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How many marriages actually end in divorce?

The common notion for quite some time now is that about 50% of all marriages don't last. But is that really a true picture of marriage and divorce? Divorce rates -- including those in New Jersey -- peaked in the 1970s and '80s, but recent statistics show that more couples are staying married and the divorce rate hovers at around 40%, and some experts believe it's because more people are waiting to get married and are being more mindful when choosing their life mates. 

What happens to the engagement ring in a divorce situation?

An engagement of marriage is usually sealed with a ring. An engagement ring is meant to be a symbol of a couple's intention to marry, but what happens to the ring when the marriage has fizzled and a couple decides to divorce? It's not always a clear-cut answer and much depends upon the circumstances, the actual ring and the state in which the couple resides. New Jersey is an equitable distribution state in which a court will divide marital assets in a way it sees as fair and reasonable, which might not mean a 50/50 split, but marital property in the state excludes gifts, so what about that ring?

Divorce can be costly, but it could be more costly not to divorce

A couple who is ending a marriage has many things to think about and one of those concerns finances. Divorce in New Jersey can often mean a significant financial outlay. In fact, the average cost for divorce in the United States is about $15,000 per person, but in some cases can be a lot higher due to several factors, including whether children are involved, where a couple lives, the value of their assets and whether the divorce is a contentious one. 

Divorce involving a child presents unique challenges

Breaking up with a spouse is never an easy process in New Jersey. This is particularly the case when the two people getting divorced have a young child who is stuck in the middle. Fortunately, some tips might make the process of getting a divorce as positive of an experience as possible for both the parents and the child.

Helpful advice to make divorce less stressful

It goes without saying that no couple gets married with the intent of someday ending the marriage. However, this is exactly what happens to nearly half of all marriages in New Jersey and across the United States. Divorce is not only very complicated, but it can also be one of the most stressful things a person can experience in life. Here are a few tips that can make divorce less stressful.

Who is responsible for credit card debt in a divorce?

When a couple parts ways, not only are their assets on the table, but so are their debts. Frankly, creditors don't care who pays the debt as long as it gets paid. Couples thinking about divorce need to understand who is responsible for credit card debt when a marriage is over. New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, which dictates issues around the division of debt in a divorce situation and means a divorce court will divide marital assets and debts in a fair manner between spouses, although not necessarily equally.

Safeguarding your assets in the divorce process in New Jersey

Being financially stable is a goal to which everyone aspires. So, those who find themselves in a divorce situation, should think about protecting their assets. New Jersey is an equitable distribution state and as such when couples  divorce, marital property is not automatically split 50-50, but in a manner that is fair, though not necessarily equal. When divorce is imminent, each person needs to think about how to protect his and her finances.

Shaping a child's divorce story may create healthier adults

It's a fact that children are often the ones who are most affected when their parents' marriages end. The way New Jersey parents react to their own divorce situations may actually affect how children view the situation, according to experts and it can either be on a more positive level or more negative. The story children tell about their parents' divorces can affect them for the rest of their lives.

Doing the right things to make the divorce process smoother

The old song, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," isn't too far from the truth. When it comes to divorce, there are things to do and things not to do to try to make the process as painless as possible. When New Jersey couples focus on those things that could make divorce easier, they may be less stressed out as they work toward becoming single individuals again. 

Is National Divorce Month a real thing?

Ending a marriage is no laughing matter, so New Jersey residents may be a bit taken aback by recent news headlines. National Divorce Month may sound like a joke, but many experts say there is some truth to the unofficial term. While certainly, there is no formally honored period in which to get a divorce, there are very real trends within the legal process that contribute to the tongue-in-cheek phrase. 

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