Three Great Stories from This Year

2016 is winding down and the holiday season is in full swing. With winter roaring all across West Michigan, hopefully you are staying safe and warm no matter what your year-end and holiday plans may be.  Read more

Changing the View of Divorce

The idea of divorce, or ending any relationship for that matter, is inherently difficult. Along with being emotionally taxing, it comes with a series of life changes that call for time and inner strength. Family structures, social circles, finances, housing and daily routines are just a handful of areas affected by a separation. Read more

Divorce Rates Drop Again

For the third consecutive year, divorce rates across the country have dropped. Recently published research by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research highlighted the decline. The overall divorce rate nationwide is now at its lowest point in the past 35 years. Read more

Exploring Depression in Relationships

There are many factors to maintaining healthy, lasting relationships. Along with maintaining a strong tie with your partner, there are countless external forces that can influence a marriage for better or worse. Likewise, there is a broad spectrum of reasons for divorce.  Read more

The Power of a Kind Gesture

Going through a divorce creates a unique set of challenges. Sometimes the process can be relatively quick, and in others it is drawn out with a wide range of factors involved. Finalizing the legal portion of the divorce is only part of that which the divorce entails. Read more

Exploring Marriage and Divorce Differences Between Genders

It comes as little surprise that, like with many things, there are plenty of differences in the ways that men and women view divorce and marriage. Divorce attorneys can anecdotally share trends they have seen throughout their careers. There are countless factors that lead to separation; common causes can vary geographically, even for places as close as Grand Rapids and Holland. One recently published article explored a number of these differences, citing larger studies that may prove true anywhere. Read more

Wrapping Up Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Grand Rapids area is finishing a busy month supporting awareness initiatives. Events throughout the month serve to honor victims, support those currently suffering from domestic violence, and raise awareness for community resources and preventative measures.  Read more

Divorce Later in Life Leaves Women Working Longer

Weathering a divorce has long-lasting effects on all parties involved. Along with the emotional costs, it can take some time to rebuild one’s financial security. A study from Boston College and Mathematica Policy Research finds that divorcing later in life can significantly impact the ability to retire. Based on the findings, women especially are less likely to retire early. Read more

Divorce Trends Toward Older Generations

Divorce rates across the board have slowly started trending downward. However, trends reveal an increasing rate for those over the age of 50. As recently as 1990, only 2.8% of people over 50 were divorced. Today, that number has reached 15%, with roughly a quarter of separations coming from the older generation. With more people falling in that age range, it is important to understand the trends and how they may apply to the Grand Rapids area. Read more

Homelessness May Be An Overlooked Side-Effect Of Divorce

After a divorce, couples are often able to fall back on their families for support; however, there are many families who are not able to seek or offer help. They may have had a tumultuous separation, or they may not get along with the people who raised them. Regardless of the reason, homelessness may become a reality for those that separate without a good support network. Read more