Gray divorces, a term that refers to those that take place after the couple is 50 years or older, have risen sharply in the last few decades. According to researchers from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the number of gray divorces doubled between 1990 and 2014. For those who were over 65, the rate of divorce rose even more sharply.
When Illinois couples go through a divorce and one spouse has earned less than the other or has not worked at al, that person may be able to claim Social Security benefits on the higher-earning spouse's work record. However, this does not reduce the benefits available to the higher-earning spouse.
After Illinois parents of young children have divorced and have had child custody and parenting time orders issued, it is not uncommon for one or both of them to meet new partners and to then want to move on with their lives. When a parent's new partner lives elsewhere, the parent may want to relocate in order to be closer. This may cause problems whether the one who wishes to move is the one with primary custody or the one who has visitation rights.
Almost four decades ago, the federal Child Support Enforcement Program was created. The intention of the program was to ensure that a child received financial support from both parents. However, while the program is more successful than in the past in terms of getting a greater amount of assistance for more people in the program, a study has found that fewer people have legal child support agreements. Only 49 percent of eligible custodial parents had one in 2014. In 2004, 60 percent of eligible parents had one. Some Illinois parents may be among those who do not have agreements.
The end of the marriage is always an unhappy time. This is particularly true for couples in Illinois and throughout the country who have children. Not only do the adults have to struggle with their own emotions, but there is also the challenge of helping children through what is often a very traumatic time.
The holiday season is a time to sing well-beloved Christmas carols, eat memory-rich food, spend time with those you hold dear and offer gifts to the ones you love most. After divorce, this time of year can become tricky with children, deciding who gets which days, scheduling pick-ups and drop-offs, and determining how to handle presents. This year, the best gift you can give your kids is peaceful, happy memories with both parents, together or separately.