Divorce among the elderly used to be relatively rare. Although the elderly still divorce at a far lower rate than young and middle-aged couples, many older people are deciding that they do not have to stay in unhappy marriages. Divorcing late in life brings with it many challenges, but it can also lead to exciting new opportunities.
Reasons for Elderly Divorce
It is never too late to start fresh. People have divorced while in their 70s, 80s, even 90s. There are many reasons why an older couple might seek a divorce. These may include:
- The relationship may be physically or emotionally abusive
- Lifestyles and interests often change when people retire and may have become incompatible
- A spouse may find a new romance with an extramarital partner
In some cases, love may simply have ended. Any of these are valid reasons to seek a divorce late in life.
Additional Concerns Associated with Elderly Divorce
Typically, elderly couples have more joint assets than younger couples. They sometimes have substantial joint finances if they have a pension or a retirement nest egg. Older couples usually share ownership of any real estate. For these reasons, it is important to have legal assistance during the divorce process to determine the division of assets.
For many older couples, divorce is not so much an ending as a new beginning. Divorce may free partners to pursue the lifestyle they have always wanted to live. Divorce can free spouses to pursue new relationships. Many elderly divorcees experience a renewed love of life after the end of an unhappy marriage.
If you are a senior citizen who is contemplating a divorce, contact the Oceanside divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, at (760) 621-7101. We may be able to help you take this important step toward the next phase of your life.