A changing trend in American marriages is that the rate of divorces among couples over the age of 50 is on the rise. A variety of reasons are contributing to this change, but regardless of how empowered older individuals might feel, going through divorce later in life is much different than what younger generations might experience.
For starters, the challenge of re-establishing one's life after a divorce takes many forms, including financial, social and emotional. Spouses who were once looking fondly toward retirement may now be forced to put those plans on hold in order to rebuild financial security. Washington divorcees may also have to find new friends outside of the ones they've shared with their former spouse for decades.
Many individuals who have recently gone through a divorce can greatly benefit from having a support system around them. The most tangible of these support structures is a financial expert who can provide insight into your exact financial situation, give clear feedback on what you can expect, and help you plan out a successful future.
It's also important to identify friends and family members you can lean on during these tough times. Parents, siblings, children and friends who you don't need to share with your ex can all help you process your emotions and arrive at a comfortable place.
The other important consideration is to remember that comfort and happiness take time to achieve. Don't rush yourself, and don't go hard on yourself if you struggle to adapt to a divorce. If you have been married for decades, it is going to take a while to learn how to function at your best as a single person.
Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Over 50," MaryEllen Linnehan, May 7, 2012