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What are the long-term consequences of a gray divorce?

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2022 | Family Law

To some people (especially those on the outside looking in), a gray divorce seems no different than any other type of divorce. The term, “gray divorce” refers to people who divorce over age 50.

The children of couples in that age bracket are usually grown and often living out of the house. Many of those children have children of their own as well.

The dynamic between the grown children and the older parents who are splitting up is generally different from children who depend on their parents financially and emotionally. The adult children get their support from their own families, so the support that they give to their parents during such trying times is very different from what it would be if the children were dependent on their parents.

What is the dynamic between the divorcing parents and their grown children? 

In a gray divorce, the couple doesn’t have to be concerned about child support, custody and arguments over visitation. Many of the most highly charged emotions have already been worked out and the decision to divorce is purely based on those two people. There is less need to consider how the children will be affected and how the decision will upset their lives.

Sound advice from an experienced Virginia divorce attorney

If you and your spouse have decided to get divorced and you are at the beginning of the process, the expertise of a Richmond, Virginia, divorce attorney may make a great deal of difference to your experience. Your attorney can educate you on the process that you need to follow and can ensure that your rights are protected. The attorney can help you to achieve what you want when all is said and done.