After being married for several decades or more, most Pennsylvania spouses have reached age 55 or beyond. In the past 20 years, the divorce rate in this age group has doubled. Many older people are filing petitions in family law court after deciding that they want to spend their golden years as singles or, at least, without their current spouses.
Pennsylvania couples who plan to get married in the upcoming year have many things to consider. Since more couples are waiting to marry until they have established their careers and built independent financial security, one factor to address is how to protect their accomplishments against the possibility of divorce. For many generations, one aspect of family law that offers that protection is the prenuptial agreement.
Perhaps one of the most upsetting realizations newly divorced parents have is understanding they will be spending at least part of their holidays without their children. This may be a most painful separation, such as not having them at the table on Thanksgiving Day or waking up in an empty house on Christmas morning. Whether the decision was negotiated by the parents or handed down by a family law judge, it may be a difficult though not impossible adjustment to make.