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Family law: Divorce especially difficult on older couples

There is never a time when divorce is easy, but it can be especially challenging for people who are in their 50s or older. Thankfully, Louisiana residents who find themselves in this kind of situation have some tools under family law which might help them get through what could otherwise be a painful process. This especially true since the divorce rate has nearly doubled since 1990 for those over the age of 50.

Many of these couples have spent most of their adult lives together and most have adult children and grandchildren. All these family members could feel the brunt of an older couple’s divorce. It also means, too, that each person has the support he or she needs while moving through life-changing circumstances. 

There may be an added financial toll on a couple who decides to divorce later in life. Transitioning from what is likely a two to one income situation may be difficult on each person and perhaps more on one than the other, especially if one spouse has not been working outside the home. Retirement may have to put on the back burner for a while in order to get finances in order.

Divorce later in life has its own set of problems. Getting the help of a Louisiana family law attorney is a good place for a person to start to sort out the situation. A lawyer can offer a number of solutions such as divorce mediation and can also help a client to source other help such as from financial planners or family counselors. Gray divorce doesn’t necessarily mean a gray life moving forward in new circumstances.


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