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How older adults can manage the stress of divorce

People who are 50 and older have higher divorce rates than younger couples, and the stress of the process can take its health toll. Most older adults who divorce are between the ages of 50 and 64, but people also divorce in their 70s and beyond. Older people in Kentucky who are getting a divorce can take steps to safeguard their health.

Isolation can be a big problem for older divorced people, especially men, so they should make an effort to leave the house daily. Joining a club or a group can help provide a sense of community. Getting a pet can also provide company. People should exercise, try to eat healthily and avoid overuse of alcohol. They should also keep an eye on their health. The stress and anxiety that divorce can cause may in turn lead to serious physical conditions, such as heart disease. It can also affect the immune system.

Some of the top reasons for divorces

A study that was published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy suggests that views of marriage and the reasons people file for divorce are shifting. While in the past divorces were often prompted by such behavior as violence or infidelity, the study indicated that more people are leaving marriages because they do not feel emotionally fulfilled. This also could indicate a fundamental change in how marriage is viewed to one in which intimacy, communication and respect are crucial.

The biggest reason for divorce, cited by 47% of the participants, was a lack of love or intimacy. People left partners when they realized one or both of them no longer had feelings for the other. Just behind this reason was a lack of communication at 44%. In third place were couples who had grappled with a lack of trust or respect for one another. Another reason for divorce was simply that the couple had grown apart and no longer wanted the same things in life.

How to use social media during a divorce

Kentucky residents shouldn't feel as if they can't use social media if they are married. However, it is important that they use discretion when they post something that others can see. For instance, it is rarely a good idea to say something negative about a partner. If a negative post is published, it may be worth trying to delete it. This may be especially true if someone is about to be involved in a divorce.

It is also a good idea for someone to review his or her privacy settings to ensure that his or her spouse can't see what is posted to an account. During the divorce process itself, it may be best to stay off social media as much as possible. Couples may want to mutually agree on when to announce that the divorce has been finalized or that the marriage will soon come to an end.

Lawyers report unusual reasons for divorce

Most Kentucky divorces seem to happen after a couple has irreconcilable differences over children, money or life goals. In one online forum, however, some divorce lawyers have revealed that many spouses split up for much more trivial reasons. Sometimes, the marriages are not even a day old when one spouse decides to separate.

This was the case when a man got into an argument with his new in-laws at the wedding and moved out the next day at 5 a.m. One woman decided to divorce her husband when he got drunk at the wedding; although, she did wait until after the honeymoon, which she enjoyed on her own. Yet another couple made it for two months before the woman filed for divorce after her husband's birthday gift turned out not to be the expensive jewelry she hoped for.

Here is why you should consider a prenup

One widespread belief about prenuptial agreements is that they are only useful for rich and famous people. But this is not true at all. Prenups can benefit any couple with varying financial circumstances. 

Millennials are signing more prenups than ever before. Here are some reasons why you should consider doing the same before your marriage. 

Getting parents on the same page financially after a divorce

Money is often a factor that contributes to divorce. However, if parents in Kentucky no longer living together continue to squabble over finances post-marriage, it can be difficult to effectively co-parent. This is especially true when it comes to issues with expenses related to children after a marriage ends.

A commonly recommended starting point for divorced parents looking to avoid serious financial issues related to their children is the divorce decree. If this document is well-prepared, it can address various cost responsibilities, such as expenses for education, health-related care, essentials like clothing, and extra-curricular activities. This process sometimes involves bringing in a certified financial planner or a similar number-cruncher so a divorcing parent can ensure that very specific money-related details are covered.

Divorce of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos is finalized

Some people in Kentucky may have heard about the divorce of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world. On July 5, the divorce was finalized. His wife, MacKenzie Bezos, will receive $38.3 billion in Amazon stock as part of the divorce settlement. They were married for 25 years.

In January, the couple announced their decision to divorce. At the time, it was unclear how this divorce would affect the company. The voting power held by Jeff Bezos might have been reduced, or either of them might have liquidated stock.

Tips to prepare for a divorce

People in Kentucky might be more likely to get a divorce in the summer. A study by sociologists at the University of Washington looked at divorces in the state from 2001 to 2015 and found that March and August were months when divorce tended to spike. Whatever the time of year, there are steps people can take to prepare for divorce before filing.

Many people may not know exactly how many bank accounts they or their spouse owns or who is on the title of the house. It is important to have a list of all assets and other financial documents. People should also start thinking about hiring an attorney and whether they will need a financial professional. They may want to build a support team of family and friends. This is also a time to consider the implications of a divorce. Couples who are unsure as to whether they want to try to stay together or get a divorce may want to consider a type of counseling called "discernment counseling." This is specifically aimed at couples who are ready to divorce and need to decide whether it is the right step for them.

What happens if you get another DUI?

You swore it was never going to happen again, until it did. You made the choice to drive home after a few drinks at a friend's house. Now, on the side of the road, you realize that there is a chance you will have to deal with another DUI charge.

Kentucky has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country. Its zero tolerance stance on drinking and driving means that multiple convictions impose stiffer penalties. Find out what may lie ahead should you find yourself on the wrong end of a Breathalyzer.

Study looks at child support payment variations

A study by Custody X Change calculated typical child support payments for all 50 states and found Kentucky on the higher end at $735-$880. The states with the highest typical payments had a range of $881-$1,187, and those with the lowest ranged from $400-$528.

The company used hypothetical parents with two children and a total income of $100,000, with the noncustodial parent making $55,000. The noncustodial parent spent 35% of the time with the children. Pew Research and census figures estimate a lower average income for two earners at $56,000, but the study still shows the disparity in support payments. For example, support payments across the state border in Tennessee were in the lowest range.