If you ask ten people the key to a long-lasting marriage, you will likely get ten different answers. But one answer you may not hear is one suggested by U.S. Census Bureau figures: the state you live in may affect the likelihood of divorce.
All divorces are sad, but when a couple divorces after many years together it is especially disheartening to hear about. Recently press reports told of just such a case. Actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are to divorce after being married for 30 years.
As Colorado's Baby Boomer generation enters its 50s and 60s, many of their marriages are coming apart. Although the divorce rate overall has been going down nationwide, divorces of couples over 50 are actually on the increase. In 1990, 10 percent of divorces in this country involved couples aged 50 or over; today that figure is 25 percent.
Colorado baseball fans may have heard of the prolonged and bitter divorce proceedings involving the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his ex-wife. The dissolution of marriage took place two years ago, but disputes over the property settlement have continued. Recently the ex-wife filed a motion with the court asking that the settlement be overturned on grounds of fraud.
Colorado readers may remember former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson from his years with the Bengals, the Patriots and most recently the Dolphins. But Johnson, who formerly went by the name Chad Ochocinco after his jersey number (85), has been in the news recently for other reasons. This summer he was arrested and charged with domestic abuse following an incident in which he allegedly head-butted his wife during an argument. His wife filed for divorce right after that incident. Now, just over a month later, the divorce has been finalized.
Colorado readers are aware of the sacrifices military men and women make in the service of our country. But many people are probably not aware of a little-known casualty of military service: military marriages. In all branches of the military the divorce rate is higher than it has been in over a decade. Nearly 30,000 marriages involving service members ended in divorce last year.
It goes without saying that divorce is one of the most stressful experiences life can present. Colorado couples going through the divorce process may have to deal with contentious property division, child custody and child support disputes-not to mention the stress caused by starting life anew without the familiar landmarks of family life. In a high-asset divorce these stressors may be magnified as the parties deal with the division of real estate, business assets and retirement plans. So we would probably assume that both men and women drink more, on average, after a divorce.
It's no secret that divorce causes serious financial strain. A spouse going through a divorce in Colorado may be faced with legal obligations to pay spousal support and child support, which can set a person back financially. A new study is showing that in addition to these factors, divorce can actually cause a reduction in income, at least among men.
Colorado readers may have heard that Stevie Wonder recently filed for divorce from his fashion designer wife. The couple has been separated since 2009. Wonder filed the papers in Los Angeles Superior Court under his legal name, Stevland Morris.
Divorce is on the rise in America, and military families are no exception.