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How Millennials have changed divorce

Though many often feel otherwise, divorce is a common event in modern life. Many people claim that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. However, that statistic is not accurate. What is accurate is that the divorce rate reached its highest point in 1979 with 5.3 divorces per 1,000 people. It's fallen ever since then, with the 2017 divorce rate standing at 2.9 divorces per 1,000 people.

Some experts say that part of the reason for this trend may be due to a drop in divorces among Millennials. Though some try to explain that theory away, others insist that these lower rates will continue. They also point out that, when Millennials actually do get divorced, they handle the entire process much differently than older people. If you are part of this demographic here in Indiana, it may interest you to learn just how Millennials may have changed divorce.

Do not give up on co-parenting your teenager

Parenting a teenager is an entirely different adventure than parenting a younger child. You might find that some aspects of parenthood are much easier with your teen, while others are much more difficult. If you are co-parenting your teenager with an ex-spouse then you will probably face new challenges that did not exist when he or she was younger.

Kids during the teenage years are busy developing their own lives, including establishing preferred social circles and personal activities. Teenagers are also under a lot of pressure at school and with friends. These things can make parenting your teen difficult, but you and your ex's actions could be making it harder than it has to be.

Is it better to stay together for the children?

Every marriage goes through highs and lows, and you may have recognized those phases in your relationship. However, if recent years have brought fewer and fewer good times to balance out the bad, you may be feeling overwhelmed with unhappiness. In fact, you may even be entertaining the idea of ending the marriage and starting fresh with a new life.

The one thing stopping you is the children. For many parents whose marriages are essentially over, the real struggle is determining if it is better for the children if they stay together or break apart. This is an age-old question and one that involves examining the unique elements of your family. While there is no cookie-cutter answer, there are some factors to consider when weighing your options.

Questions and answers about divorce mediation

Divorce is never what you’d hoped for in a marriage. When it happens, it can feel like far too much for one person, but many couples who use divorce mediation find it helps make it all seem possible.

Mediation is a common way of finding mutually acceptable terms for divorce. Indiana’s courts officially recognize, and sometimes even order, mediation and may even select the mediator.

What if you are unable to make child support payments?

It can happily very quickly. After years of making your child support payments on time and in full, circumstances can arise that put you in financial trouble and risk keeping up with current payments.

Child support payments should be taken extremely seriously, and you can face serious consequences by missing payments. Just because you are not able to pay your full amount does not mean you should not pay anything. It can be a stressful time to want to maintain your payment requirement but unable to do so. You may fear that you will immediately be labeled a deadbeat parent, however, there are ways to help yourself in this situation.

Child custody: Know your rights before the divorce

Child custody in an Indiana divorce follows the Uniform Child Custody Act. When you are facing a divorce, this helps give you, your spouse and the judge some structure when determining child custody issues.

The overall term “custody” refers to where the child lives, who has primary physical custody and the parenting schedule that comes out of this decision, and who has legal custody and gets to make decisions about the child’s health and welfare.

Steps to take when modifying child support in Indiana

You lost your job, and your financial situation greatly changes. You prove unable to pay your designated child support, and you hope to modify the support amount through Indiana court.

Filing to modify your child support payments involves following specific steps to ensure your agreement’s legality. The court accepts modifications even if you and your ex-spouse do not agree on the change’s terms. It is essential to remember that the court keeps the safety and financial security of your child as its overarching priority, so that your child may still receive accurate and sustaining support payments. Know that if your circumstances change, Indiana court will work with you to determine the best terms of a modification.

4 ways to maintain your sanity during a divorce

Divorces are terribly painful at the best of times. If you are going through one, it can seem like a never-ending rotation of meetings, court hearings, paperwork and attorney visits. This is a difficult time that many people go through, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and a new future ahead if you just fight toward it.

Getting to that point can be difficult. With a few tried and true methods, however, you can reach the other side with your sanity intact and a successful divorce behind you.

Dividing marital property in an Indiana divorce

Going through a divorce presents couples with a unique set of challenges. After building a life together—starting a family, accumulating wealth and property—items that were once shared now require what can be a complicated division process.

A divorce settlement is rarely simple, and in Indiana dividing marital property can get hairy due to state laws—or more accurately, an absence thereof. For couples who are entering a divorce in the Hoosier State, understanding how the courts will attempt to divide property could be a good initial step.

Protect your finances during divorce

Divorce can be stressful for many reasons, but the financial changes it creates may be especially frightening. Splitting assets may leave you with much less flexibility in your budget after the divorce is final. You might also worry that your spouse will start to rack up debt in the meantime to retaliate against you.

To protect yourself from messy financial disputes and to prepare for your new life, you can take action in the early stages of divorce. Although it might take some time and energy, completing a few key steps can save you from debt in the long run.