Behaviors spread more easily than we care to admit. Research suggests that merely having obese friends predisposes you to weight gain. Likewise, you're more likely to pick up a cigarette if your friends regularly smoke. Unfortunately, the same principle holds true with marriage and divorce, as we demonstrate below:
Financial concerns play a significant role in numerous divorces. While unemployment, housing costs, or credit card debt can take their toll, student loan debt is one of the most often cited sources of difficulty. Read on to learn more about the surprising connection between student loan debt and divorce.
Divorce increasingly occurs online, with email accounts and social media profiles playing an especially important role in the process. The online interference doesn't end there, however. Many couples own digital property, which, like any marital assets, must be divided equitably upon divorce. Below, we offer insight into the process of dividing digital assets.
Emotional abuse can take many forms, but it nearly always leads to a fearful spouse who alters behavior in hopes of keeping the abusive person happy. Abusers use tactics often seen in POW camps, as they realize that it's easier to exert control via emotional manipulation than through physical means. Such behavior can leave lasting scars, including feelings of helplessness or shame. Many victims of emotional abuse struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.
Divorce can prompt mental health issues, financial duress, and several other problems...but did you know that it can also be a security risk? Cybersecurity is of increasing concern in an age in which hacking can destroy your finances, your livelihood, or your reputation. Your ex may attempt to use personal information obtained without your permission against you in court. Follow these steps to protect yourself as you proceed with your separation or divorce:
If divorce and raising a teen hold anything in common, it's that both induce far more stress than you ever thought possible. What happens, then, if your teen chooses to act out while you're in the midst of a messy split? These tips will help you deal with your teenager's bad attitude while also maintaining your own mental sanity as you navigate divorce:
Raising a large family is tough, but intriguing research from the American Sociological Association indicates that your children could benefit more from those family bonds than you suspect; kids from large families are less likely to divorce. Unfortunately, that's of little comfort as you go through a divorce of your own—one in which the sheer size of your family makes it seem impossible to plan for the future.
You made it through the red tape of the adoption process and you're finally ready to welcome a child into your family. This is an exciting time, but it's also rife with unexpected challenges. Realistic expectations are key. Keep the following in mind as you adjust to life as an adoptive parent: