Already, we are nearly two decades into the 21st century. A lot has changed during that time, including the makeup of the ‘average’ family. Divorce has changed right alongside these family structures, as we explain below:
Divorce was once regarded as a matter primarily involving spouses in their 20s and 30s. Today, however, it is an increasingly popular option among older couples, who may feel that they’ve grown apart over the years or, perhaps, were never an ideal match in the first place. A notable report from the Pew Research Center reveals that, since 1990, the divorce rate has doubled for Americans over the age of 50. This rapid rise in senior divorce carries with it new concerns regarding retirement savings.
The rise of social media has given way to significant changes in all aspects of divorce — including its pursuit in the first place. While a variety of issues prompt divorce, an increasing number of splits are spurred by concerns revealed on social media. Unfortunately, social media can have an adverse impact on pending divorce cases, with spouses inadvertently prompting negative outcomes by sharing too much online.
With the rise of same-sex marriage has come a concurrent rise in divorce; many couples who would have previously split outside of the legal system now need to go through proper legal avenues to settle their differences. Same-sex divorces largely resemble heterosexual splits, but may also involve unique complications related to child custody and parenting time.
As you deal with the modern complications of divorce, it helps to work with an attorney who is up to date on the strange new world of 21st-century family law. The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. is a wonderful resource to have in your corner; reach out today to learn more.