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Retirement and divorce

Florida is a popular place for many people to retire. A thorny issue that comes up when couples are planning retirement is divorce, which can cause both partners change the plans they had made for many years. Divorce among older couples, also known as "gray divorce," is on the rise.

Steps for filing for a divorce

Couples in Florida who want to get a divorce may be uncertain about how to get the process started. While initiating a divorce can be a relatively simple process, filers should keep in mind that legally separating oneself from a spouse is a process that can be complicated.

Several factors can indicate greater likelihood of divorce

There are a number of factors that can indicate whether a Florida couple is headed for divorce. Every couple is deals with their own situations, so statistical indications may have little value for any individual marriage. However, these risk factors can help highlight situations that may lead to the end of a marriage.

Certain factors may help push couples toward divorce

Couples in Florida and across the United States may wonder if there are certain factors that make them more likely to decide to end their marriages. Celebrity divorces may make headlines, but 22 percent of couples overall see some sort of disruption of their marriage within the first five years.

Situations that might result in a divorce

The decision to get a divorce may be a difficult one for some people in Florida. While it may appear to outsiders that a line has been crossed in a marriage, it may be more difficult for a person in that marriage to make the determination to end it. However, there are circumstances in which a person might decide divorce is necessary, and in fact, their only option.

Study looks at demographics of wage garnishment

A study released Sept. 27 from the ADP Research Institute suggests that more men than women in Florida may be facing a wage garnishment. The study found that more than 70 percent of people whose wages were garnished nationwide were men, and most of those garnishments were for nonpayment of child support.

Studies look at factors that affect divorce rates

People in Florida may be more likely to divorce if they married in their late teens, early twenties or after the age of 32. They may also be more prone to divorcing if they did not finish college or if they spent more than $20,000 on their wedding. These are among the findings of a number of nationwide studies that looked at factors in divorce.

Tips to avoid financial mistakes during divorce

When Florida couples get a divorce, one party may pay alimony and child support to the other. They also need to divide property. However, there are a number of common financial mistakes people make at this time. For example, a recipient of alimony and child support might want to consider getting an insurance policy on the ex-spouse. This will provide protection against the loss of that income in the event of the payer's death.

Divorce rates are higher for certain occupations

People in Florida who are actuaries, scientists, physicians or software developers might be less likely to get a divorce than those who work irregular hours. These were among the findings presented by FlowingData based on data from the American Community Survey in 2015. The data also showed that there was a strong correlation between income and divorce rate.

Consistent coparenting after divorce

After Florida parents divorce and their children are moving back and forth between their homes, they may find that their household rules are inconsistent. This can be damaging for children who need stability and consistency at this time. Parents should sit down with a focus on the children to work out how they will make these rules consistent. If children are 6 or older, they may be able to participate in the process as well. These negotiations may go more smoothly if parents decide ahead of time which points they can compromise on and which ones they cannot.

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