Even those in a long-term marriage can find their relationship to be difficult and unhappy sometimes. Sometimes, a long-term marriage deteriorates so significantly that it eventually leads to divorce. The concept of couples in their 50s, 60s and beyond divorcing has been coined a “gray divorce,” and it is becoming increasingly common.
The American Bar Association reports that those aged 50 and over constitute 25% of all divorces. So, it is important to recognize the signs that may indicate your marriage is nearing a late-in-life divorce.
Red flags of a gray divorce
Conflicting interests is one reason many older couples cite as the reason for a divorce. As you age, your goals for your elder years may conflict significantly with those of your spouse. If one spouse wants to quietly enjoy retirement while the other spouse still feels they have a lot of life to live, it can cause discord in their marriage, especially if they are not spending much time together anymore.
Empty nest syndrome is another red flag of a late-in-life divorce. Many couples are so wrapped up in the day-to-day events that come with raising a child together, that once the child is grown and out of the house, they find they no longer have much in common with one another.
Divorce seems to be contagious sometimes. If you have numerous friends who have gone through a divorce, the negative stigma of divorce starts to lose its meaning. Once divorce seems like an acceptable option to end an unhappy marriage you may be more likely to seek one yourself.
Floridians seeking a divorce should understand the significance of such an act. Undoing a marriage takes time, during which you do not want to give up important rights in property division, alimony and other divorce issues. If you think a gray divorce is right for you, you can seek the assistance of a family law attorney who can advocate for your interests throughout the divorce process.