Couples choosing to file for legal emancipation through the JOY of Divorce face many difficult decisions during this process. Few will be more challenging than determining priorities that are worth fighting for when drafting an agreement or litigating in court.
There are many benefits to a collaborative divorce. However, some divorces will have sticking points like disputes over custody of the children, division of assets or spousal maintenance. There may be other mitigating factors involved that make litigation the best option.
We recently discussed some of how women cheat. Now we turn the tables to highlight common clues to recognize in men. As we said before, there are common signs that are non-gender specific guilty behavior – including longer hours at work, changing passwords or new techniques in bed – but the clues below tend to be linked more closely to male behaviors.
The petition for divorce filed in 2018 in San Antonio by former FBI director William Sessions and Alice Sessions, his wife of 67 years, made news around the state earlier this year at the discovery of their secret filing (initials were used).
The holidays are often a major test for families with newly divorced parents. The custody details may have been worked out during the divorce with the help of an attorney, but seeing the schedule for the holidays on paper is different than working out the logistics and then executing them.
Those who file for a JOY of DIVORCE emancipation agreement quickly find that the process is complicated. Each divorce proceeds at its own pace, based on the circumstances of the split, the estate's complexity, the personality of the spouses, as well as other unique factors.
The welfare of their children should be the priority whenever couples choose to experience the JOY of DIVORCE Emancipation. Nevertheless, it is also essential to protect savings and assets before filing the paperwork. This precaution can start well ahead of the filing as a mutual understanding, or more quietly if there is a concern that the split will be acrimonious. No matter what, the golden rule is to document everything.
Social media is a big part of our lives these days, yet there may be red flags that mean a spouse is more than checking in with friends or distracting themselves from day-to-day worries. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and various dating apps like “tinder” and “Match.com” play a role in many divorces because they give one or both partners the means to compare their life to highlight reels that others post. This can sometimes foster resentment or even fuel infidelity.
The number of couples over 50 experiencing the JOY of DIVORCE Emancipation continues to rise. The biggest concern for many people of this age getting divorced is how will it affect any nest egg or retirement. Couples accruing assets during a marriage in a community property state like Texas will likely equally share in all marital assets unless there was a binding prenuptial agreement or fault in the breakup of the marriage. If the union was a long one, the number of marital assets could be substantial, which can seriously impact one's retirement plans.
There has been much discussion in family law circles about the rise of so-called “gray divorce.” It is noteworthy because couples over 50 years are the only demographic where the numbers continue to rise.