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Divorcing seniors don’t have to confront divorce with trepidation

by | Jan 18, 2019 | Elderly Divorce, Firm News |

Researchers with the Pew Research Center note that those 50 years of age or older are getting divorced at double the rate now than what they were in the 1990s. While many would argue that this increase in divorce rates among seniors has to do with the fact that these individuals are living longer than previous generations, this isn’t the only explanation for this increase.

Many analysts suggest that the uptick in gray divorce may have something to do with their shift in perspective about divorce. While unhappy spouses may have simply stuck out a marriage that had run its course, they’re not as willing to do that as they once were. Over 48 percent of Americans get remarried. When individuals remarry for a second time, their marriages aren’t lasting as long as their first one did.

Senior couples in Orlando often divorce after their kids have graduated high school and gone off to college. They often have been so busy raising kids for the better part of two decades at that point that they don’t feel that they know or care for one another as they once did anymore.

Other Floridians give up on their marriages because they’re disillusioned with the little that they’ve saved to retire. Some feel pushed out of their roles by their younger colleagues. Many resent having to reenter the job market to find work when the money they had saved to retire has run out. This all creates problems in marriages that spawn divorces.

The emotional pain that Florida seniors experience when they’re faced with having to endure an unhappy marriage can quickly turn into physical pain. It can have a rippling effect on those around them including their adult kids and grandchildren as well.

No matter what age you are when you are when you decide to divorce, it’s always complex in that it can make you feel financially, emotionally and physically unsettled. An attorney can help walk you through the process to make things as painless as possible. You may also find that brokering a deal for the equitable division of marital property using a collaborative law approach is also the right one for you.