Behind every great song there is usually a story and, in many cases, the break-up of a romantic relationship serves as inspiration for some of the most successful hits. While some may argue these singers and songwriters, and other individuals who choose to dwell on a break-up, are gluttons for punishment; the results of a recent study indicate that dwelling on a relationship may actually help speed an individual's psychological recovery.
When it comes to marriage, same-sex couples in the U.S. have long encountered roadblocks and opposition. Currently, according to the non-profit, Freedom To Marry, 30 states recognize the legal rights of same-sex couples to marry. Measures related to same-sex marriage are pending in many other states. As the nation seems poised to finally allow gay and lesbian couples to marry and enjoy many of the privileges previously only afforded to heterosexual couples, legal issues related to same-sex divorce and child custody must also be addressed.
In recent years, there's been a lot written about the increase in the number of U.S. divorces among couples age 50 and older. For these individuals, rather than child custody of minor-aged children, major divorce concerns typically focus on how to fund one’s retirement.
A recent Gallup poll gives telling insight into the growing societal acceptance of same-sex marriages; 55 percent of Americans now support laws making gay and lesbian marriages legal. The percentage is much higher for younger people (between the ages of 18 and 29), with eight out of every 10 people in that demographic supporting marriage equality regardless of sexual orientation.