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Divorced people report less financial security than married

Many people in Kansas who get a divorce might not have a financial plan in place to deal with this event. A survey conducted for TD Ameritrade by Head Solutions Group found that about two-thirds of people who were married had not planned for widowhood or divorce despite divorce ending around 4 in 10 marriages. Most respondents, 72 percent of men and 62 percent of women, said they were confident they would be able to handle these situations financially.

Watch out for signs of parental alienation

When people in Kansas consider divorcing, one of the most troubling aspects of the end of a marriage can be preserving the parental relationship with children and protecting the kids from the emotional maelstrom of divorce. From the basic issues that arise like child custody, parenting plans and child support to more difficult problems in combative divorces, ending a marriage with children can be difficult for every member of the family. While feeling anger, resentment or upset is entirely normal in the course of a divorce, it is also possible for parents to put the interests of their children first in co-parenting.

Alimony payments must meet deductibility requirements

Individuals in Kansas who make alimony or spousal support payments may, in most cases, deduct the amount of the payments when they pay taxes. Likewise, the recipient of alimony payments is generally required to report the payments as income. Not all payments to a former spouse qualify as alimony, though, for tax purposes. Child support payments are usually not deductible, for example, and there are certain requirements that must be met before alimony payments can be deducted.

Getting divorced from a deported immigrant?

Divorce is seldom without challenge, as you likely understand if you're currently navigating the process. Hopefully, you have a strong support network of friends and family in Kansas who are providing assistance and encouragement as you do what you need to do to rectify your problems and move forward toward a new lifestyle. There are some types of situations, however, that make divorce even more complicated; if the U.S. government happens to have recently deported your soon-to-be former spouse, you may encounter some very problematic issues.

Getting professional help during divorce

When people in Kansas get a divorce, they may need the assistance of family, friends and professionals during this difficult time. Family, friends and a therapist can all provide emotional support. Other helpful professionals may include a financial adviser and an attorney.

A DUI is not just handled in criminal court

You were driving yourself home after a night out on the town with your friends. Just short of home, an officer pulled you over for suspected DUI. You ended up getting arrested and have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Yes, you'll have to go to court in order to resolve the issue. Did you know you need to go to an administrative hearing as well? This is standard procedure in Kansas and elsewhere.

Divorce rate is increasing for people over 50

The rate of divorce has escalated for spouses over the age of 50 in Kansas and across the United States. While the overall rate of divorce for Americans has declined since 1987, it has actually increased for those over 50 years old. In fact, one out of every four couples decides to divorce after the age of 50. Divorce can become more likely following major life changes such as retirement or the departure of adult children from the home.

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