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Mistakes people make when filing for divorce

54027632_S (1).jpgIt may interest Missouri residents to learn that the number of divorce filings increases in January. According to one attorney, the spike in divorce filings often raises by as much as 25 to 30 percent. Some of the reasons can include the additional stress caused by the holidays. With that being said, this is also the time of year when individuals looking to file for divorce can easily make mistakes.

Online activity and divorce

46640061_S.jpgWhen a Missouri couple decides to get a divorce, there is always a chance that things could get messy. While finances and marital property will be scrutinized, it is becoming increasingly more likely that electronic data may also be assessed. This electronic data may include tweets, texts, emails and social media posts.

More older people getting a divorce

53958391_S.jpgOlder couples in Missouri may be getting divorced at a higher rate than they were in earlier decades. In 2014, it was twice as common for people at or over the age of 50 to get a divorce than it was 24 years earlier. The rate was even higher for people older than 65. Experts theorize that divorce is more socially acceptable than it was in the past, so when children grow up and leave home and couples find they have little in common, it may be the next step.

Investment accounts in a divorce

48966679_S.jpgWhen couples in Missouri divorce, finances are often a primary consideration. As they prepare for starting new lives as individuals, they have to find ways to separate their finances and divide their property. In some cases, this may seem easier than it actually is.

Splitting up and how to help the children of the family

41621163_S.jpgAs Missouri parents who have terminated a marriage may know, divorce can be an especially difficult time for the children involved. Knowing how to talk to your children about a separation may help to ease them into the transition to a new life without both parents residing in the home.

Marriages increase as divorce rates fall

Divorce rates in Missouri and around the country fell to a near 40-year low in 2015 according to a report released Nov. 17 by Bowling Green University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research. Another NCFMR report reveals that the number of marriages for each 1,000 unmarried women increased from 31.9 in 2014 to 32.2 in 2015. The researchers say these findings suggest that marriage rates could be stabilizing after years of decline.

Appealing or modifying a divorce settlement

44354718_S.jpgWhen Missouri couples go through an uncontested divorce, the divorce decree will incorporate orders that have been made by the judge on such matters as child custody and visitation, alimony, child support and property division. If one of the parties is dissatisfied with the order, an appeal can be filed to the next highest court in the state.

How to prevent asset dissipation

46989140_S.jpgWhen Missouri spouses know that their assets may be divided in a divorce, they may try to dissipate them. In other words, they are basically wasting assets in an attempt to deny the other spouse a fair share of marital property. For instance, a person who makes a lot of money may simply gamble it away or spend it on another partner.

Divorce and financial considerations

19203935_S.jpgMissouri couples who are ending their marriages have to contend with a number of different financial matters. Understanding how their divorces may be impacted by taxes, property division, debt division and possible child and spousal support may help them to be better prepared.

The higher-earning spouse and alimony

42706524_S.jpgIt is common for married couples in Missouri to have disparate incomes. During the course of a marriage, one spouse may take on more of the child care responsibilities while the other spouse pursues a career. Even if a married couple doesn't have children, one spouse may simply earn a larger income than the other spouse.

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