Disagreements are common in a divorce. While alimony and child custody tend to be the most heated, what to do with a family home can be a major source of stress. Who stays in the home can affect everything from each spouse's cost of living to child custody arrangements. There are three basic arrangements that can be made, when one spouse wants to retain the property, for a family home during a divorce.
Cost is one of the most important factors that couples in Arizona and throughout the country consider when determining whether to file for divorce. Divorce can be expensive: up to $15,000 per person in the United States. There are a number of factors that will determine if the divorce is more or less expensive.
Divorce rates in Arizona and around the country have fallen of late, but about 1 million couples still choose to end their marriages each year. In 2000, the divorce rate stood at four out of every 100,000, but that figure has since fallen to 2.9 out of every 100,000. However, this fall in divorces is more likely caused by fewer couples choosing to marry to begin with than an increase in marital bliss.
Divorcing later in life is becoming more and more common in Arizona and all over the United States. Often referred to as gray divorce, the phenomenon has created new challenges for people over the age of 50. In the 1990s, 10 percent of people over 50 years of age were divorced. The number has since increased to 25 percent. The experience of gray divorce is financially stressful and can lead to a number of psychological side effects.