Not every marriage works out. In fact, in the U.S. statistics indicate that Each year in the U.S, more than one million people have parents who separate or divorce. And while the divorce process is never easy, it can be a little easier to handle if you make sure that you are getting legal advice.
From couples who have just been married a few months to couples who have been married for years, divorce proceedings can be complicated, especially if there are children involved. Divorce attorneys, especially those who deal with custody cases, may be able to help you understand what to expect and an approximate timeline. And while there are many attorneys, it may be in your vest interest to find an attorney who specializes in situations that are similar to yours. For instance, some divorce lawyers may handle uncontested divorces, but do not have a lot of experience in dealing with more complicated situations.
For many people, talking to friends and relatives can help you decide on the attorney or law firm that might be the best fit for your particular situation. The bottom line is, before you get too far into the divorce process it is important that you find an attorney who you are both comfortable and confident working with.
Consider some of these statistics about divorce in this country and the implications that divorce can have on your future, as well as the future of your children:
- Communication problems, infidelity or betrayal, financial problems, abuse, and loss of interest are the top five reasons for divorce in the U.S.
- 1 year is the average length of the divorce process in the U.S.
- Living together before marriage is no longer a strong predictor of divorce, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study from early in the year 2012.
- 41% is the divorce rate for a first marriage in America.
- 60% is the divorce rate for a second marriage in America.
- 73% is the divorce rate for a third marriage in America.
- First marriages that end in divorce usually last an average of eight years.
- Divorce rates among couples over the age of 50 have doubled in the last 20 years, according to a Bowling Green State University study.
- Children of divorced parents are twice as likely to drop out of high school and less likely to attend college than children of parents who are not divorced.
If your marriage is not working out it is important to make sure that you get the legal advice that can help you navigate what can be a very challenging process.
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