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What if declining divorce rate does not apply to your situation?

A study at a university in another state suggests that marriages in Pennsylvania and elsewhere last longer today than they have in recent decades. While the overall national divorce rate, especially among millennials, appears to be declining, that doesn't help those currently facing serious marital problems or legal issues regarding their own divorces. In sort, while less couples may be heading for court, those who still are need strong support.  

Younger generations reportedly wait until they are much older to get married as opposed to their elder counterparts, who often married quite young. Baby boomers not only married younger than millennials do today, they have a much higher rate of divorce and remarriage compared to other age groups. Some marriage analysts say they are surprised at the apparent decrease in a generation where people are typically more receptive and accepting of divorce than their ancestors might have been.  

Will family law mediation help Gwen Stefani and her ex?

Gwen Stefani is at the top of many Pennsylvania pop music fans' lists for favorite artists. Stefani has been in and out of the limelight in recent years, especially regarding her divorce from Gavin Rossdale and her new romantic relationship with Blake Shelton. Rossdale and Stefani have three children together, all boys. A recent news headline reported that the two parents are going to use family law mediation to help resolve a custody disagreement they are having at this time. 

Rossdale is the lead singer for the band Bush. Since he and Stefani split, Bush has spent a lot of time on tour. Rossdale's three sons spent the majority of that time with their mom. Stefani has spoken publicly about her relationship with Shelton and says that her children love him. A source claiming to be close to Stefani reported that Stefani believes she provides a much more stable home environment than her children could ever hope to have with their father.  

Divorce: Practical tips for keeping stress levels low

Every year there are many Pennsylvania couples who end their marriages. Reasons for doing so vary, but those that do separate often find they can relate to others who have gone through similar experiences. Divorce is stressful and affects every person in the family, not just the spouses themselves. No two families will handle divorce or adapt to new lifestyles in exactly the same way.

When children are involved, both parents must keep their best interests in mind when navigating the family law system. If kids witness parents working together to develop amicable co-parenting plans, they are more likely to successfully adapt to their new lifestyles. If parents are constantly fighting over such topics, children may internalize those problems and, perhaps, even blame themselves for the divorce.

Family law mediation: How to know what it is not the best option

Getting divorced is a personal decision that impacts the lives of at least two people and, many times, quite a few more as well. Many Pennsylvania spouses hope to negotiate their settlements without going to court. However, it's not always possible, especially if you're involved in a highly contentious relationship. There are certain signs that suggest that family law mediation may not be the best choice to fit a particular divorce situation.

Successful mediation hinges upon amicable discussion. Each spouse must be willing to keep the best interests of the other in mind when devising co-parenting plans or resolving other issues, such as those regarding property division or child support. If you are at a point in life where you are spending more time hoping the other person "gets what's coming to him or her," it is a sign that it might be better to litigate a divorce.

How Pennsylvania spouses can keep stress to a minimum in divorce

No two Pennsylvania marriages are exactly the same; therefore, neither are any two divorces. When a couple chooses to divorce, they often encounter various challenges regarding child custody, property division or other issues that can make the entire process quite stressful. The good news is that there are support systems in place to help spouses minimize stress and maximize their changes of achieving fair and agreeable settlements.  

There are different types of stress related to divorce. Stress related to financial matters or highly charged emotions are most common. However, one thing a spouse can do to keep stress levels low is focus on the ultimate goals at hand, which are often connected to protection of interests and building new lifestyles. 

Pennsylvania divorce rate has skyrocketed

Pennsylvania is one of the largest states in the nation. One can logically assume that this means it also has one of the highest populations. Perhaps being a large state has something to do with the reason the divorce rate has increased so much there since 1950. Regardless what causes most divorces in this state or any other, the fact remains that more people now than ever are choosing to end their marriages in court. 

If there are more people in Pennsylvania now than there were nearly 70 years ago, there are likely more marriages taking place as well. If there are more marriages taking place, there are bound to be more divorces, too. It is similar to traffic situations where more cars on the road increases the likelihood of collision.

Divorce mediation: Here are some basic facts

When Pennsylvania spouses decide to divorce, they can choose which process they wish to facilitate to accomplish their goals. In situations where one of the spouses wishes to contest the divorce, or a couple is facing property division or custody problems they can't resolve on their own, they may determine that litigation is necessary. However, many people are able to use the mediation process to negotiate settlements without going to court.  

Mediation is not only used in divorce but business as well. While the process is basically the same on both fronts, the issues being negotiated would obviously differ. When a couple wants to simplify the divorce process by using mediation, there are several things they should know ahead of time.  

The benefits of collaborative divorce

When getting divorced, a person may not at all like the idea of a long and bitter court battle. Thankfully, divorces don’t have to go this way. There are alternatives to divorce litigation. One is the collaborative divorce process.

Collaborative divorce is an outside-of-court method for resolving important divorce issues. In this process, both parties are generally represented by their own lawyer. The parties and their attorneys meet together to negotiate and work out agreements on the various issues in the divorce. As part of this arrangement, a “no court” agreement is generally signed. This agreement makes it so if the collaborative process isn’t ultimately able to keep the divorce out of litigation, the attorneys that represented the parties in the collaborative process have to withdraw.

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