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Do Trends Change in Divorce Proceedings Over Time?

Not only are divorces different case by case, but also throughout eras. Over time, the way divorce has occurred and the factors that have impacted them have changed. When this happens, it can cause various trends to be seen in divorce matters. These are important to be aware of, as they can impact divorce proceedings at any step. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance.

Recent Divorce Trends

Social Media Impact

The rise of social media has changed many people’s lives on a day to day basis, but also on a larger scale. This can be seen in divorce proceedings. Social media allows individuals to peer into the lives of others, such as a former spouse after the divorce is official. This information on social media is sometimes then used to make a case regarding marital issues. This can include alimony if a former spouse retires or moves in with someone else. 

Alternatives to Litigation

There are many couples who want to avoid divorcing through litigation. This often leads them to search for alternative dispute resolutions including mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce. Through these, spouses work towards reaching decisions through productive discussions rather than having a judge do so instead. These often save time, money, and stress.

Divorce Age

In recent years, more people over the age of 50 years old are experiencing divorces. This has earned the term “gray divorces.” These divorces present their own challenges that are different than those that occur at a younger age. For example, it can be harder to make up for any financial setbacks that occur during a divorce, as these individuals have fewer working years ahead of them. Estate matters are also a concern, as new medical directives and powers of attorney should be appointed. 

Shared Parenting Time

In the past, child custody decisions were often made in the mother’s favor. However, as two-income families have become more common, shared parenting time has as well. Ideally, parents favor equal parenting time with their child, but it is not always possible. This is more likely when former spouses live close to one another.

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