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Coping financially with divorce at an older age

The Pew Research Center reports that divorce among older people has doubled since the 1990s, and for people age 65 and older, rates are three times as high. At the same time, divorce among younger people is on the decline. This means that older people in Pittsburgh may be more likely to get a divorce than their younger counterparts, and this can leave them with certain financial challenges.

Early distribution and dividing an IRA in a divorce

When people in Pittsburgh get a divorce, they will need to divide their property. In some cases, this can be complex. For example, people who have an IRA may have already begun taking distributions from it despite not being 59 1/2 years old. If this is for certain approved reasons, the person will not have to pay a 10% penalty. However, it is unclear whether dividing the account in a divorce is considered a modification.

Be mindful of divorce issues that may cause stress for your kids

In Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania and across the country, many parents will decide in 2020 that they no longer wish to remain in unhappy marriages. If you're one of them, your children's best interests are no doubt one of your greatest concerns. It's no secret that divorce has a significant impact on children, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's impossible for your kids to cope with the changes in their lives in a healthy, productive manner.

Health implications of gray divorces

Divorce is an emotionally taxing process at any age that can have negative effects on your health and overall well-being. It's long been known to increase stress for prolonged periods of time. Older couples divorcing after 50 - commonly referred to as "gray divorce" - may be more at risk for an increase in health problems as a result of their marriage ending.

Creating a parenting program can help children deal with divorce

Even though Pennsylvania has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country, there are plenty of couples who choose to end their marriages every year. Those who divorce with children will have to take certain steps to be sure their family can function on a healthy level following the separation. A great way to begin the healing process is to create a well-thought-out parenting program.

Starting the year without the stress of an unhappy marriage

More people file for divorce in January than any other month. There are a couple of reasons that marriages in Pittsburg and across the country tend to end in this month as opposed to the others. In many cases, unhappy spouses wait to file for divorce until after the holidays to allow their children to end the year with happy memories. For others, divorce may be part of their New Year's resolutions.

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