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"Gray divorce" rate increasing for adults over 50

As adults in Iowa and elsewhere around the nation get older, most tend to focus on their retirement years and how they will spend their time after they are no longer in the workforce. However, research is showing that many adults over the age of 50 are also pondering a change in their marital statuses. While other ages are experiencing a decrease in the divorce rate, the divorce rate for older couples is on the rise.

A national research company reports that "gray divorce" or divorce among couples aged 50 and older has actually doubled in the past two decades. While divorce can be potentially stressful at any age, there are some implications for older adults that should be considered. When couples have spent a considerable amount of time together, there are likely more assets -- and even debts -- to divide in a divorce.

Talking about prenups early can help avoid conflict in divorce

High school graduates in Iowa and all across the country are typically looking forward to the next chapters in their lives. Many are getting ready to embark on new educational challenges at college, while others may be ready to enter the workforce. It is not likely that many of them are thinking about getting a prenup. However, some financial advisers recommend talking with young adults at this stage in life about the importance of developing a prenuptial agreement. They contend that having one in place when it is time to get married can minimize potential conflict should a divorce occur in the future.

Experts believe that the best time to begin a discussion about a prenuptial agreement is when a couple is dating. This eliminates the possible stigma of waiting to bring up the notion of a prenup while wedding plans are underway. If done apart from actual discussion of marriage, the discussion is more likely to be done without emotions running high.

More millennials wanting prenups, according to divorce lawyers

Millennials in Iowa and elsewhere around the country often tend to get a bad rap. Some cite their lack of work ethic or the fact that many seem to have a sense of entitlement as support for why this generation is not what it should be. However, studies show that millennials are more frequently taking steps to protect themselves and their assets should they get a divorce somewhere down the road.

An organization of matrimonial lawyers recently reported that there was an increase in the number of millennials who wanted to develop prenuptial agreements. While there has been an overall jump in how many couples want prenups, millennials have some situations that make the agreements attractive. For example, many millennials are getting married later in life. Therefore, they are entering marriage with established careers, property or other assets. On the other hand, they may also have debts, such as student loans, that must be repaid.

Looking at an uncertain future with OWI on your record

You may think that you can drive safely after enjoying a beer or two, but the unexpected can happen. For example, imagine you are pulled over for a broken tail light. The cop smells alcohol on your breath, and before you even realize you could be in trouble, you are arrested for operating while intoxicated.

Now you begin to think about the consequences of OWI and how a conviction could affect your future.

Iowa child custody laws seek child's best interests

Family law legislation across the country is undergoing positive changes that promise to benefit families. Like many states, Iowa's child custody laws strive to provide a more hopeful future for the children involved by encouraging parents to reach settlements that are as equitable as possible. Understanding the goals of these laws is the first step in preparing to face child custody decisions.

Whether a parent's custody case is the result of a divorce or a child born to an unmarried couple, the fact remains that no decision will be perfect for both parents. In fact, many parents find custody arrangements to be quite inconvenient at times. However, the standard of the court is to seek the best interests of the child, and studies show this often means allowing the child as much time with each parent as possible.

Prenups in place can help minimize conflict in a divorce

Social media has played a major role in relationships and dating for Iowa couples and others throughout the country. In addition, views about marriage have changed considerably in recent years. Despite high marriage rates, divorce rates continue to be high as well, especially for second or third marriages. Given how widespread divorces are, prenuptial agreements are also becoming more commonplace.

While prenups were traditionally reserved for wealthy couples, the agreements can be useful for any couple, regardless of net worth. The documents can address a multitude of topics should a divorce or death occur. Couples are afforded the chance to discuss a wide range of issues and develop an agreement best suited to their situations.

Divorce does not always happen for negative reasons

Sometimes people can struggle with the decision to divorce, but the fact is that in some cases it can be a positive change resulting from growth. Some marriage therapists say that the challenges of marriage are designed to help people grow, so it is not surprising that this growth may happen away from the partner. Here are a few things people going through a divorce in Iowa should know about how therapists understand divorce and personal development.

In marriage, people can be resistant to the idea of change or growth. Ironically, therapists share, the challenges of working through life with another person inevitably lead to self-discovery and changes. Marriage teaches people about who they are, as well as how they act in relationships. Sometimes these lessons can strain a relationship when the growth happens in opposite directions. However, that does not mean the process or the result is necessarily bad.

Criminal defense: Man faces charges after stop for bad tail light

Many Iowa residents drive their vehicles, completely unaware that one of their tail lights may not be working properly. They may learn that their tail light is defective when a police officer notices this and stops them. Often, a driver may receive a warning or instructions to let officials know when the light has been repaired. Unfortunately, an Elgin man may now need to mount a criminal defense for a variety of charges after he was stopped for a defective light.

Davenport police report that they saw a car traveling with a backup light that was defective. An officer evidently saw the driver fail to yield and run a red light. At this point, the 25-year-old driver was pulled over by the police. Reports state that there was a smell of marijuana coming from the car. Supposedly, the driver told the officer that he had a cigar that had been hollowed out and filled with marijuana in his vehicle.

Harley rider facing OWI charges after accident

There are many motorcycle enthusiasts in Iowa and elsewhere around the nation. Some of the most avid motorcycle riders are Harley Davidson owners. Special gatherings among the network of riders are common throughout the country. Yet, regardless of the make and model of the motorcycle, no rider ever wants to be involved in an accident. However, a man from Thornton finds himself facing OWI charges after he was involved in a recent incident.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office reports that a 48-year-old man was driving his Harley Davidson west on a street north of Meservey one evening. Documents show that he slid into a ditch after he lost control of his bike. Police officers claimed that the man was intoxicated. According to reports, while the man suffered minor injuries, medical treatment was not needed. Law enforcement officials stated that the man's motorcycle was damaged in the crash.

A few ways to ensure financially stability and after divorce

One of the biggest expenses that many people never see coming is the dissolution of their marriage. Once they realize that their separations are not necessarily going to be as cheap as they would like, they start looking for ways they can speed things up to help minimize their Des Moines divorce costs. 

In divorce, there are so many things for you to sort through. You may find it challenging to anticipate how your decisions might affect you and your kids after the courts finalize it. Here are a few pointers to consider helping lessen the financial strain of the situation: