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Why are divorce rates going down?

When marriages were unhappy or unsafe, divorce was not a favorable option for most people generations ago. However, it has become less taboo over time. Divorce rates spiked in the 1980s, and nearly half of all marriages ended in divorce.

Today, divorce numbers are actually going down. What is the reason for the change?

Post-divorce vacation tips for parents

Vacations are meant to be a way to relax and rid yourself of stress -- but it's difficult to do that when you're a parent who shares custody of your child with your ex-spouse. The complications that come along with taking your child on vacation (without the other parent) can make both you and your ex-spouse miserable.

Here are some tips that can help you reduce friction with your ex over vacations:

Report: Senior divorces have doubled in frequency

Divorce rates in America are on a decline, overall -- except among couples 50 years of age and older.

Despite the fact that there is widespread social acceptance of divorce in this country -- with many people not even concerned about marrying at all -- divorce rates have dropped a staggering 18% in the years between 2008 and 2016.

Benefits of divorce litigation alternatives

Divorce can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Thankfully, there are certain tools available to aid in making the process as smooth as possible.

Divorce litigation alternatives are some of those tools that divorcing parties may consider. In fact, there are a few key benefits of selecting this option.

Some smart tips for divorce mediation

If you're like most people going through a divorce, you hope to get through the process as quickly and easily as possible -- and mediation can be a wonderful opportunity. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind if you want your mediation to be successful:

1. Choose your mediator carefully

Protecting your finances from a hostile spouse during divorce

Getting a divorce always comes with financial consequences. No matter how amicable your split is, you will need to negotiate property division, support payments and living on a single income. But your finances are more at risk if the end of your marriage is full of resentment and anger. 

Breaking up with a hostile spouse may mean he or she will go after your money more aggressively. If you have concerns about this happening, there are certain steps you should take to safeguard your wealth and assets.

Planning for a high-asset divorce

For most of human history, marriage was as much a business contract as anything else -- and even modern-day laws reflect that idea. The marriage contract embodies a couple's financial and legal responsibilities toward each other in much the same way that any business partnership would.

Like all business partnerships, the more money that's involved, the more complicated it becomes to dissolve the partnership. That's what makes high-asset divorces different from divorces where a couple has very little to split. If you and your spouse have accumulated a great deal of wealth during your marriage, you need to be pragmatic about your plans for divorce:

How stay-at-home parents protect their financial future

If you are planning a summertime wedding, you are likely in for an exciting few months. After all, marrying the person of your dreams is one of the most significant things you will likely ever do. Nonetheless, you cannot allow your excitement to discourage you from preparing for a possible divorce. If you plan to give up your career to raise children, you likely want a comprehensive prenuptial agreement. 

Staying at home to raise good kids is a career in itself. If you have to quit your job, though, you may no longer have the financial means to live. Your partner, on the other hand, may continue to build his or her professional skills. According to some experts, stay-at-home parents give up as much as a million dollars in potential salary. Here are some ways a prenuptial agreement may protect your financial future: 

3 things you can look forward to after divorce

If you pay attention to American cinema, finding the perfect person, falling in love and getting married is the key to happiness for everybody -- but that's not exactly how it works in real life. Sometimes that "perfect person" turns out not to be so perfect after all -- and your marriage becomes a burden on your psyche.

Frankly, there are times where divorced life is far from the lonely, isolated existence you might think it is. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to divorce when your marriage is unhappy, including:

How to maintain your privacy during your divorce

Separating your life from your spouse during and after a divorce can be difficult. Aside from the financial entanglements you have, you may also share some social ties that aren't easily divided or broken.

Here's a basic guide on how you start building some privacy from your spouse as soon as you decide to divorce and after the divorce occurs:

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