Deciding to get a divorce is never easy, but it can be particularly challenging
to go through with a divorce later in life. Most people over the age of
50 have all of their ducks in a row, so to speak. In other words, they
have a career, they have established friendships and communities, and
they likely already own their own home. However, this doesn’t mean
couples can’t still have serious issues later in marriage. For many
married couples, as the years go by, they grow apart rather than together.
Sometimes this happens because couples no longer have their kids in the
home to bring them together, or perhaps career changes or lifestyle choices
have altered their relationship. Whatever the case, if you have decided
to seek a divorce, make sure you know what to expect.
If you age going through a gray divorce, prepare yourself for the upcoming
process with these useful tips.
1. Consider Your Income
At the age of 50, you might feel as if your career is in its prime. Or,
you may be concerned about how you could start, or re-start, your career
at this age if you needed to gain your own source of income. Depending
on whether or not you were the main breadwinner in your household when
you were married, your income may determine whether you pay spousal support
or receive it. In either case, consider how your finances could be impacted
by a divorce.
2. Protect Your Retirement
Building a reliable retirement fund is essential, especially when you’re
over the age of 50. However, in a divorce, your retirement could be susceptible
to division. So, as you head into the divorce process, be sure to review
your retirement statements and find out how you can protect your assets.
3. Be Mindful of Your Children
For most couples in their 50’s or 60’s, their children are
likely already grown and living on their own. However, it is important
to consider how your children, whether they are 5 years old or 25, may
handle the news of your divorce. Think about how you will tell them about
your separation, and consider how this will impact their lives going forward.
Remember, just because they’re old enough to understand the implications
of divorce doesn’t necessarily mean it will be easy for them to handle.
4. Don’t Forget About Your Health
Going through a divorce can be very trying, not only emotionally, but physically
as well. As you begin the divorce process, be mindful of your own health.
Take care of your body by eating well, getting regular exercise, and getting
out in the fresh air whenever possible. Stress should never be taken lightly,
especially for those dealing with issues like high cholesterol or heart problems.
If you are going through a gray divorce, make sure you follow these tips,
and get any additional questions answered by an experienced family law attorney.
Contact the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny
today to discuss your case with our Houston family law lawyers.