When people over 50 get divorced, one of the most pressing issues is often the cost of health insurance. Not only do insurers charge more overall when married couples transition into separate households, but it can also be prohibitively expensive -- or even impossible -- for older non-working spouses to get coverage. These factors come down especially hard on women who have mostly worked at home and may have developed preexisting conditions by the time they reach middle age.
Did you know that more than 80 percent of U.S. divorce cases involve evidence gleaned from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other social media outlets? That’s according to a survey of members of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national organization of divorce and family law attorneys.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 3 percent of men receive alimony after divorce, even though 37 percent of married women earn more than their husbands. Under Massachusetts family law and the laws of most states, gender is not to be considered as a factor when determining whether alimony is appropriate, and presumably men and women are in similar positions when divorcing higher-earning partners. So what explains such a substantial difference between alimony awards to men versus women?
People in the Boston area may have seen a recent article about the many mistakes that married couples make and the top ones that lead to getting a divorce. It may come as surprise that the top reasons include cheating, dishonesty and abuse. The list also included addictions and people's priorities changing.
With Valentine's Day having come and gone, readers here in Massachusetts may be interested to note that the time following the holiday tends to see a large increase in divorce filings. Along with New Year's Eve and other "expectation holidays," studies have revealed that divorces seem to spike following a holiday letdown.