It was recently reported that the group experiencing the largest surge in divorce rates in America are those over the age of 50. As we discussed in a previous blog, the divorce rate for Americans over the age of 50 doubled between 1990 and 2009. Maryland couples who fall into this age bracket and are considering filing for divorce may wish to take note.
Facebook has become so prevalent in American life that the site is mentioned in an estimated 20 percent of divorce cases filed in Maryland and across the country. The social networking site is notorious for enabling the bad behavior of husbands and wives, whether it be in looking up past flames, making new online 'friends' or simply having inappropriate online conversations that undermine trust between spouses. However, the recent speculation about Facebook, marriage and divorce has nothing to do with how people choose to use the site.
Maryland residents may not be surprised to hear that recent reports show divorce rates among the baby boomer population have nearly doubled over a 20 year period, many of them after long-term marriages. Many families in recent years have likely noticed that their aunts, uncles, parents, or even grandparents have filed for divorce, an action that most people attribute to younger couples and not older couples in long-term marriages.
Maryland residents may be interested to hear that Heidi Klum has officially filed for divorce from her husband, Seal. The two, who have been married for seven years, announced their separation three months ago. As the couple shares children, their divorce may involve complicated matters relating to child custody in addition to other issues such as property division.
Many Maryland residents are no doubt well aware of the complex issues involved in a divorce. There is not just the issue of dissolving the marriage itself, but there is also the issue of how to fairly divide the marital property. When children are involved, the divorce may become even more complicated as the spouses vie for custody.