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Divorcing later in life: key differences

Couples who divorce typically can’t see it coming when they first get married. And some couples don’t expect to separate after 30 years of marriage or more. Yet, people change over time. Some changes are just more gradual than others.

At this point in your life, the kids have grown, retirement is nigh and your situation could be vastly different from it was just ten years ago. You may want new experiences or have concerns that don’t match up with your marriage. You may even decide that it’s time for divorce.

‘Gray divorce’ refers to the marital separation of spouses over 50-years-old. This is becoming more common across America each year. The factors involved with divorcing later in life are different from divorce in middle age. It will likely focus less on child custody, especially if your children have moved out and started their own lives.

Instead, gray divorce can entail more discussion of property and finances. Unique considerations regarding health, life insurance and retirement benefits may play a role in dividing assets. Divorce may mean you will have to revise your will and designate new beneficiaries concerning retirement accounts and insurance policies.

Deciding what are shared versus individual assets can prove difficult – especially after nearly a lifetime of purchasing and earning together. This is why working with an experienced divorce attorney is so crucial. Resolving property division disputes amiably can prove far less costly for you and your spouse in the long run.

A gray divorce can be as painful as any other divorce, but it can also mean a fresh start and help you rediscover your independence. Your lawyer will guide you through this complex process so you can begin to enjoy the bountiful autumn of life.

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Divorcing later in life: key differences | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC