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Thoughts on divorce after the age of 50

Many Louisiana residents get close to retirement and begin taking a closer look at their lives and goals. For some, that examination reveals deep doubts about whether remaining married is the best way to enter the golden years of retirement. More and more people are seeking divorce after the age of 50. For some, there will be surprises along the way. 

One thing that many people don’t expect is the changes in their social circle that often accompany divorce. It is not uncommon for friends, even old friends, to become distant during and after a divorce. People sometimes have trouble relating to a friend when his or her marital status shifts. The best way to address this outcome is by getting out there and making new social connections. 

Another surprise for many is how liberating it is to be free of the compromise and give/take that defines most marriages. Being able to make one’s own decisions is a heady feeling. This may be the first time in decades that a spouse is able to choose where to live, how to set up that space and how the monthly budget is spent. Harness that excitement to make positive changes in all areas of life.

The best advice available for those in Louisiana who are preparing for a late-life divorce is to expect the unexpected. Even more importantly, be prepared to embrace changes as they arise. This a time of new horizons and renewed goal-setting, and should be approached as a positive experience. 

Source:, “Divorce after 50: What I wish I had known beforehand“, Claire Zulkey, Dec. 7, 2017


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