Though it is not a technical term, “gray divorce” is often used when people who are 50 years old or older decide to get divorced. It is something that used to be rather uncommon, and may even now come as a surprise. If a couple has been together for decades, friends and family may assume they’ll never get divorced — even when that’s actually what both of them want.
What we do know is that gray divorce is not just popular, but on the rise. Other age groups may have seen a decline in their divorce rates, but couples in their 50s and 60s are splitting up more often.
Why does it happen?
The reasons that gray divorce happens are many. For some, financial issues strike and couples want to seek new relationships and security before retiring. For others, they just feel like they’ve grown apart. Several decades is a long time to be married. They may not feel the same way that they used to about one another.
It is also important to consider shifting opinions on divorce. Today, society is very open to it and most people know many divorced couples. It’s just part of life. It wasn’t always that way, though. Couples who wanted to get divorced decades ago may have felt like they shouldn’t, but now they feel empowered to seek the life they want.
If you are facing a gray divorce, you have a lot of financial decisions to make and a lot on the line. You must understand your legal options at this time. An experienced family law attorney can help.