In the last 25 years, the divorce rate for couples over the age of 50 has doubled. Some marriage experts believe this is due to the increase in life expectancy. These older age divorces are slightly different from your typical divorce since they have additional risks and considerations. If you or someone you know is going through a gray divorce, it’s important that they know how to prepare and will be financially safe when they’re on their own.
Understanding The Risks of Gray Divorce
No matter what type of divorce it is, they’re all going to be financially, emotionally, and mentally taxing. These issues are even more emphasized later in life as the risk of entering divorce-induced poverty is much higher. This risk is higher for older couples due to the fact that they could’ve been out of the workforce for some time. Additionally, women, who are known to live longer than men, may experience even deeper poverty if they don’t take the correct precautions during the divorce process.
Prepare Your Finances
In the state of Florida, all of the marital property will go into what is known as the marital estate. This is a collection of homes, bank accounts, retirement assets, vacation homes, vehicles, and more. These items are typically split and distributed equally among the divorcing parties. Before this step can happen, you and your spouse will have to know who owns what property. For those who don’t have full control over finances, this can seem like a daunting task. There’s also the risk of assets disappearing altogether. Your attorney will thankfully guide you through this process. For now, take the time to gather all the financial information you can.
Planning for the Future
Most couples who go through the gray divorce process will decide who gets to keep the house and other valuable assets. These couples often have time to recover due to the tax implications of keeping certain assets. An older individual may not have the physical capacity to maintain the home they are in. For these reasons, it’s important to not only consider finances and assets, but also things like time, energy, and cash flow to maintain any assets you plan on keeping.
It’s also a good strategy to try and clear your mind about the divorce process. It’s easy to let emotions take over due to the dissolution of your marriage, home, health, and financial problems. These emotions can make it more difficult to effectively plan your future.
Legal Representation for Your Gray Divorce
Yaffa Family Law Group understands the different complexities you’ll face while going through the gray divorce process. We are ready to help you transition to this new chapter of your life. We’re dedicated to making sure your financial future and best interests are taken care of. If you need help with your gray divorce, we can help. Head over to our contact page today to get started today.