People don't often discuss the realities of gray divorces, which are divorces that take place between spouses over the age of 50. In many cases, people involved in these divorces are parents, grandparents or even great grandparents. The end of this relationship can impact the entire family, not just their household.
Most people in Indiana probably know at least one couple or one person that has gotten divorced. No longer an uncommon or even a taboo experience, divorce is still something that most people would say they would rather avoid. It is also something that many people hold misconceptions about. One of those misconceptions is about how many divorces happen in America today.
Today's society has experienced many advances but also many challenges and Indiana families everywhere may be influenced by these. One of the trends that can be seen is the rise in the number of grandparents stepping in to raise their grandchildren. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 2.6 million grandparents who are doing just this, more than twice the number in 1970.
Many in Indianapolis may have a number of misconceptions about alimony (or, as Indiana state law calls it, "spousal maintenance"), chief among them being the ideas that alimony is automatically awarded in any divorce case, and that it is always awarded to the wife. This misunderstanding may come from the notion that alimony is in some way meant to be punitive towards the spouse who makes the most money, or the one whose actions contributed to the end of a marriage. In reality, alimony is simply meant to be a temporary means of financial support.