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November 30, 2016

Are There “Seasons” For Divorce?

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According to a new academic study, it appears that there may be certain times of year when dissatisfied spouses are more likely to file for divorce. Specifically, based upon divorce data accumulated between 2001 and 2015, divorce rates spike twice a year – first in March and then again in August.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

November 25, 2016

You Don’t Have to Be Wealthy to Need an Estate Plan

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It is a common misconception that you do not need an estate plan if you do not consider yourself “wealthy.” Far too often, we see and hear stories of families who are struggling to cope without clear guidance from their loved ones, not fully aware of their loved ones’ final wishes and often not satisfied with the decisions the law makes for people when they do not make important decisions on their own.

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Categories: Estate Planning

November 23, 2016

While the Overall Divorce Rate Has Steadied, “Grey” Divorces Have Been on the Rise

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If you are in your 50s or older and considering a divorce, you are not alone. According to a study recently published by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the number of couples calling it quits later in life (a so-called “grey” or “silver” divorce) is on the rise. In fact, while overall divorce rates have remained relatively steady since the early 1990s, the divorce rate among spouses age 50 and above has doubled over the same time period. Among senior citizens age 65 and over, the increase has been even more substantial.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce


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