How to get through a gray divorce

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Divorce is never easy, but it can be even more complicated when both parties are over 50.

This type of divorce, referred to as “gray divorce,” has become increasingly common in recent years, as more and more couples reach retirement age and decide they are no longer happy in their marriages.

If you are considering a gray divorce, it is important to be aware of the challenges that you may face.

The complications of a gray divorce

While the overall divorce rate has been declining, the rate among older adults has nearly doubled since the 1990s.

This type of divorce can be especially challenging, both emotionally and logistically. For one thing, older couples may have been married for many years and have spent most of their lives together. As a result, they may have difficulty adjusting to single life.

They may also have difficulty dividing their assets, as they may have accumulated a significant amount of property throughout their marriage. Not only does it often involve the division of retirement accounts and pensions, but it can also lead to a decrease in one’s standard of living. It may be further complicated if one spouse has been out of the workforce for many years.

While getting divorced later in life can have challenges, it can also offer opportunities for growth and new beginnings. However, navigating the complexities of a gray divorce can be difficult without legal representation. You will need help from someone who can help protect your rights and interests while also providing practical guidance on how to move forward with your life. With the right support, you can navigate the challenges of a gray divorce and emerge from the process ready to start a new chapter in your life.



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