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What seems to be behind the surge in gray divorce?

Starting life over again without a spouse after the age of 50 might seem like a frightening prospect, but that has not stopped numerous couples here in Kentucky and across the country from doing just that. In fact, so many have taken this leap of faith that the term "gray divorce" was coined to describe it. This may leave many people wondering what is behind this phenomenon.

Should Kentucky couples consider collaborative divorce?

These days, many Kentucky couples shy away from the traditional courtroom battles still used in Hollywood movies for dramatic effect when marriages end. The cost, time and emotional toll this divorce process can have on a family makes it undesirable. This is why many couples now turn to other options such as divorce mediation or collaborative law to resolve their issues in a less contentious, time-consuming and expensive way.

Is keeping the marital home in a Kentucky divorce a good idea?

Many Kentucky residents believe that their home is the most valuable asset they own. At first glance this may be true, but when things such as taxes, repairs and maintenance -- not to mention the mortgage loan payments -- are taken into consideration, that number can drop quickly. That may not necessarily mean anything right now, but in a divorce, the true value of the house could be crucial.

The choice of divorce attorney could make all the difference

Kentucky residents who are planning to end their marriages have many decisions ahead of them. One of them is to choose an attorney who will represent their interests and help them achieve the best divorce settlement possible. Even in an amicable divorce, the need for legal counsel does not go away.

Can the kids be kept out of the divorce?

When parents in Kentucky decide to end their marriages, it may not be possible for them to completely shield their kids from the trauma of the process. However, it may be possible, and even necessary, to protect them from as much of the negativity that may accompany a divorce. Regardless of what happened to the marriage, the kids, especially the young ones, still love both parents.

What do summer vacation and divorce have in common?

Timing is what they have in common. After summer vacations are over, many Kentucky couples could decide that the time is right to divorce. Few parents want to announce a divorce before the family vacation, so many wait until they return, but before school starts. This also gives parents time to let their children get used to the idea since telling them as soon as possible could help prevent problems later.

Should you take your divorce to court or not?

Emotions are often high at the end of a marriage. The parties may be tempted to allow their emotions to determine the course of their divorce proceedings, but fortunately, they do not have to do that. In many instances, Kentucky couples could receive far more benefit for their families and their individual futures by staying out of the courtroom as much as possible.

A divorce without the battle? Yes, it's possible

Contentious courtroom battles, strained relationships and fighting over the china are increasingly becoming a thing of the past. Lots of couples, including many here in Kentucky, are turning to alternative methods of resolving their divorce issues. The methods provide a friendlier atmosphere that fosters compromise and cooperation, which often leads to a more satisfying settlement than those received in traditional courtroom divorces.

Finances are a major issue in a Kentucky divorce

Ending a marriage is an emotional time for most Kentucky couples. That may contribute to the fact that many are surprised when the sum total of their marriages comes down to dividing their property (and custody issues if there are children involved). No matter who or what precipitated the divorce, finances end up taking center stage in most proceedings.

What happens when a divorce involves a retirement plan?

After spending years together, a Kentucky couple more than likely dreamed of what they would do during their retirement years. They may each have diligently contributed to their employers' 401Ks or pension plans in the hopes of making those dreams a reality someday. When it became clear that divorce was on the horizon, each of them may have begun to wonder what would happen to those plans.

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