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Why Couples Over 50 Are Divorcing

Evidence shows humans are living longer lives today than any other generation before. According to a recent census statistic, the average lifespan of a man is about 77 years, while women are living upwards of 84-years-old. As more people begin living active, healthy lifestyles well into their 70’s, it only makes sense that couples married for 25+ years start to reevaluate their marriage. Below are some of the common reasons our Ocala divorce lawyers hear couples married for a quarter century or more are getting divorced.

Need for Independence

Women are most often the one to seek divorce in a couple who has been married for over twenty years. After the children grow up and leave the house, many women decide to go back into the workforce. As they become more financially stable, the prospect of leaving an already unhappy marriage becomes less stressful because they can support themselves. With their newfound financial independence and statistical chances of living longer than any generation before, the prospect of leaving in pursuit of personal happiness and fulfillment, becomes easier.

The Children Have All Moved Out

Many marriages are stabilized by raising children. Spouses assume the role of parent and entirely shed the responsibilities they have to their spouse. For some married couples, their entire relationship revolved around raising children. With the children gone their relationship can quickly become unfocused and unbalanced. If both spouses continue to feel unfulfilled, they might soon look for romantic pursuits outside the relationship.

Struggles Adjusting to Retired Life

After a lifetime of working upwards of eight hours a day at the office and the responsibilities of raising children, couples entering retirement together may find their interests and values have changed. These changes can make it difficult for spouses who may have spent the last 30 years preoccupied with their career and family goals to discuss how they have changed as individuals. Couples married for long periods of time may find that once retired; they do not like spending too much time with their spouse.

Retired and Thinking of Divorce?

Whether you are retired, married for 20+ years or are simply unhappy in a marriage after 50, our Ocala divorce lawyer has extensive experience handling grey divorces. Couples divorcing after many years of marriage tend to need the most knowledgeable family law attorneys as their cases often involve a great deal of asset management, financial planning, and estate planning. The legal team at Anne E. Raduns, PA is committed to providing affordable, realistic solutions to those considering divorce well into their fifties and beyond.

Speak with an Ocala divorce attorney today