People in Milwaukee have no doubt heard others make the argument that it is too easy to get a divorce these days. However, it is equally certain that there are those in Milwaukee who know -- either from personal experience or from knowing others who have divorced -- that in some relationships, the best thing for both partners is to end the marriage.
Many Milwaukee residents probably know J. Crew, the clothing company beloved by Michelle Obama and other clotheshorses. If so, they are probably familiar with the face of J. Crew, Jenna Lyons. J. Crew has made Lyons, its president and creative director, a prominent fixture of its marketing campaigns. She usually appears in advertisements with her son to convey the message that it is possible to be a modern, career-oriented professional and parent -- and to look great all the while.
The reasons behind a divorce are often private (as they should be, since is a deeply personal decision). This is not usually how it goes with celebrities, however, since people are so interested in every detail of their lives. But the case of popular crime novelist Elmore Leonard bucks that trend. Reporters in his native Detroit only recently learned that Leonard his wife of 18 years are separating and the reasons behind the divorce are (surprise, surprise) a mystery.
As we have reported before, the divorce rate among those over 50 is moving up as divorces overall are holding steady. Those numbers seem to disprove the conventional wisdom people in Milwaukee have that divorce is only for young people who rushed into ill-advised unions. That people over 50 are splitting up in eye-catching numbers, then, may not be new, but it is such an interesting trend that researchers keep studying it in hopes of better understanding the social forces that are driving this trend.
Some divorce experts say that divorce is harder on women than it is on men -- not necessarily on an emotional or physical level, but in a financial sense. This is something people, not only those in Milwaukee but everywhere, need to factor into their plans if they decided to end their relationships.
The executive director of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin recently wrote an opinion piece for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in which he urged residents of Milwaukee and other Wisconsin cities to consider a means of separating to which they may not have previously given much thought -- collaborative divorce. While there are benefits to collaborative divorce, there are drawbacks as well. Any Milwaukee resident who is thinking of separating with a spouse would do well to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative divorce, which will be briefly outlined here.
After Milwaukee residents decide to divorce, is the marriage really over? Maybe, but maybe not. Some marriage and family law observers say that even after a couple makes the decision to end their relationship and goes about creating a child visitation schedule, making arrangements to divide their property, etc. there is a possibility the marriage could be saved. But that, of course, begs the question: should the marriage be saved in the first place?
Those who frequently read our Milwaukee divorce law blog may have come to the simple conclusion by now that the divorce process is complex. Not only do individuals suffer emotional pain when faced with the fact that their marriage is over, but recent studies have indicated that divorce can also take a toll on one's physical health.
When Milwaukee couples come to a mutual decision to divorce, they might also expect to be able to reach negotiations regarding child custody and property settlements with little interference from a third party. However, when complex issues and high assets are at the center of discussion, negotiations often become very complicated.