1 in 4 Older Couples Now Divorcing

1 in 4 Older Couples Now Divorcing
All relationships will have problems, but there are couples that hang on just because of children or financial security. They may even be relatively happy. But after a lifetime of work and the children are all raised, sometimes a member of the couple may reassess why they are still in the relationship. That can lead to a so-called “grey divorce.”

They are becoming quite popular in the Boomer generation, a group that saw the first major increase in divorces when the social stigma began to fall away. In 1990, only 1 in 10 divorced couples were 50 years or older. In 2010, it’s now 1 in 4. Part of the reason is increased quality of life and longer lifespans. If the glue for the marriage has faded, the relationship may naturally fall apart.

However, divorcing at an older age raises very important questions about retirement assets, social security, disability payments, and other financial issues. If you are older and are considering a divorce, you need to speak with a financial advisor as well as an experienced family lawyer to avoid putting yourself into penury after the divorce.

If you live in Washington and are seeking divorce advice, the people to call are the lawyers at Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC. No matter what your divorce situation, we can give you the advice you need and the structures necessary to mediate, collaborate, or take your spouse to court. Read our website or call us for more information.


Subscribe to our newsletters

Subscribe to one or more of our newsletters, delivering meaningful insight on topics that matter to you and your family.
ebl home subscribe image


Latest Blog Posts

Not sweating the small stuff is even more important during separation than it is at other times to have an amicable divorce.

Many people delay estate planning because facing sickness and death can be uncomfortable. However, preparation is necessary to have your wishes honored as you intend. With this in mind, consider the following suggestions to stay focused on these estate planning goals.

The thought of how to approach your partner for a divorce can be stressful, even if you believe they will take the news "well.” The upside is there are ways to communicate your intentions that can minimize the uncomfortable feelings you are experiencing while helping to make the conversation go more smoothly.

Probate in Washington state is relatively straightforward, especially with the guidance of a Seattle estate planning attorney at your side. Here is what you need to know.

Unsure where to begin gathering the foundation you need to go through the divorce process with confidence and well-prepared? Consider the following 10 tips to prepare for divorce.

Everyone who has anyone in their life needs an estate plan, even people who own little or no property.

A common question about legal fees is why they are so high. The following article details what is built into legal fees and explains their cost.

Gifting an estate plan is an act of love because an estate plan goes far beyond material possessions, addressing the emotional, practical, and long-term well-being of your loved ones.

Prenuptial agreements (also known as prenups) can play a pivotal role in safeguarding individual spousal rights in the event of divorce and can also strengthen a marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be tricky for single parents, maybe even you. Unpartnered, at least for the time being, you might not foresee your plans fitting into conventional images of the holiday. But that doesn’t have to be. Valentine’s Day, when you’re single, can be more than a day you need to survive. It can be a day to look forward to.