Author: Michael Rosmann

How Divorce Impacts Extended Family Members, Friends and Others in the Community [part 4 of 4]

Divorce is almost always toughest on children, and secondly on their parents. Divorce also impacts other loved ones, such as the children’s grandparents, the siblings of the divorcing couple, and the friends of the couple. This is the last article in a four-part series about divorce between marriage partners. Today we look at how divorce affects the extended family and other people connected to separating families in general, and on-farm families and their communities in particular. Parents, siblings, and friends of divorcing couples usually don’t know how to react initially to their separating loved ones. Unless an obvious reason...

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How Divorce Changes Formerly Married Partners [part 3 of 4]

Persons who divorce their partners are seldom the same afterward as when they undertook their marriage vows for the first time.  They often feel their innocence slip away when they separate, and especially if they enter new relationships; they usually also become clearer about what they are looking for in a permanent mate. Divorced persons generally are wary and careful when making nuptial pledges for a second, third, or additional time even if they are not responsible for the problematic behaviors of their partner, like substance abuse that contributed to marital dissolution.  Divorce is sometimes the best option, such...

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Children of Farming Couples: Divorce Has Varying Impacts [part 2 of 4]

Divorce is hard on the partners dissolving their marriage and on their children.  The extended family of parents and siblings, and the friends of the divorcing family usually also experience dismay, hurt, empathy, and other emotions. This article is about the impact of divorce on children, including farm children.  It is the second in a four-part series about divorce. It follows last week’s article about how divorce by couples engaged in farming is less frequent than for the general population but has significant implications on property distribution, responsibility for debts, and the continuation of the farming operation by future...

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Reasons Why Divorce is More Complicated for Farm Couples [part 1 of 4]

Historically, divorce by farm couples was less frequent than by other married US couples until the Farm Crisis of the 1980s.  Divorces between married farm partners increased to equal the rate of all US divorces, which was then about 22 per 1,000 couples annually.  About 40 percent of all marriages ended in divorce. Since the 1980s, the divorce rate of all US married couples has dropped to 16.7 per 1,000 couples yearly, according to The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.  The divorce rate of farm couples in the US declined even more;...

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2018 Outlook is Slightly Improved for Farmers and Rural Communities

Agricultural producers, their families, and their rural communities exit 2017 on mixed reports concerning their well-being and enter 2018 on slightly more positive footing.  Not all segments of rural society will improve though. The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) said in their November 29, 2017, report that U.S. farm income has bottomed out and will stabilize during the coming year before beginning a slow climb out of the current recession.  Net farm income for 2017 per farm household was forecast to drop from a negative $940 in 2016 to a negative $1,093 per farm household in 2017, but the...

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