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Divorce for those 50 and older is a growing trend

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2020 | Divorce |

When people living in Arizona choose to get a divorce, there are many issues to be addressed. This is true at any age. For people who are part of a demographic that is increasingly getting divorced – those 50 and older – there are specific issues such as property division.

These are called ‘gray” divorces. While most age groups have seen a reduction in divorce, people 50 and older are bucking that trend. In the 20 years from 1990 to 2010, the number of people in that age group who got a divorce doubled. Experts say that variables play a major factor in gray divorce. It is one of the two parts of life when divorce is frequent. That includes people who have been married for about 20 years and those who are in the first seven years of their marriage.

Older people may experience emotional disconnect. The realization that life is finite and they should be happy for the latter part of it makes them more willing to end a marriage. The stigma surrounding divorce has also decreased substantially. Of course, working on the marriage before ending it is possible. Depending on the reasons for the divorce, it might even be successful. Experts say there are soft and hard reasons people get divorced. A soft reason could be a lost spark and no communication. A hard reason is an abusive spouse or unfaithfulness.

For those getting a gray divorce, property issues including retirement accounts, homes and more will come to the forefront. It is important to remember that Arizona is a community property state meaning that what was acquired during the marriage could be split in half. To make sure to be fully protected in a divorce, it may be beneficial to have legal advice from the start.