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Potential issues for divorcing Massachusetts couples

Massachusetts couples may wonder what their likelihood of getting divorced is. According to a recent report, Massachusetts has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. New York and New Jersey also have low divorce rates. The report indicates that higher education levels and older marrying ages in these states may contribute to these statistics as both are correlated with longer-lasting marriages.

Even though the report states that only six or seven divorces occurred out of 1,000 people in a number of states including Massachusetts , these six or seven divorces are likely very significant for the divorcing couples.

The report indicates that Massachusetts' low divorce rate can be attributed to a great number of couples with higher education levels and couples who married at an older age. This does not mean that these couples will not divorce. However, these couples may encounter different issues if they divorce than couples who married at younger ages.

For instance, if a couple marries when they are both over 30, each spouse may have accumulated assets as an individual for nearly a decade. When couples marry with assets in tow, determining whether to sign a prenuptial agreement may be a topic of discussion. In addition, if these couples do divorce, they may have more assets to divide which could be more complicated.

Couples who marry at an older age likely also have children at older ages. When these couples divorce, they might still have young children in their homes, meaning that custody issues might be more complicated to resolve. If a couple divorces when their children are already teenagers, the custody arrangement will only last for a few years and their kids may be able to drive themselves to school and each parent's house so determining transportation would not be an issue.

However, couples who divorce when their children are very young will have to determine where the children will spend time and how they will be transported between homes and school. So, while Massachusetts' divorce rate is low, couples who do divorce may face different challenges than couples in states with high divorce rates.

Source: The New York Times, "Want your union to last? Marry in New Jersey," Sam Roberts, Oct. 12, 2012

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