January 7, 2013 By Paul Wallin

Divorce is very common in today’s society. However, new research suggests that long-term separation is becoming more of an option for couples than divorce. According to a recent study, low-income couples cannot afford divorces and long-term separation is a better option for older professional-class couples.

The study, which was presented at an annual American Sociological Association meeting, looked at 7,272 people who were surveyed on a regular basis between 1979 and 2008. The study found that most people who separated from a spouse wound up getting a divorce within three years of the break up. The study also found that 15 percent of those couples who separated did not get a divorce within the first 10 years. Researchers believe that some couples simply could not afford to get a divorce, especially when children were involved.

“Those with young children may find it difficult to support themselves and their children if they divorce,” Zhenchao Qian, study co-author and professor of sociology at Ohio State University, said in a statement. “Divorce may not protect them because their spouse may be unwilling or unable to provide financial support.”

Along with keeping costs low, the new research finds that older professional-class couples choose long-term separation for other financial reasons. These include shared real estate, retirement savings and health care coverage.

While there are some financial benefits and advantages to long-term separation, there are also risks in remaining legally married. These include being liable for a spouse’s debt or having to share earnings. The reason for this is because of community property laws of certain states, such as California.

If you are currently contemplating a divorce from your spouse, you need an experienced divorce attorney to guide you through the many legal options that may be available to you. The experienced divorce attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can explain to you the benefits and risks involved in each option. With offices throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties, there is a Wallin & Klarich attorney wherever you are. To have a Wallin & Klarich attorney review your case, please call 888-749-7428 for more information. We will be there when you call.

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