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Divorce lawyers and legal firms are watching for trends in their industry that are expected to emerge during 2019. When seeking the services of a divorce lawyer in San Antonio, TX, you will want to know if they are familiar with what is trending before they represent you. Read on to learn about the most recent trends in divorce.

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Divorcing Older

The baby boomer generation has been contributing to a climb in the divorce rate since the 1990s. A Pew Research Center study reveals that for every 1,000 married persons ages 50 and older, 10 went through divorce in 2015. The divorce rate is even more pronounced for people 65 and older: six people for every 1,000 married persons.

There are a number of factors behind this. Many baby boomers are on their second marriages, which tend to be less stable. In fact, according to Pew, nearly half of the adults 50 and older who divorced in 2015 were in their second or third marriages.

Many Women Want Out

Divorce lawyers are likely to find themselves representing more women as clients in 2019. Women are responsible for filing 69 percent of divorces, a study by the American Sociological Association says, and 90 percent of divorces are started by college-educated women who are less likely to tolerate an unhappy marriage if they have their own careers or are financially independent. In situations where divorce is essential to a fresh start, more women are likely to take the initiative.

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New tax and alimony laws that take effect in 2019 could make divorces more complicated and even messier. Under the new rules, the amount a spouse is paying for alimony support is no longer eligible for a tax deduction. With less incentive to negotiate a higher amount in spousal support, attorneys may find themselves spending more time with their clients working to reach a settlement.

The new laws also affect the spouse receiving alimony. The receiving spouse no longer must pay tax on alimony payments, but the total amount available will likely decline, and the lower potential income could affect the lives of the spouse and children that are involved. In addition, an unemployed spouse that is not paying taxes on alimony no longer has the opportunity to contribute to an IRA. 

Ask Your Lawyer

The lawyer you choose to handle your divorce should be well-versed in what could affect the negotiated resolution of your case. If you are in need of an experienced divorce lawyer in San Antonio, TX, look no further than the law offices of Steven C. Benke. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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