Long ago, people thought twice about divorcing due to the negative social stigma attached to such ideas. In Arizona and elsewhere, divorce was commonly frowned upon. Nowadays, the stigma is long gone and people who wish to start over can easily tap into support resources for help.
Women, in particular, file for divorce much more today than they might have a few decades ago. There are numerous issues that are still commonly key factors in decisions to divorce, such as infidelity, communication breakdowns between spouses or one spouse feeling unappreciated or dissatisfied with the relationship. Nevertheless, there has been a decrease in the overall rate of divorce in the United States in recent years.
Before 2020 ends, thousands of spouses will file documents in family courts to end their marriages. Doing so is typically a stressful experience, especially if there are children involved. Every child reacts differently to his or her parents’ divorce. The emotional cost of such situations is often as significant as the financial end of things.
In any case, a concerned parent or spouse may wish to discuss his or her plans to divorce with an experienced family law attorney before heading to court. This is often the best way to ensure that one’s parental rights will be protected and that children’s best interests will be a central focus of all proceedings. An Arizona attorney can also remain available to provide assistance later on, if a post-divorce legal problem arises between former spouses, something that is relatively common as children age and life circumstances evolve.