By now, most people are familiar with the term “gray divorce,” attributed to people over 50 who have decided to end their marriages. Indeed, here in Connecticut — as across the nation — the trend of late-life divorce continues to grow. There are several reasons for this phenomenon, but whatever the reason, the importance of seeking support in any divorce remains consistent.
One of the primary considerations cited for the rising prevalence of gray divorce is life expectancy. As medical science and general health continues to progress, people are living considerably longer than they did 50 years ago. As such, many people are re-evaluating how they wish to spend the years and sometimes decades they can look forward to after retirement. For some, this means questioning whether their long-term marriage is worth continuing.
This is particularly true of women, according to some observers. In contrast to years and decades gone by, women enjoy a considerably stronger financial self-sufficiency, meaning they no longer have to consider as strongly the financial implications of leaving a marriage in time for retirement. This can have an impact on a couple’s decision to divorce even despite years spent together.
Of course, no divorce is without its unique issues. Gray divorce is simply another type of separation for a specific demographic, but thankfully there is support available here in Connecticut for those facing these issues. The specifics of a gray divorce can be challenging to navigate, and securing professional support can be a good first step on the road to each spouse’s happier golden years.
Source: wrvo.org, “Divorce later in life becoming more common”, May 7, 2016