce was frowned upon, women today are not looked down upon simply because they are divorced. Divorce is simply more accepted in today’s society.

Education and age also seem to play a part in divorce trends. Couples who marry at a younger age (late teens/early twenties) have a higher chance of divorcing. It seems that couples with more education and stronger careers divorce less.

Divorce Mediation

In a traditional divorce, each individual would hire their own attorney to fight on their behalf. However, with divorce mediation, a highly trained mediator will guide the couple through the process together. Issues relating to the divorce are discussed in an open and more informal setting. The mediator is a neutral third party and can assist in facilitating the process, so the couple may negotiate fair and equitable resolutions to their issues. The mediator is a highly-skilled, impartial party who supports couples to move toward an agreement that best serves them and the couple’s children.

What are the benefits of mediation? Mediation can save time, energy, and money but more importantly, give the couple the opportunity to come to an agreement with dignity. Mutual respect before the divorce can have a trickle-down impact as to how the couple handles their new life post-divorce.

If you are going through a divorce, contact our team of experienced Divorce Lawyers at Winkler Kurtz, LLP. With over 25 years experience, rest assured that our team will provide the most expert legal counsel available. Give us a call at (631) 928-8000 to schedule a consultation.

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