A spouse discovers cheating, or falls out of love, or maybe even breaks an abusive cycle. It happens all the time – divorce. In fact, the oldest recorded divorce couple was a 99-year-old man who divorced his 96-year-old wife.
He was going through an old piece of furniture, and just days before Christmas, discovered evidence that showed that his wife had had an affair while he was off at war in the 1940s. Despite the fact that they have 5 children and over a dozen grandchildren – and a great-grandchild – he filed for divorce. They had been married for 77 years.
This is not the first remarkably long-lived marriage that has ended in divorce. The previous record holder for age at divorce was a British couple that were 98 years old when they divorced. They had been married for 35 years.
While New Jersey doesn’t have any record-breaking couples as those mentioned, the state has seen its fair share of breakups. And, studies have shown that people who marry at age 17 or younger are twice as likely to break up than other young couples.
The experience of divorce is never easy, and, typically, an attorney is necessary to make sure all of the paperwork is taken care of properly. Even if you and your soon to be ex-spouse agree on how to split things up, you still need to have the proper paperwork in place to make it legal. There are situations in which you can’t even get a loan for a new car unless your debt situation is clearly outlined.
There are also children to take into account. Many homes these days are already blended families, with a “yours, mine, and ours” type of family structure. The husband and wife each may have children of their own that they bring into the marriage, and then, they’ll often have one or two of their own. This can make a divorce really messy, requiring expert handling of the legal issues. That’s when NJ divorces need the help of a qualified family law and divorce attorney.