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Preparing for a gray divorce? Protect your finances.

Divorce happens at any age. But if you're over 50 when you decide to split, you may reasonably worry how the change will affect your ability to retire. There are ways to protect your assets when going through a "gray divorce" so you will still be able to enjoy your retirement and thrive in the future.

What to know about divorce before you start

Do you understand the divorce process in Arizona? Chances are most people do not fully understand what it is involved when they decide to end their marriage. To start with, divorce is actually called the "dissolution of marriage" in Arizona. Regardless of what term you use, divorce can be confusing.

What to expect from a $99 divorce

When contemplating the end of a marriage, one of the most important considerations for many Arizona spouses is cost. This is an understandable concern, as virtually everyone is aware of at least one couple who went through a terrible divorce that cost a great deal of money. The desire to save money during this tumultuous time gives companies excellent motivation to offer services aimed at reducing the cost of divorce. One of the most recent examples comes from a company that promises users the ability to move beyond a broken marriage for only $99.

Divorce denied based on Supreme Court ruling

Most Arizona readers are aware that a recent Supreme Court ruling has legitimized same-sex marriage for couples across the nation. That landmark decision has left many feeling bitter and disenfranchised, which has led to continuing debate on the issue of gay marriage. It appears that one southern judge has taken the matter a step further and has used the ruling as a legal basis for denying a heterosexual couple their divorce.

Can "regular" people have their divorce records sealed?

Many Arizona residents are aware of the recent divorce between southern governor Robert Bentley and his wife of 50 years. The case has made headlines across the nation, largely due to the fact that the divorce records pertaining to the matter have been sealed under a judge's orders. While several media outlets are fighting that decision, many people are wondering if it is possible to have their own divorce records kept confidential.

Women file for divorce at higher rate than men

A recent study suggests that when a marriage is on the rocks, women are more likely to file for divorce than men. Interestingly, the same study revealed that men and women who are in committed but unmarried relationships end those unions at approximately the same rate. There are a number of reasons why women are the ones who make the first move in divorce, all of which are based in the social norms that affect women in Arizona and across the nation.

Your divorce attorney cannot stand in for a trained therapist

During the process of ending a marriage, most Arizona spouses will have a strong emotional reaction. This is normal, even in cases in which both spouses agree that the union should end. It is important for all spouses to understand that during the divorce process, there are a wide range of needs that will arise, and that not all of these needs can be met by any one professional.

Building the best possible divorce team

Ending a marriage is one of the most significant events that will occur within the lives of many Arizona residents. The implications of this decision will reverberate for many years to come, which is why it is so important to make wise choices during the divorce process. In order to do so, spouses must have access to trusted professionals who can answer questions and provide guidance throughout the process. These professionals make up one's "divorce team," and can have a great deal of impact on the eventual outcome.

Talking to kids about divorce: Tips for parents

Once a couple has decided to end their marriage, the next step involves talking to close family members about the upcoming change. For parents, this can be a difficult step, as many kids will struggle with the news that their parents are planning to divorce. When having this difficult conversation, Arizona parents should follow some basic guidelines intended to ease the process for their children.

Compartmentalize in order to ease the divorce process

One of the biggest challenges during any divorce is the healthy management of stress. Virtually all spouses have a strong emotional reaction to the end of a marriage, and finding a way to address those emotions while also managing the various tasks that are required during a divorce can be a challenge. One approach that many in Arizona find helpful involves compartmentalization.

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