For generations, it was assumed in the United States that once a couple was married for 15, 20 or even 25 years that they were never going to encounter the possibility of a divorce. That belief had been generally backed up by statistics that revealed that the divorce rate for people over 50 years of age was quite low. However, as our culture continues to change with time, that norm is no longer applicable, as recent statistical surveys have shown that the divorce rate for people 50 and over has skyrocketed in recent years.
Below you will find a brief overview of the results of the statistical surveys that were completed with regards to the number of people 50 and over in the United States who have pursued divorces in recent years. You will also find a brief breakdown of some of the nuances that can be attached to these situations. Any husband who encounters a divorce at this age needs to obtain the help of San Diego men’s rights lawyers as soon as possible.
‘Gray’ Divorce – A Statistical Overview
The statistical surveys that have been done in recent years have basically been grouped together and given the label of ‘gray’ divorces. As stated above, the divorce rate for people 50 and over was relatively constant in the United States for generations. However, a look at the surveys overall reveal that during the past 20 years, the rate of divorce for people in this age group has more than doubled. This rise in this specific divorce rate within this demographic has come during a time when the divorce rate in the United States overall has fallen slightly.
There are several unique issues that can arise when people of this age decide to pursue a divorce. Generally speaking, any children of these marriages are already at the age of majority, which alleviates the need to deal with issues that include child custody, child visitation and child support. While avoiding these issues is a positive, there are other complications that can arise.
These complications generally involve the division of property as the couple moves to dissolve the marital estate. People who are older generally have a plan in place for retirement that can be severely impacted by a divorce. Retirement accounts, homes that are part of the estate and other issues such as possible spousal support if one spouse has not traditionally worked can quickly become intense sticking points. While these types of divorces are sometimes known as ‘paperwork’ divorces, this paperwork can take months if not years to complete if people are not sure of their rights.
If you are a member of this age group and you find yourself looking at the possibility of divorce, you need to seek the help of San Diego men’s rights lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of husbands for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.