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Gray Divorce

Have You Considered Moving On To A New Phase In Your Life?

A study conducted by Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin, two sociologists from Bowling Green State University (BGSU), showed that the divorce rate among couples 50 years old and above more than doubled between 1990 and 2010 – a figure that directly contrasts the overall trend across the United States. Ever since divorce rates hit their peak in the 1970’s and 1980’s, fewer couples are looking to separate, with the divorce rate in the country steadily declining. The BGSU researchers began their study in the wake of Al and Tipper Gore’s divorce after a 40 year marriage, and discovered that about 55 percent of what they refer to as ‘gray divorces’ occur between couples who were together for 20 or more years of marriage.

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If you are considering filing for divorce, or if you are already wading through the process, hiring an experienced divorce lawyer will help you handle any complications or difficult situations that may come up. At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, our San Bernardino divorce lawyers have spent nearly two decades providing families and individuals with the legal guidance they require to secure the beneficial outcome they need to move on to the next phase of their lives. Contact us today to discuss your case with a member of our firm.

Why Divorce After So Many Years of Marriage?

Experts point towards children moving away from home as a key factor that plays into the growing number of gray divorces. These couples spent decades realigning their lives to raise and care for their children that, when they’re faced with an empty nest, they may begin to feel like a key component of their lives is missing. With the increasing number of older couples filing for divorce, it’s easy to see that many of these couples were unable to reconnect with their spouses in a satisfactory way and chose to look towards separation as a way to move forward with their lives.

Do You Have A Plan To Handle What Comes Next?

Taking the necessary steps to plan and prepare for your life after a divorce is important to protect yourself and your family from ending up in a difficult and possibly unmanageable situation. Some factors you need to consider include:

  • Your Children: Don’t leave your family in the dark about your reasons for making this decision. While your children may be young adults capable of maturely handling most situations, they will forever be your children and can feel hurt and confused by your decision. While keeping your children informed about your choices is important in maintaining a healthy family dynamic, you also need to consider the importance of keeping them in your lives for the long term – your children will likely, or at least hopefully play a major role in caring for you in your old age.
  • Your Financial Situation: Many couples save up a considerable retirement fund throughout the course of their marriage, and you need to plan your next steps after it’s split up during the property division portion of the divorce process. Taking the time to sit down with your divorce lawyer can help make sure that you don’t end up in a difficult financial situation once the final paperwork is signed.
  • Your Healthcare Plan: If you receive your healthcare through your soon to be ex-spouse’s plan, you need to make arrangements to remain covered once the divorce is finalized. You also need to consider factors that may come in to play later on in your life, like the potential need to hire someone to help you around the house. Many older couples help care for each other as they grow older, something that won’t be quite so easy after a divorce.

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Hire The Legal Representation You Need

Divorce can be an incredibly stressful even in the best of cases, which is why it’s important to hire a knowledgeable attorney to help you through the process. At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, our San Bernardino divorce attorneys have helped hundreds of families and individuals secure a beneficial outcome that puts them in the best possible position to move on to the next phase of their lives. Give us a call at (909) 344-5704 to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form to start out with a free case assessment today.

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