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What to do when getting ready to divorce

When some people in Kansas return to their regular lives following the holiday season or summer vacation, they might have made a decision to divorce. Attorneys report getting a high volume of calls at both of these times of year. Even a person who has not yet made a decision about divorce can start to learn more about the process and prepare in case it does come to pass.

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 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.

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.

Reasons to remain married or get a divorce

When married Kentucky couples who have children are contemplating divorce, the biggest concern that they may have is how the children will handle it. Couples on the edge of a divorce have several factors to consider, especially if they are concerned that getting a divorce may not be the right choice where the children are concerned.

The different ways to settle a divorce

For Kansas residents, filing for divorce may be a painful process. This may be true whether a person opts for mediation, a collaborative divorce or litigation. Regardless of how the end of a marriage is handled, the first step is to actually file for divorce.

Age, education and attitude influence chances of divorce

Social scientists have identified a variety of demographic factors and behaviors that increase the likelihood of couples getting divorced. For example, a newlywed couple in Kansas that displays affection frequently could actually see the romance fizzle more often than their less affectionate counterparts. The results from a 13-year study of 168 couples showed a higher divorce rate among the people who had started out with intense passion.

Studies find stability in relationships begun online

While some Kansas residents may have heard that online dating is mostly for casual relationships, studies actually show that relationships that begin online may be more stable and long-lasting than those that do not. Two economics professors used modeling to predict how relationships starting online would progress compared to those that started offline and found that the ones starting online lasted longer.

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