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.
The case of two divorced law professors has become perhaps the most infamous domestic relations case in the state of Ohio, and now it’s making national news. As a judge pointed out last month, each is an officer of the court who should behave in a manner consistent with the proper administration of justice, yet “each has more than pushed the envelope with regard to abusing the court system,” only adding to the acrimony of their divorce, co-parenting and post-divorce litigation.
In any breakup that involves children, everyone hears the same message: don’t put your kids in the middle of your conflicts with your ex. What many people expect to happen is that they will come out of family court with a physical and legal custody order and a parenting plan -- typically one negotiated ahead of time. It seems pretty straightforward, and if everybody just sticks to the plan, there shouldn’t be much conflict, right?
When your divorce papers are signed and filed with the courts, the finality of this life event may inspire a host of emotions. You may feel an understandable sadness, an understandable relief or a combination of these two broad emotional states. However, simply because your divorce has been finalized does not mean that you are completely done with the divorce process. Healing and moving forward in a healthy way is truly the final step for anyone navigating the end of a marriage.