In recent years, a growing number of adults over the age of 55 have chosen to divorce. While the dissolution of a long-term marriage can be stressful and complicated, more people are deciding it is the right choice for them.
At Platt Hopwood Russell & Cole, in Melbourne, Florida, we have helped clients at all stages of life protect their personal and legal interests during divorce. Our attorneys have the experience to guide you through all the complexities of divorce later in life.
Why the Increase in Gray Divorce?
Many people joining the “gray divorce” wave are empty nesters who stayed together for the sake of their children. Now that their kids have left the nest, these parents have decided to go their separate ways.
In addition, mature adults have seen attitudes toward divorce change in their own communities. What was once a societal taboo is now fairly common. Some older adults are deciding that they would rather enjoy their golden years on their own terms rather than staying in a marriage that is not working.
Whatever your reasons for ending your marriage, you deserve compassionate guidance from an attorney with a history of securing favorable results in divorce proceedings. At Platt Hopwood Russell & Cole, our goal is to put our clients in the best possible position to move on and enjoy the next chapter of their lives.
Unique Considerations for Older Adults in Divorce
In some ways, the divorce process is easier for older adults. There are rarely issues of child support or parenting time, which means loved ones are free to explore changing family dynamics without legal restrictions. Many established couples have less debt, which can simplify the division of debt. However, late-life divorce also presents significant challenges, including:
- Spousal support, particularly when one spouse put a career on hold to raise a family
- Division of property, including retirement savings accounts, pensions and the marital home
- Estate planning implications of changing beneficiary designations
- Medicare and long-term care planning to ensure that each spouse has the resources needed for the future
- Emotional challenges that come with ending a long-lasting relationship
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
We understand that considering a divorce later in life can bring up stress and uncertainty. We encourage you to discuss your concerns with a lawyer who is familiar with these issues. The partners in our family law division, Billie Jo Hopwood and Tiffani Cole will answer your questions and help you develop a plan to protect your best interests during and after divorce proceedings.