Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Divorce can happen at any age

Divorce is an emotionally, and often times financially, stressful time in a person's life, and no one should have to go through it alone. Some of the stress brought on by filing for divorce can be alleviated by having a carefully crafted plan for getting through the difficult times--particularly for people who have been married for years and never thought a divorce could happen to them.

While overall divorce rates have stabilized in the U.S. in recent years, studies show that there has been an upward spike among the elderly population. In the last 20 years alone, the boomer generation has seen a 50 percent increase in divorce.

The trend being referred to as "gray divorce" is more common than ever before. No matter what age a person is, or how long two people have been together, a divorce is sometimes inevitable. Reports have shown that even in their old age, elderly couples are filing for divorce simply because the pair believes to be at different stages in life--something perhaps previously encountered only by younger couples.

Stressful situations may also play a part in older people deciding to divorce. Diminished finances, children growing up and moving away, and unplanned returns to work can make what had been a stable relationship untenable.

Elderly couples get divorced for the same reasons as young couples, and the important thing for people to understand is that you are not alone. Divorce mediators and even attorneys can provide assistance to help people get through a transition phase in their lives.

Source:, "Gray Divorce Is New Trend," Dale Hutchings, Oct. 23, 2012

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