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Divorce over 50 continues to rise

Divorce rates continue to rise for one group of people in Missouri and across the United States: the baby boomer generation, now comprised of people over age 50. The term "gray divorce" has been coined to describe these separations. Divorces have more than doubled for Americans over 50 since the mid-1990s at the same time that the divorce rate for the general population has stabilized or even declined. There are a number of factors that can contribute to this trend. Approximately 25 percent of all divorces in the country are carried out by people over the age of 50.

Divorcing parents may need university expenses plan

Many Missouri parents dread the thought of paying for college expenses. This is understandable considering that higher education is becoming more expensive every year; the College Board estimates that the cost of tuition and fees rises by an average of 3 percent annually. While these costs can be massive, college is generally a good investment in the future.

Film looks at impact of child support system on fathers

The child custody and support system can be overwhelming for many single parents who enter it after a divorce or the end of a relationship. The process can be complicated further by the impacts of societal racism and poverty, emphasizes the director of a documentary film, "Where's Daddy?" The film seeks to explore how child support enforcement systems impact the relationships that African American fathers have with their children. In particular, it looks at the role of punitive consequences, like jail time, job loss or driver's license revocation, for parents who owe child support and how those consequences can be particularly damaging for African American fathers.

Is your child's other parent planning to relocate?

If you and the other parent of your child do not live together, you may find it is challenging to come to agreements on many important matters regarding your child. For you, as the noncustodial parent, the situation may be even more frustrating. Your time with your child is limited, and you want to make every moment count.

Prenups can protect wealth in the event of a divorce

When many Missouri residents get married, they expect to remain married to their spouses for the rest of their lives. However, about half of all couples eventually choose to divorce. One way that individuals who are planning their wedding day can protect themselves is to sign a prenuptial agreement.

How shifting roles in a marriage can lead to divorce

While more Missouri couples may be starting their marriages from a position of equality, plenty of couples still begin with more traditional arrangements in which the husband is the breadwinner. According to a new Swedish study, marriages in which women grow to become higher earners than their husbands are more likely to end in divorce.

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