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Younger couples experience divorce differently

Couples in Texas divorce at all ages and stages of life. From those who got married as soon as they were legally able to, to those who tied the knot later in their golden years, couples at every point on the spectrum of life can find themselves pondering divorce. Men and women who get married and divorced at a younger age, though, experience the process a bit differently than their older counterparts, and may want the benefits of divorce mediation after their separation.

One aspect of a "younger" divorce can be alienation. Especially if a person gets divorced in their twenties, it can feel like everyone else is just beginning their new family life, rather than ending a prior family experience. In today's age of social media, seeing everyone else's wedding plans and birth announcements can feel isolating, but the fact is that plenty of Texans do realize their marriage is untenable at an early stage. Rather than embarrassment, people should take pride in taking a difficult step that nonetheless shows maturity rather than failure.

Still, many people, especially women, will internalize an early divorce as some sort of failure on their part. Due to these strong emotions, it may be beneficial to consider mediation instead of a traditional divorce. In Texas, mediation allows the two parties to a divorce to work together in a calm, orderly environment that is highly-conducive to harmony after a breakup. In addition, mediation can tackle some of the most in-depth issues in a divorce, from spousal support to property division.

Mediation also allows parties to strive towards win-win solutions regarding child custody, if children are involved in a marriage. Rather than treating children as "baggage," mediators acknowledge the value of children and their relationships with each parent. Finally, mediation can be used in either a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce, both of which can catch people in their twenties.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce in your twenties: what it's like to split at 28," Joelle Caputa, Feb. 22, 2013

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