No one gets divorce 100 percent right. We all make mistakes. But that doesn't mean we all need to make the same ones. There are some common mistakes that family law attorneys observe on a regular basis.
We often write about the ways in which family demographics and dynamics are changing. Because of these changes, "conventional wisdom" about marriage and divorce is also evolving.
Apologies are complex and nuanced things. People apologize in many ways, for many different reasons - not all of them honorable. We may apologize because we are truly sorry. We might apologize to make another person feel comfortable. We may apologize to be polite. We may apologize simply to end an argument . . . the list goes on.
In today's post, we'll be continuing an occasional-installment series about the most common divorce mistakes people make. Our last post in the series focused on taking legal advice from anyone and everyone except your attorney - the person you hired specifically for legal advice.
If someone you care about has decided to seek a divorce, you may be understandably confused as to how to support him or her. After all, everyone handles sensitive matters in different ways. Therefore, the ways in which you may have supported someone who opted to navigate the divorce process in the past may not be effective when it comes to your loved one who is seeking a divorce now.
It is perhaps an obvious statement to note that divorce can temporarily take the spring out of anyone's step. Even if a divorce is amicable and even if a divorce has been longed-for, there are elements of the divorce process that can be unquestionably draining. From legal practicalities to grief, divorce can be stressful and truly sad.
America's largest generation is reaching old age. It has long been predicted that baby boomer retirement would dramatically affect the state of the American workforce. But other, less-anticipated problems are also emerging, including the increasing rates of "gray divorce" and high rates of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
Last week, we began a discussion about coping with divorce, child custody proceedings or any other family law dispute. Although these matters are stressful and will impact other parts of your life, the fact that they often take between a year and 18 months to finalize means that you must treat your family law dispute as a marathon and not a sprint.