Managing the Holidays after Divorce

Many people look forward to the holidays and gathering with family and friends. No matter what you celebrate, spending time with loved ones is something most people enjoy.

When you’re divorced, however, holidays can be stressful. This is especially true for couples with children. Coordinating schedules and vacations when both parents want to spend time with the kids can add layers of frustration and anxiety to an otherwise happy time. School concerts, family parties, and other events also force parents to interact more than usual – something that can be challenging when the parents are not normally on the best terms.

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The Rise of the “Gray Divorce”

Over the past few years, social scientists have noted an increase in the number of divorces among older couples. One of the first studies on the subject, which was conducted at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, looked at the increase in so-called “gray divorces” between 1990 and 2010. In 1990, the study reports, divorce among couples age 50 and over was just 10 per cent. By contrast, the number jumped to 25 per cent by 2010.

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Divorcing an Abusive Spouse

Intimate partner violence can take many forms, including physical violence, sexual assault, and emotional abuse. Although both genders can suffer abuse in a relationship, statistics show that women are more often victims in intimate relationships. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reports that women are more likely to experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner; women are also at greater risk for severe violence.

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