A gray divorce is a divorce that happens when one or both spouses are over the age of 50 and have been married for a significant amount of time, typically over 20 years.
If you are facing a gray divorce, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. However, it’s important to understand the process and protect your interests.
What challenges can you expect?
Gray divorces can often be more complicated and challenging than divorces for younger couples.
One of the biggest challenges facing older couples going through a divorce is the division of assets. Unlike younger couples who may not have accumulated much in property or savings, older couples often have a significant amount of equity built up in their homes and retirement accounts. This can make dividing these assets reasonably difficult, especially if there is no prenuptial agreement.
Even after the division of assets, couples may still face financial challenges, as they likely have less time to save for retirement because they may have more working years behind them than ahead of them. Some people have to put off retirement in order to rebuild their nest eggs.
Couples who have been married for many years may find it difficult to adjust to single life. In addition, gray divorce can be emotionally complicated, as it often coincides with the empty nest stage of life. It is important to give yourself time to grieve and adjust to the new changes in your life.
A gray divorce can be complicated and challenging to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are legal professionals who can help guide you through the process and offer invaluable support.