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10 years later: Couple's split lasts twice as long as marriage

Going through a divorce can be one of the most devastating and stressful times in a person's life. The emotions that a person can experience, combined with complicated legal procedures, can often seem quite overwhelming. But it is important to try and keep a divorce in perspective. It is true that a divorce marks the end of a marriage, but it can also be the start of a new chapter and a fresh start. And while it may not always seem like it, the process of divorce will not last forever. Or at least it shouldn't. 

One couple is testing the limits of just how long it takes to end a marriage and come to some agreement on how to move forward separately. Couples and divorced spouses in Texas may sympathize with some of the things this couple is going through, but will likely be glad they were able to avoid this kind of drawn-out divorce. 

The couple was married for five years before filing for divorce. Now, 10 years later, they are still battling out child visitation and court fee issues in court. Their divorce has lasted twice as long as their marriage and there seems to be no sign that it will come to an end any time soon.

The former couple has been unable to compromise or cooperate on some issues, which has effectively stretched out their divorce much longer than a typical divorce. They have been arguing over court fees, expenses for expert testimonies and visitation rights and have reportedly been trying to damage each other's reputation with allegations of domestic assault, making false statements to police and attempts to alienate the children.

At the end of the day, stretching out the divorce process can have a very unfortunate effect on every person involved. The former couple may not be able to move on and begin to find satisfaction and happiness in a new life. Their children can end up frustrated, hurt and confused with the situation their parents are in. And the longer a divorce goes on, the more money and paperwork can generally be involved. Rather than drain resources and emotions, people in Texas can try to avoid the possibility of a lengthy and acrimonious divorce by working with a mediator, counselor or an attorney. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Connecticut Divorce Case Is Still Going Strong, 10 Years Later," Dave Collins, Sept. 8, 2013

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