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The cost of divorce

May 21, 2016 • By Dennis Beaver

Once upon a time in a small Northern California town that reminds you of “Back to the Future,” lived two high school sweethearts, Ali and Mike. After graduation they married, promptly had two children, now grown and starting families of their own.

54 percent of “high school sweetheart” marriages fail within 10 years. But they just celebrated, “26 years of happy married life, in fact, we have known Mike since he was a young boy, and all of us have a great relationship,” Ali’s father wrote.

“She has always supported Mike’s desire to advance in his career. With overtime, he earns over $130,000 a year. Ali runs her own part-time book-keeping business, and makes around $25,000,” her father explained.

“Had a great relationship” would have been a better choice of words, as “Last Monday, Mike informed Ali that he no longer wants to be married, claiming that there is no one else and that she’s not the problem.”…click here to read more