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Why “gray divorce” is booming

by Dinnebier & Demmerle on December 11, 2014

Gray divorce“Gray divorce” is a term that came into use n the early 21st century.  It refers to divorce among people aged 50 and over. Books and studies on the subject have been published, and according to the AARP, the rate of 50+ divorces appears to be increasing. Is grey divorce simply a function of the Baby Boomer generation getting older? Or is there more to this phenomenon?

Generally speaking, there are many reasons that people divorce. Similarly, people stay together for many reasons. Over a generation or two, values change, cultural norms change, and incomes change.

Today, Baby Boomers are a substantial portion of the American population. An older married couple has likely amassed substantial assets.  One or both spouses may have retired.  Their children are grown and the couple may be “empty nesters.” Statistically, people are living longer as well, so the prospect of remaining in an unsatisfactory marriage may be a call to action for some spouses. And there is also the infidelity factor, which can affect or destroy a marriage at any point, whatever the spouses’ ages. Gray divorce can also be a result of other sociological, demographic, and economic factors, all of which may contribute to older couples choosing to divorce.

The prospect of ending a marriage when partners are over 50 can be daunting. A lifetime’s worth of marital assets can be a challenge to settle amicably.  We believe that, perhaps more than ever, the advice and counsel of an experienced family law attorney can be a necessity. California is a community property state with strictly defined laws regarding assets, but that does not preclude the possibility of conflict, disagreements, or even “gray areas” regarding who is entitled to what assets.

The content of this blog is intended not as legal advice, but only for information and/or discussion purposes. Should you have questions or concerns about how California family law may apply to you, you may wish to consult a knowledgeable family law attorney. 

As Orange County’s premier family law specialists, the attorneys at Dinnebier & Demmerle can provide answers to your questions and concerns, clarify and establish your legal rights, and represent you in court. If you would like more information about divorce, dividing marital assets, or any other aspect of California family law, please call to set up a consultation. We’re ready to move forward when you are. Just contact us in Tustin at 714-838-1099.

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