About half of the people will recover from their divorce. About half will not (at least for a long while after their divorce is so called “final”). It is estimated that 50% of family law legal fees will be incurred after the divorce is final. Divorce disputes go on and on and on. To clarify that statistic, “post divorce” family law legal expenses include custody and child support disputes that involve parents who were never married but have broken-up. In other words half of all family law legal expenses are post-divorce or post break-up and used to modify existing court orders. This is contrary to the frequent articles in the Huffington Post that tout divorce as a rough patch that you can generally “move on” from.
SAME SEX DIVORCES ARE THE SAME
One might expect that same sex divorces are different than heterosexual divorces; but on the contrary, they harbor the same level of hostility as straight divorces. Just like straight couple divorces, same sex spouses use the kids as weapons to punish each other at the same frequency as straight couples. They abhor paying alimony and are just as hostile too. Most importantly, the judges don’t handle them any differently. So much for the hope that somehow same sex marriages/divorces would be more successful that straight marriages/divorces.
THE RETURN OF THE STAY AT HOME MOM
The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. In 1967 the share of mothers who did not work outside the home stood at 49%; by the turn of the millennium it had dropped to just 23%. Many thought this number would continue to fall as women sought to “have it all”. Instead, the proportion of stay-at-home mothers has been rising steadily for the past 15 years.