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A gray divorce as you approach retirement age is a fresh start

There was a time when divorce was mainly the arena of young couples who realized they were incompatible or who experienced issues, like infidelity. Couples who had spent decades together did not choose to divorce, even if their marriages were no longer healthy and happy. That has changed in recent years, with older adults and couples with decades of marriage together choosing to seek a fresh start in their golden years. The divorce rate among couples over the age of 50 has doubled since the 1990s.

Many different factors contributed to this increase. The social stigma around divorce is much lower than it was years ago. Our culture has embraced the idea that sometimes people need to end existing relationships in order to pursue their own happiness and well-being. Couples at or near retirement age may find they no longer have much in common with their spouse and worry about spending years together without the interruptions of childcare and work. For these couples, divorce may be a better option than staying together in an unhappy situation.

Should you wait for the children's graduation to get divorced?

You have two kids. One is a senior in high school. The other is in eighth grade.

For three years now, you have felt terribly unhappy in your marriage. You and your spouse barely speak. You sleep in different rooms. You feel like two tenants simply renting the same house.

Important concerns for same-sex adoptions

Same-sex couples have the same legal rights as heterosexual couples under the law. On paper, this is certainly true, but there are some facts that make certain issues surrounding same-sex marriage unique. This is particularly the case when dealing with children and adoption.

The most unique aspect of gay and lesbian adoption is the fact that the child of a same-sex couple will usually only have DNA from one of the parents. For example, a female couple might find a male sperm donor and one of the women will carry the child. A male couple might find a woman who is willing to serve as a surrogate and egg donor. In both of these cases, one part of the couple will not have contributed any DNA to their child.

These co-parenting tips can put you in a better place

There is a lot to think about as you go through a divorce, including what you can do to maintain a strong relationship with your child.

Although there is nothing easy about co-parenting, the right approach will go a long way in putting you on the path to success.

Your Actions Can Impact Your Efforts To Gain Child Custody

When you are married going through a divorce, you and your spouse begin with joint custody rights. Essentially, this means that both you and your spouse have equal rights to your children. It also means that you both have equal rights to pursue custody of your children in your divorce case.

Custody Laws Provide Equality

Steps To Obtain A Protection From Abuse Order

A protection from abuse order is a civil order that can provide legal protection from domestic violence. It is important to know if you are eligible to get a protection from abuse order, and how you can go about doing so.

Are You Eligible To Get A PFA?

Marital assets and taxes: What about capital gains?

Imagine you're in the midst of the asset division process during your divorce. You want to keep the $1 million family home and your spouse wants to keep the $1 million investment portfolio. Both are worth the same amount of money so it should be a simple process of you keeping the house, and your spouse keeping the investment portfolio -- right?

Not necessarily. Capital gains taxes could apply to either the investment portfolio, the house, or, likely, both. You'll need to consider the amount of these tax liabilities when you're dividing your home.

What legal areas does 'family law' cover?

There are a lot of different areas of the law, and some areas have different courts, structures and legal concepts that litigants must follow. Let's take family law, for instance. The family law court has its own judges who specialize in making family law decisions according to Pennsylvania family law.

Family law cases tend to involve the complicated relationships among spouses, lovers, children, siblings and people who live in the same residence together. Ultimately, it's the family court's job to sort these relationships out, put limits on them, prevent family members from hurting one another and help couples divorce.

How to know whether or not to file for divorce

It's arguably one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make — whether to stay in a dysfunctional marriage or file for divorce. Each spouse has to come to his or her own conclusion whether to file for divorce based on the individual circumstances in the marital relationship. But there are some questions that all can ponder in order to make the right decision for all parties, including the kids.

What motivates you to take this action?

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Against Grandparents

Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rendered a decision that will significantly impact grandparents attempting to obtain custody of their grandchildren during a marital separation.

Grandparents Are Raising Their Grandchildren Now More Than Ever

Recent statistics show that nearly three million grandparents in America are raising their grandchildren. This is up approximately seven percent from 2009. There are several reasons cited for this increase, including


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