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How divorce may differ for people in their 20s

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2018 | Divorce

Arizona 20-somethings who get a divorce might feel isolated among their peers. Divorce among younger couples is on the decline, and one reason is because people are getting married later in life. The median age at marriage rose in 2016 to 27.4 for women and 29.5 for men. People in their 20s who get a divorce might struggle to find peers in the same situation or even friends who have married in the first place.

In some ways, people who divorce in their 20s may have less difficulty than people who do so later. They are less likely to have children or shared assets, and it is less likely that there will be a large income discrepancy. They are also more likely to have a prenuptial agreement.

One woman reports that her marriage to her high school sweetheart ended when they realized they had simply changed a great deal. One divorce lawyer reports the two-year and the five-year mark being the most frequent points at which younger people visit him after getting a divorce. Sometimes, one person may want children and the other may not. Other times, people may feel they married too young and missed out on dating around.

People who are getting a divorce at any age should be aware that Arizona is a community property state. In these states, the assets and debts acquired after the marriage are generally considered shared property even if only one person acquired them. In other words, if only one person contributed to a retirement account, that person still might be required to split it with a spouse. There may be some exceptions in community property states, such as inheritances that are not commingled with joint finances. People who are considering a divorce and who have questions about financial issues and property division may want to consult an attorney.

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