Just as a marriage, divorce is multifaceted and often complex. What prompts one person in Arizona or anywhere in the United States to file for divorce may not even be a consideration for another individual. Because every relationship has its own set of ideals and rules, the decision to file for divorce is rarely hasty.
Arizona readers who watched last week's People's Choice Awards might have noticed that despite nominations in many categories, singer Katy Perry was absent. This is because Perry and her husband, British comedian Russell Brand, recently decided to divorce and Perry felt she needed some time to herself.
We have covered many celebrity divorces in previous posts. Although such divorces may seem very far removed from the typical Arizona divorce, many characteristics of celebrity divorces are surprisingly common for high net worth Arizona residents.
Divorce before the age of 30 may create fewer financial complications in terms of real estate or property division and that's because many Arizona couples who are young may not yet have accumulated real estate or other items over which they need to negotiate a complex properly division arrangement.
As ski fans in Arizona may have recently heard, Lindsey Vonn and husband Thomas Vonn have announced an end to their four-year marriage. Lindsey Vonn rose to fame as one of the United State's top ski racers of all time during her marriage to Thomas, her coach and also a former professional skier.
Recent happenings in Florida may spark the interest of some residents here in Arizona. According to news reports from the Sun Sentinel, legislators in Florida are taking a new bill under consideration. The new bill would put a stop to permanent alimony within the confines of the state. The proposal comes on the heels of additional legislation that mandates permanent alimony be limited to marital relationships that lasted a "longer" period of time.
Divorce in Arizona and elsewhere is rarely a simple matter. Even in an otherwise amicable divorce proceeding, disputes may arise that embitter the spouses toward one another. That is sometimes all the more true in cases where the divorcing spouses share children.
Celebrity divorce stories are no surprise to many us. But some come as more of a surprise than others. Arizona fans of crime-fiction writer Elmore Leonard may be interested in knowing that the celebrated author and his wife of 18 years are planning to divorce.
Divorce is not easy, no matter what anyone says and no matter if it is in Arizona, California or elsewhere. There is such a range of emotions when confronting a divorce, and while friends may argue that the focus must be on the financial issues at hand, it is easier for them to say since they are not the ones making the emotional break. Certainly the financial issues are important and need careful consideration, but the same is true of feelings of loss and fear for what could be waiting around the bend.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2009 American Community Survey, the answer to that question is "yes." This survey was the first to look deeply at marriage and divorce statistics on a national level. The results may surprise you.