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Ohio family law: What do the experts say about divorce?

Before considering divorce, quite a few people want to know what the experts have to say about the topic. The experts, or course, are those individuals who have studied divorce and divorce rates. There are a lot of myths floating out there about marriage dissolutions that many family law attorneys would like put to rest. This week, this column will address some actual facts about divorce that Ohio residents may be interested in learning.

One big myth about divorce has to do with divorce rates. It is often reported that 50 percent of all marriages dissolve. However, according to researchers at Bowling Green State University, this is not true. Dissolution rates are actually at a 40-year low.

Another myth has to do with the timing of divorce. January is thought to be the beginning of divorce season, but in all reality divorce rates really spike in March and August. This information comes from researchers at the University of Washington. They believe that couples use holidays and vacation times to try and fix things before deciding to file to dissolve their marriages.

Finally, younger or middle age couples are often thought to be the ones to end their marriages. However, it is now believed that more couples in their 50s or older are actually the one's filing for divorce. In fact, the number of gray divorces, as they are known, doubled over the last few decades.

At the end of the day, all the facts in the world do not matter. If a marriage is over, the only thing that matters is what the couple feels will best benefit their situation. Sometimes, divorce is the best option. Ohio residents who are considering filing to dissolve their marriages can turn to a family law attorney for help.

Source: businessinsider.com, "13 facts about divorce every couple should know before getting married", Shana Lebowitz, Aug. 18, 2017

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