Divorce, or the thought of a divorce, can happen at any age. Sometimes the longer someone is in a marriage, that person feels more risk in the possibility of ending the relationship. Gray divorce, according to McKinley Irvin Family Law, “refers to divorces involving spouses over the age of 50, and who are typically members of the Baby Boomer generation.”
Some of the concerns, according to the Weinberger Divorce and Family Law Group, are the fears of dying alone, going broke, being too old to start over, disappointing the children, and being on his or her own.
Fortunately, these fears aren’t always reality. Many couples re-marry after a grey divorce, plus it isn’t unnatural to feel emotionally isolated in an unhappy marriage. In the prevention of going broke – managing assets and expenses properly, as well as living simpler, can all certainly help.
For those that feel too old to start over, one important thing to remember is that an unhappy marriage can take a toll on both the physical and mental well-being of the individual.
In regards to disappointing your children, it is important not to mislead the children into thinking that the marriage is perfect and happy. It is more respectful to let children know the truth and to be openly honest.
And finally, for being on one’s own, even a gray divorce situation is adaptable. It won’t be easy, but in the long run – if the marriage is truly toxic – then the post-gray-divorce living situation will be better for everybody.
Gray divorce has become a rising trend and, at Southern Oaks Law Firm, we’re here to help. Family law attorney Taylor Fontenot understands the need to listen and empathize while providing practical legal advice and high-quality representation. You’re not alone in your time of need. Call Taylor today at 337-704-7255.