More and more Americans over the age of 50 are choosing the “gray divorce” option in ending long-term marriages once children are grown and out of the family home. Gray divorce is on the rise here in Connecticut, as across the nation, but it is giving rise to its own unique divorce issues at the same time. It is important for both spouses to understand what is involved in a gray divorce, or any divorce choice they choose to make, in advance of filing.
For people approaching retirement age, it can sometimes be difficult to move on from a marriage that lasted decades and ended only recently. There are fewer venues for individuals who are leaving the working world to meet new people, and while gray divorce is becoming more common, it is still certainly not the norm for baby boomers. This can make it difficult to even take the step to consider a divorce in the first place.
However, many couples report an increase in happiness following a divorce, even one late in life. Retirement age is intended to be a deserved break after a lifetime of work, and people are choosing more and more to share those years with someone who may not be their original spouse. Ultimately, the decision to divorce may be based on many factors, but it may be the best option for both individuals.
Gray divorce is still a relatively new phenomenon, and doubtless more divorce issues related to this decision will continue to appear. However, as some Connecticut residents can attest, the decision to divorce can be a profoundly positive life change. For baby boomers and others, it can lead both parties to a happier and more fulfilling life.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Considering A Gray Divorce? Here Are Some Pros And Cons”, Barry Gold, Sept. 4, 2015