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Young Couples Face Unique Divorce Challenges

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Lombard divorce attorneysNo matter how old or young you are, if you are married, there is the possibility that you could get divorced. Most people, however, tend to think of divorce as a reality that mostly affects couples who are relatively older. These notions may be linked to movies and television where a wandering eye or a mid-life crisis drives spouses apart when they are in their early forties or older. Divorce, however, can also become necessary for couples who are far younger, and those who get divorced in their 20s may face years of potential complications. This is especially true for 20-somethings with children.

Finding a Niche

Human beings are social creatures, and most of us derive a sense of belonging when we find a peer group where we feel comfortable. If you are recently divorced with no children, it may be relatively easy to socialize with other younger singles. If you have children, however, you may feel stuck in the middle. On one hand, our parental responsibilities may not allow to you enjoy the spontaneous, carefree lifestyle of single people your age. On the other hand, you may not feel very comfortable among other parents, especially those who might be a bit older or whose marriage is still intact. It is, however, important to avoid cutting yourself off completely from social situations. Find a sitter every now and again, and go out and a have a good time.

Co-Parenting Relationships

For many people, a divorce is a new beginning—a chance to start over and to build a better future. A younger divorced person is likely to be encouraged by a world of possibilities, which could include new hobbies, new friends, and the chance to travel. If you are a parent, you will still have new opportunities, but you and your ex-spouse will most likely be in each other’s lives for your children’s sake. Depending on the age of your children, you may be co-parenting with your ex for the next 10 years or longer. Unfortunately, even the most amicable shared parenting arrangements have their share of challenges, and situations will arise where you must sacrifice your own plans.

Escaping a Bad Marriage

Regardless of your age, an unhealthy marriage can be toxic and cause emotional and psychological harm to the entire family. The idea of “staying together for the children” is now seen by most parenting experts as outdated and even dangerous. It is better for children to enjoy healthy relationships with both parents in two separate homes that it is for them to suffer through constant bickering and tension in an “intact” family situation.

Contact Us for Help

At A. Traub & Associates, our experienced Lombard family law attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients create a happier future for themselves and their children. To learn more or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 630-426-0196 today.



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