Divorce and the Over 50 Set

On September 20, 2013, the New York Times printed an article entitled: “Divorce After 50 Grows More Common.”  The article reveals that the divorce rate for Americans age 50 or older has doubled since 1990.  Now, 15.4 percent of that demographic is divorce and 2.1 percent is separated.   Cited reasons for this trend include the fact that people are living longer and healthier lives, women have more economic freedom and the stigma related to divorce has decreased.

People divorcing at an older age face similar challenges as the general divorcing population, including the emotional and financial impact of divorce.  While they are less likely to have minor children, they still have to divide assets, including retirement accounts, and debts.  Spousal maintenance issues are also common.

For the same reasons that divorce mediation is a great option for the general population, it is a great option for older individuals. It is an effective way to divorce without the cost, stress and uncertainty associated with litigation.  Many people who were married a long time also mediate to achieve their goal of ending their marriage with dignity and appropriate appreciation for all that their spouse contributed to their lives.

Alona M. Gottfried is a family law mediator and attorney in Arizona.  If you have questions about mediation, she can be reached at: 480-998-1500 or alona@sglawaz.com.  This is a general interest article only and is not intended to be legal advice.  See a legal professional before making legal decisions. 

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Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC
8160 E Butherus Dr, Suite #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 998-1500