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In some cases, divorce is easier for older couples

As couples grow older, the divorce process can be easier to bear.

In recent years, social scientists and others who study the rate of divorce in the U.S. have noticed a trend: more and more adults over the age of 50 are making the decision to split from their spouses. Although the decision to divorce is rarely easy for anyone of any age, some experts have suggested that divorcing later in life can present significant challenges. While this may be true in some cases, others have said that divorcing later in life actually makes the process much easier.

In many divorces, some of the most pressing and contentious issues have to do with children. Indeed, it is not uncommon for couples to become hung up on questions like: with whom will the children live? Will one spouse have to pay child support? Will the children have to change schools? When divorcing later in life, these questions do not commonly arise simply because, in most cases, couples' children are fully grown and living on their own. This allows the couple to focus their attention in the divorce proceedings on their own needs.

In addition to questions regarding child custody and living arrangements, one common concern for divorcing couples is who gets to keep the marital home. Often times, disagreements about this issue are tied to questions of living arrangements and educational options for children. For many older couples, coming to an agreement about a marital home is much easier. In many cases, both spouses agree that they are ready to downsize and may want to move from a suburban environment to a more central location.

Of course, divorcing later in life does present some difficulties. For example, in some cases, it can be difficult to decide how to divide certain retirement assets. The decision to divorce, too, can sometimes require a reevaluation of retirement plans. While these issues may be more pressing for older couples, they are in no way insurmountable.

The reality is that divorce can be a liberating experience for individuals of all ages. More than anything else, it can present the opportunity to reconnect with friends, revisit forgotten hobbies and start the next chapter of your life on your own terms. Those who are considering whether to file for divorce should schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney. A family law attorney can explain the divorce process, provide an idea of what to expect and help you decide what to do next. Speak to a family law attorney today to learn more.

Keywords: Divorce