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Divorce Over 50: Gray Divorce in Maryland

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More and more people are getting divorced later in life. This trend is referred to as divorce over 50 or the gray divorce. Divorce at any age is emotionally taxing and presents its own set of unique challenges. It would help if you had a divorce attorney that understands what you are going through.

If you are considering a divorce in Maryland, speak to an experienced family law attorney at Jimeno & Gray, PA. We have over 20 years of experience handling complex divorce cases and can guide you through the process.   

Reasons Underlying Divorce over 50

Even long-term marriages are subject to strains on the relationship. As lifestyles change with age, divorce over age 50 is becoming more commonplace. As with a union of any age, they are subject to the following strains on their marriage that may lead to divorce:

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Infidelity
  • Change in life goals

As spouses age, they suddenly find themselves spending more and more time together. This increased time together occurs on the heels of a lifetime of raising children, grandchildren, and work. This can be a jarring adjustment and may reveal problems in the relationship that were previously unknown. 

Whatever the cause for the increase in divorce over 50, the parties must resolve several important considerations. The first step is to contact the experienced family law lawyers at Jimeno & Gray.   

Common Issues in Gray Divorce 

Many assume that gray divorce cases are more straightforward because these cases do not typically involve child custody and visitation. The children of these marriages are likely already adults. While this may be correct, spouses must address critical issues other than custody within the family, including the following:

  • Even adult children are likely to experience a range of conflicting emotions and may need support.
  • The divorcing couple must develop a practical, workable plan for handling special occasions.

Moreover, even though custody and visitation may not be an issue, other important matters become paramount. For example, the longer a marriage lasts, the more financial untangling of accounts is required. 

You must consider how a divorce would impact your financial independence, including the following:

  • Living costs, including healthcare, housing, food, and other related expenses of daily life
  • Retirement accounts
  • Social Security accounts
  • Alimony or support payments

Retirement may need to be delayed or ended to afford the cost of living alone. In many cases, assets must be sold off and divided.

Before you proceed, gathering information and understanding your options is important. To do so, schedule a free 15-minute introductory call with a member of the family law team at Jimeno & Gray, PA. 

Contact the Experienced Divorce Attorneys at Jimeno & Gray in Maryland

Divorce at any age presents emotional and financial upheaval. Divorce over 50, gray divorce, offers unique considerations and approaches. Our experienced, compassionate family law attorneys will take the time to understand your situation and develop a legal strategy aimed at achieving the results you want. Call our Glen Burnie, Maryland office at 443-249-7185 and schedule your 15-minute phone introduction.