While divorce can be particularly hard on anyone, those couples with children can find the process especially grueling during child custody battles. In these cases, while the idea is to make decisions based on what is the best for the children, there are plenty of cases where a parent puts their wants ahead of their children. In some cases, these parents sadly even start to use the children as financial pawns. When this happens -- or there is just a lot of arguing -- the results can be particularly traumatic for children.
With people living longer with higher expectations for what a good marriage really is, more and more baby boomers are filing for divorce. In fact, according to a study that was done by Bowling Green State University, in the last 20 years the divorce rate for couples over the age of 50 has doubled. In 1990 less than one in 10 who were divorced were 50 or older. Now, out of every 10 who are divorced, four are age 50 or older.
When many people get married they don't think that divorce may also come later on down the road. But with the U.S. Census reporting that in 2009 there were 9.7 divorces for every 1,000 women and 9.2 divorces for every 1,000 men, the truth is that divorce is a process that ends up affecting many Missouri residents.
Right now two states are looking at creating a law to make counseling mandatory for couples who are seeking a divorce.