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What you can learn from a trial separation

If you're thinking about getting divorced but you're not quite ready to do it yet, you may want to consider a trial separation. This is where couples live apart for a short time -- much in the same way that many young couples cohabitate before marriage. They want to test out the new living situation before committing to it.

Is gray divorce really new?

You have probably heard that gray divorce -- people who are 50 and older getting a divorce -- is on the rise. The reason given is often that it's a fairly new phenomenon, so the rate is increasing when other age groups have seen their rates level off. But is this true?

Divorce can be peaceful

Sometimes on TV and in the movies we see estranged spouses refusing to respond to divorce filings, arguing about their future or threatening to never let their spouse see the kids again. Yes, these high-tension divorce cases do happen, but don't assume it has to be that way. Your divorce can be a much more peaceful affair.

The benefits of settling a divorce before trial

Going through a divorce in North Carolina can be a highly emotional process. When spouses decide to end their marriage, they may have a difficult time agreeing on almost anything. They might find themselves frequently arguing, and it could seem like there is no alternative to an extended trial in family court to manage the divorce. However, these couples should consider the ramifications of going to trial.

Divorcees may be entitled to Social Security benefits

Figures from the Social Security Administration reveal that about one in five married couples in North Carolina and around the country will rely on their Social Security benefits to cover at least 90% of their retirement expenses. Older spouses who are unhappy in their marriages may feel that divorce is not practical because losing their husband or wife's Social Security benefits would leave them financially vulnerable, but the SSA has rules in place that allow divorcees to receive payments based on their former spouse's contributions.

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