Here is a dramatic number – according to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), there were over 800,000 divorces across the country in 2014. This statistic is actually missing a number of states, which means it could be much higher. When compared to the number of new marriages every year, it translates into about a 50% divorce rate for a vast majority of America. So what is causing so many couples to throw in the towel? Divorce rates have exploded over the past three decades, but what are some of the reasons for the increase?
While every case is different, there are a few consistent factors that go into a couple’s desire to end it. Here are the most common causes of divorce the Law Office of Rick D. Banks has seen over the years: Continue reading
Grandparent Custody on the Rise
Being a parent is a challenge. While the degree of difficulty can vary from household to household. Generally speaking, raising a son or daughter is physically, emotionally, and financially demanding. So, when the time comes for a parent to move onto the honor role of grandparent, there is certain amount of relief that comes with the position. However, many grandparents today are finding themselves being thrust back into the role of active parent. While this is not a particularly novel situation, it is on the rise. Continue reading
Celebrity and High Profile Divorce in California
It feels like every week another celebrity divorce is being dissected on the nightly news. First it was Ben and Jen, now it seems we’re waiting on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to be the next “split de jour.” Unfortunately, one thing that tends to get lost amidst the gossiping and speculation is the incredible toll high-profile divorces can have on the families involved. We have to consider the amounts being invested in both parties: both emotionally and financially. Considering the sheer amount wealth that exists between two individuals like Kim and Kanye, you can imagine the immense strain that comes with attempting to separate it out. Continue reading
Increases in Fresno Gray Divorces
When most people think of divorce, they probably imagine a young husband and wife splitting up. A couple that barely knew themselves, let alone what they were jumping into when they got married. In decades past, roughly 9 out of 10 divorces in America were between couples 50 and younger. But, as our life expectancy has grown and goals have shifted, so too have divorce rates among older individuals. And the number of “gray divorces” is likely to increase in the coming years. Continue reading