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Factors that can put a marriage on the road to divorce

When couples enter a marriage, they often do so with dreams of a future together, but for many California couples, this dream is derailed, and the marriage ends in divorce. While some unions can survive serious problems, there are some significant factors that can put a marriage on the road to divorce.

Online dating and divorce rates

Many California residents face the prospect of divorce every year. Online dating has made it easier than ever before for single individuals to meet new partners. It would seem likely that this trend could lead to an increase in divorce rates, but a study conducted by professors at the University of Essex and the University of Vienna indicates otherwise.

Studies identify factors that may influence divorce rate

California couples who get married in their late 20s or early 30s may have a lower divorce rate than couples who marry when they are older or younger. Various studies have linked a number of factors to the likelihood of a marriage falling apart. For example, more attractive couples have a higher chance of divorce.

California woman concerned about husband hiding assets in divorce

A 61-year-old woman writing to a financial advice columnist explained that her husband expected to get their house and half of her 401(k) retirement funds. They had been married for 25 years when she asked him for a divorce. Although she sent her financial records to his attorney, he had not reciprocated with his records. She wanted to know if he could legally get their home and half of her retirement because it was her understanding that the state required divorces to split assets equally.

Challenges for older couples who are getting a divorce

Older California couples who are getting a divorce may face a number of financial challenges. Because they have fewer years left until retirement, they may have less ability to make up for the financial losses that the end of a marriage can produce. Since the 1990s, the divorce rate for people 50 and older has doubled despite going down for other age groups. Divorces can be costly even when they are relatively amicable, and some couples may spend thousands and thousands of dollars wrangling over assets.

Common property division mistakes in a divorce

California couples who are getting a divorce should be aware that there are some common financial pitfalls to be avoided. One of these is trying to keep the family home on a single income. A person who does this may find that it is not possible to do the necessary upkeep.

The likelihood of divorce in different professions

The California marriages of scientists, actuaries, physicians and software developers may be less vulnerable to divorce than those of flight attendants, bartenders and casino workers. A study found that people who work in the fields of math and science have lower-than-average divorce rates while the rates of those who work in transportation or whose work involves night life are higher than average. Professions that are more popular in rural areas, including military careers, forestry, fishing and farming, also had a lower-than-average divorce rate.

Making sure that divorcees can deduct alimony

When divorcing spouses in California come to an agreement regarding alimony, it's important that the order's language complies with the guidelines outlined by the Internal Revenue Service. If alimony orders are set up correctly, the payments may be deducted on the payor spouse's tax returns.

When mediation might not work

California couples who are going through a divorce might wonder about using mediation instead of litigation. While the mediation process can save time and money, it is not necessarily appropriate for everyone.

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