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Higher rate of senior divorce comes with unique pitfalls

By the age of 50, most Arizona couples hope to be settled in a career with kids nearly grown, if not already out on their own, and a retirement plan firmly in place. The end of a marriage throws all this security into doubt by changing family dynamics, lessening or removing income altogether, and upsetting carefully laid plans. Statistics show this scenario is becoming more common with a large increase in divorces in this demographic.

How one parent's move may lead to changes in visitation

When Arizona parents divorce, they might agree to live near one another to make it easier for their child to move between households. However, this could change if one parent has a new partner a long distance away. That parent might want to move to be nearer that partner. Even though the parent may make an effort to settle somewhere that is not too far from either their new partner or their child, the commute could be an added burden. The other parent might react angrily and refuse to drive the child to the home of the parent who has moved.

Child support payments important for single-parent households

According to sources, participation in the Federal Child Support Enforcement Program has declined in the last few years. This program, created nearly four decades ago and strengthened in 1996, is intended to ensure that parents support their children. However, from 2004 to 2014, the percentage of parents with a formal child support agreement in place declined from 60 percent to 49 percent. This means that many parents in Arizona and throughout the country who are supposed to receive child support may not have a legal mechanism to push the other parent into compliance.

Arizona couples and Milllennial prenup rates

Arizona couples considering marriage may benefit from a prenuptial agreement. According to a 2016 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers survey, prenuptial agreements are increasingly popular among Millennial couples. The survey found that 51 percent of the 1,600 AAML members acknowledged an increase in the number of prenups requested by marrying Millennials. The majority of the respondents also reported that this change has only taken place over the past three years.


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