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Could gray divorce help California residents regain happiness?

It is not unusual for individuals to stay in unhappy marriages for a considerable amount of time. If parties have children, they may think that staying married is the best route for ensuring that their kids are not adversely affected by divorce. As a result, some California residents may find themselves feeling as if they have lost part of themselves over the years. In the end, once the children are grown and gone, some older parties may choose to end the marriage and start again.

Though the idea of ending a long-term, unhappy marriage can feel freeing, it can also prove frightening. One woman in another state gave her account of getting divorced after 52 years of marriage, and she stated that she was not sure what she was going to do in her life as a single person. Though she thought she would endure the relationship for "the long haul," she did state that she regretted not leaving her husband sooner.

Indeed, many individuals can feel this way after years of lackluster relationships. A 62-year-old woman stated that she was initially taken aback by her husband's request for divorce after 21 years, but later, she found the situation liberating. She also stated that this divorce was much easier than her first, which took place when she was in her 20s.

As these situations show, anyone of any age can feel the desire to gain a fresh start in life in hopes of regaining some lost happiness. For some older California residents, choosing to divorce may be the route that helps them do so. In order to better understand their options and what issues could potentially come along with gray divorce, interested parties may wish to discuss their concerns with knowledgeable attorneys.

Source:, "This is what divorce looks like after 50 years of marriage", Doree Lewak, June 14, 2017

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