Back-to-school season can be a difficult time for any family. It's always hard getting children to transition out of the freedom of summertime and back into the routine of school. However, this time of year can be even more difficult for families that have recently gone through a divorce.
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In the vast majority of Arkansas divorces involving children, the parents will wind up with some sort of shared custody arrangement. Even in cases where one parent gets sole legal and physical custody, the other will usually have some sort of visitation right.
Increasingly, divorce is affecting older age brackets. In fact, in 2009, approximately 25 percent of all divorces involved people over age 50.
The end of a marriage can throw your whole life off-kilter. In addition to the emotional turmoil and lifestyle changes that accompany a divorce, you'll have to learn how to manage your finances as a single person. This can be especially difficult for people who married young or who relied on their spouses to handle most of the major financial decisions.
Most Arkansas divorces contain child support plans that cover the basics of each child's financial needs. One parent pays a certain amount to the other each month for support, and most plans take into account day-to-day expenses along with a few bigger issues like health insurance and college savings.
In Arkansas, as in many other states, same-sex couples are not allowed to get married. As a result, they are denied many of the rights and benefits that are afforded to opposite-sex couples. Same-sex couples face significant hurdles when it comes to adoption, child custody, inheritance, taxes and many other areas that opposite-sex couples often take for granted.
Determining each parent's right to child custody and visitation is often the most stressful portion of any divorce. In an ideal world, both parents would be able to agree on a child custody arrangement that meets their children's needs. However, this isn't always possible.
Divorce can be a financially upsetting change, especially for high-asset couples where one spouse was responsible for a disproportionate share of the family's income. Often, the other spouse wonders how he or she will be able to survive without the partner's salary.
College degrees are increasingly becoming an indispensable tool for young people looking to start a career. The need for a degree is only expected to grow over the next several years.
In Arkansas, as in many other states, same-sex couples cannot legally marry. However, the fact that they can't get married doesn't stop them from creating a life as if they were married. Many Arkansas same-sex couples share a home, financial accounts and even businesses together. Some couples choose to have one partner stay home to raise children while the other goes off to work.