Back in the day I used to sing along with Johnny Taylor as he sang "It's cheaper to keep her." As for many songs I heard from the 70's, I only knew the chorus lines. I guess I wasn't really listening to the lyrics because I didn't know he was discussing the financial issues related to divorce. One line in the song says, " You didn't pay but two dollars
Whether you are in your 20's, 30's 40's or 50"s there is never a good time to divorce. Individuals in their 50"s may have more equity in their homes and more money in their retirement plan or may have been married long enough to collect (10 years) to collect social security on their spouse. However, the cost is still great. If you are thinking about remarriage, the success rate goes down each time you remarry. You could easily be back in the same boat five or ten years from now.
If you are thinking about divorce, contemplate the costs. Don't just think about the financial costs, but also think about the emotional costs to your family. Instead, spend your money on a good counselor and try to find a way to work out your differences. You may find that the cost is too great and determine that "it's cheaper to keep her or him!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach