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able to ask and answers each other's ques- tions virtually through JaneDoesWell.org. "We try to offer events, experiences, and information that will help women at each stage of the divorce process, from the initial request, through the legal process itself, and on to life beyond," Kisiday explains. 113 s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e The Who, What, and Why of Divorce Some Divorce Facts n AFTER MORE THAN A CENTURY of rising divorce rates, during the last 30 years rates have been declin- ing. If current trends continue, Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist, estimates that near- ly two-thirds of marriages will not end in divorce. n ABOUT 25 PERCENT of all divorces in the United States are between couples over the age of 50. According to a study conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons, the top causes for women-initiated divorces were physical or emotional abuse, infidelity, or drug or alcohol addiction. For men, the most common reasons stated included falling out of love or believing that they had different values or lifestyle wishes than their spouses. Motivated by a concern that they would lose touch with their children in a divorce, men were more likely to prolong a difficult marriage than women. n DIVORCE CAN BE DEVASTATING at any age. However, when it happens later in life, it can have a profound financial impact on a woman and nega- tively affect her ability to retire," explains certified divorce financial analyst and Weston-resident Gabrielle Clemens who specializes in working with divorcing individuals. "By developing a comprehen- sive understanding of her individual and marital assets, liabilities, and financial needs, a woman can empower herself to make smart and sustainable short- and long-term financial decisions. To be suc- cessful, she needs to create and follow a realistic budget and financial plan. With proper planning, she can face the future with confidence." In the end, Clemens cautions, "marriage is about love; divorce is about money."

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