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Factors the increase the risk of divorce

Although making a marriage work can be difficult for Kansas couples, there are some risk factors that may make it more difficult for some than others, according to a variety of studies. Although many of the factors are out of both individuals' control, taking steps to strengthen the relationship may help it last.

When divorce is the right choice

For couples in Kansas, choosing to divorce can be an extremely difficult decision. However, there are certain situations in which getting a divorce may be the only choice for individuals who want to make sure that they and their children are able to live a fruitful life.

Divorce, older adults and protecting retirement

Kansas residents who are 50 and older might be more likely to get divorced than their younger counterparts, and they may be more likely to do so than others in their age group were in previous decades. So-called "gray divorce" has doubled since the 1990s, and although the rate is dropping overall, this is not the case among older adults. Unfortunately, because this age group is closer to retirement, there is less opportunity to recoup losses from a divorce.

Meeting the financial challenges of divorce

When Kansas couples end their marriage and there is a significant income disparity between the two, this can mean the person with the lower income needs to make a financial plan for the future. More often, the lower-earning party is a woman because women's incomes still lag behind men at around 82 cents to the dollar. There are a number of reasons for this, but one is that women tend to be more likely to take over care-giving duties for children or older relatives. This means that they may have to work fewer hours. In turn, they have fewer opportunities for career advancement and are less able to save money.

Costly divorce errors with premature property division

Though negotiations over property division in Kansas and around the country are often stressful, the nuts and bolts of dividing some assets are actually quite simple. One example of this is the joint bank account. Even though either spouse can close a joint account at any time, it is important to be prudent about such decisions prior to a divorce.

Legal counsel is helpful when spousal support issues arise

When you and your spouse file for divorce, there will be many issues that the two of you need to discuss and, ultimately, settle. One of these could be spousal support (often called alimony), though it will depend on your specific circumstances. Not every divorce has spousal support involved. It will be up to a judge to determine if spousal support should be involved in your divorce.

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