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Maintaining good health after a divorce for older adults

Some people in Florida may have heard the term "grey divorce" to refer to the growing phenomenon of people 50 and older ending their relationships. Researchers say that people are living longer and placing higher expectations on their marriage. With women no longer as economically dependent on their husbands as in the past, more older people may be seeking a divorce, but there can be drawbacks.

Pitfalls for older adults to avoid when divorcing

Divorce for couples in Florida and throughout the country who are 50 and older is a growing reality. The divorce rate in this age group is twice as high as it was in 1990, and it is three times as high for people who are older than 64. While experts have theorized that retiring from fulfilling work or the empty nest syndrome could be to blame, studies show that simply being dissatisfied with the marriage is the main reason for these late-life divorces.

Effective ways to parent a child when a marriage ends

Florida parents may not want to work together to raise their children after their marriage comes to an end. However, it is important that they do so for the sake of their children. It can be easier to work with another person when there is an agreement in writing to do so. The parenting plan can be tailored to avoid conflict while still working to meet the needs of a son or daughter.

Preparing for a hearing on child custody or time-sharing

When parents in Florida know that they have an upcoming child custody hearing, they may be confused about what is to come or even intimidated by the formality of the process. When going into a child custody proceeding, it is important for a parent to be as well-prepared as possible. By understanding how the process works, parents can help gather the information that they need in order to present their arguments effectively in court.

LGBT couples could face increased adoption discrimination

Potential LGBT parents in Florida and across the country may be concerned about Congressional moves to hinder their ability to adopt. Across the country, around 114,000 of the 700,000 same-sex couples that share a home have children. While most gay parents are raising biological children, over 20 percent have adopted. In comparison, only 3 percent of opposite-sex couples are raising adopted children. Furthermore, nearly 3 percent of gay families are foster parents while only 0.4 percent of straight families are.

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