There is no guarantee that, past any certain number of years of marriage, a couple will remain together until the very end. The rise of gray divorce -- or, the divorce of a couple closer to retirement than not -- has certainly seemed to highlight that there is no one right time to end a marriage. While gray divorcees in Minnesota will have to address most of the same items of interest as their younger counterparts, older individuals will likely have different financial concerns.
Divorce is not the social sin it used to be. That doesn't mean it's any less emotional or life jarring. Nor is it only the domain of the young. Older couples in Minnesota are divorcing at a rate that some experts say is even higher than younger ones. It's called gray divorce.
It's been widely said and often repeated in Minnesota and elsewhere that the rate of divorce in the United States is about 50 percent. That is, half of all marriages end in divorce. But is that accurate?
Adopting a child or giving one up for adoption are clearly matters that have to do with Minnesota family law. However, most states don't have statutes specifically outlawing fraud in adoption.