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Graduation time and divorce often go hand-in-hand

As you've ventured out to eat in Kissimmee in recent weeks, you've likely seen quite a bit of youth in satin gowns. It's that time of year again for high schoolers to walk across the stage and get their diplomas. Sadly in recent years, the start of divorce season has coincided with the high school graduations.

Many parents head out to their teenager's graduations looking. When they're there, they act like all is well in their relationships. Weeks later, once their child heads off to college, they schedule an appointment with a divorce attorney.

So many of those moms and dads were high school sweethearts and married young. Many spent the bulk of their 20s and 30s in their unhappy marriages for the sake of their kids. The minute that their kids graduate high school, they feel as if they've tolerated enough and finally decide to get divorced.

Many spouses endure years of virtual solitude before they divorce. Spouses grow apart because they've long been focused on their careers and raising their kids. They often find it difficult to relate to one another once the kids are gone from home. In their solitude, they start to envision taking back their lives for themselves and living a simpler life.

One spouse's idea of a good life may look nothing like the other's. One may be looking to buckle down and save money so that they can retire. Another may want to travel, downsize their home or take on the responsibility of caring for a pet.

When a child graduates, it can change spouses' perspectives on what they're looking to get out of life.

Couples who divorce once their last child has graduated high school often take a few years off and start dating again. They quickly realize that finding a mate doesn't work the same as it once did. If they're lucky enough to find someone that gives them a fresh perspective on life, then they often remarry. Marriages aren't always successful the second time around.

It can be daunting to think about getting divorced, especially if you've been married for a significant time. It's even harder if you're getting closer to retiring. An experienced late-life divorce attorney can help you navigate all of the different challenges that you face when you decide to end your marriage. This includes helping you negotiate a settlement that's most favorable for you.

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