When you and your spouse got married at age 25 you looked forward to a lifetime together full of love and happiness. Now the two of you are 55 and the marriage isn’t going very well. The two of you decide to divorce.
These days, marriages in this middle-aged group end in divorce more often than any other age group. Couples no longer feel compelled to stay in an unhappy relationship. Researchers at Bowling Green State University in Ohio have dubbed this a “gray divorce revolution.”
Why is the gray divorce on the rise?
These are some of the reasons why gray divorce is on the rise:
- You’re both unhappy after spending 20-30 years together.
- Infidelity has damaged a previously strong marriage.
- Your children have grown and flown the nest, so you no longer have to stay together for their sake.
- One spouse finally tires of the verbal, mental, or physical abuse inflicted by the other spouse.
Even if you initiated it, going through a divorce is bound to be a stressful and challenging period in your life. You will probably experience a wide range of emotions ranging from relief to frustration. There will be changes to your social life as your friends and family pull away from your spouse and vice versa.
Taking care of yourself is very important when you are going through a divorce. The sudden disruption to your way of life can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. If you are not careful, you may find yourself lost to worry and anxiety as you try to reconcile finances and assets between the two of you.
Going through a gray divorce is challenging. That’s why it would benefit you to seek out experienced legal guidance.