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Marriage isn't black and white, and neither is divorce

It can be easy to view divorce as a black and white subject where couples are either married or divorced, old or young, happy or not. Often, the reality of divorce is that it resides somewhere in a more gray area, where each couple in Colorado will likely face unique issues or driving factors when deciding if filing for divorce is the best option. As such, recently released statistics may surprise those who previously viewed divorce in such stark terms.

For many, age is a mark of maturity, and there may now be proof to back that up. Waiting until the age of 25 to walk down the aisle reduces a person's likelihood of getting divorced by nearly 25 percent. Of course, this lessened chance is not a guarantee that a person will never file for divorce. Conversely, it does not mean that couples who chose to get married at a younger age are inevitably destined for divorce.

An often cited statistic is that approximately half of all marriages in the United States ultimately end up in divorce. This myth rose to fame back in the 1990s and was driven by citing that there was one couple divorced every time that two other couples got married. However, this does not actually mean that half of all married people are getting divorced because, as one expert noted, the couples who were getting divorced were typically not those who got married that same year.

Statistics concerning risk factors and causes of divorce are plentiful, but there is little denying that each uniquely individual married couple will be affected in very different ways. Age could indeed be a contributing factor to divorce for some people in Colorado, while others may have matured quicker than others. With the reasons behind divorce as uniquely complex as they appear to be, blanket approaches to dealing with the divorce process are not necessarily appropriate for everyone. A careful evaluation of each party's needs, financial status and contested issues can help couples find the most beneficial approach to the process as possible.

Source: kshb.com, "First comes Valentine's Day. Then comes divorce court? March is prime time for splitting up", Holly Edgell, March 19, 2015

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