When couples get married, everyone agrees that they’re in it for the long haul; for better or for worse. However, sometimes feelings change, people evolve and emotional distance increases enough for happily ever after to come to a premature end with divorce. When marriages end, it’s a given that couples must go through legal hurdles and make considerations for the future. But what happens when divorce occurs during one’s golden years? When it comes to the “gray divorce,” there are certain things future divorcees over the age of 50 need to know.
Over the years, overall social acceptance of divorce has increased thanks in large part to the evolution of traditional roles of men and women. People no longer feel compelled to stay married if their union fails to provide a sense personal and/or emotional fulfillment. This being the case, more and more people over the age of 50 are getting divorced when they feel their marriages do not work anymore. In fact, according to a study from a pair of sociologists at Bowling Green State University, the number of gray divorces (i.e., divorces that occur over the age of 50) has doubled since 1990. Since gray divorce is more common nowadays, there are certain considerations to make in these instances that are a bit different from divorce occurring earlier in life.
As with any divorce, gray divorces can pose sticky situations that call for both parties to make some adjustments in their lifestyles. Below are just a few considerations people over the age of 50 need to make when filing for divorce:
If you or someone you know is considering a divorce, contact the family law attorneys at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant. We are well versed in divorce law and will be more than happy to provide our far-reaching legal expertise to address your situation. Give us a call today to set up a consultation at (940) 387-3518, or contact us here.
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