Ending a marriage is rarely simple for Missouri couples. There are a number of factors that should be considered in addition to the social and emotional toll divorce takes on an individual. One of the biggest factors is the expense. Whether a person uses an attorney or not, divorce almost always involves taking a financial hit. However, if a divorcing couple plans ahead, they may be able to save themselves money.
The good news for most couples planning to tie the knot in Missouri is that overall divorce rates have declined over the past few decades. However, this isn't true among one notable age group: individuals 50 and over. While the term "gray divorce" was first used around 2004, it's a trend that has existed longer than that. The stigma attached to ending a marriage has diminished, but this isn't the only reason why some people choose to split later in life.
Almost half a million gay couples around the country have married since the U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. Research suggests that same-sex couples divorce at about the same rate as heterosexual couples, which means that almost half of these couples have already divorced or will divorce in the future. This is a delicate legal issue because the rules dealing with same-sex divorce are still evolving in Missouri and elsewhere.
Older people in Missouri, including those who have been in long-term marriages, are getting divorced in increasing numbers. Two sociologists determined that in 1990 only about 10 percent of people getting divorced were 50 or older. Just 25 years later, the figure had grown to 25 percent. Among these gray divorces, over half of them involve couples with marriages of over 20 years.
If one person in a couple is significantly more attractive than the other, this could eventually cause problems in the relationship. An article in "Psychology Today" reported that according to research, couples who are not at similar levels of attractiveness are less likely to have a successful relationship.
Divorce can be difficult for anyone who is going through it. However, Missouri residents and others will need to be aware of key recent tax changes that may play a role in a divorce settlement. Perhaps the most well-known change is that alimony will no longer be a tax deduction for the payer. This could mean that those who are asked to make such payments will pay less than in previous years.
Usually, when Missouri parents get a divorce, they either share physical custody or one has physical custody while the other has visitation rights. There are actually two kinds of custody. Legal custody refers to which parent has the right to decide what religion the child will be raised in, what kind of medical care the child will get and other major issues.