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Advice for those over age 50 going through a divorce

When a Texas marriage ends, the ex-spouses are likely to experience a range of emotions while working through the details. Those feelings may be heightened for couples over the age of 50 who are going through the divorce process, since they had been married for a longer period of time. Some older individuals who have gone through a so-called "gray divorce" have offered some perspective on their major life events.

Some parents were surprised to learn that their divorce had a greater impact on the older children who were living on their own than on the children still at home. This could occur because the children at home get to see the parents moving on and coping in their individual lives, unlike the older siblings who have little opportunity to witness the new dynamics. Others feel that they are not adequately prepared to enter the workforce after being away from it for a while. It is important to make sure that spousal support, property division and other financial decisions are made to protect the spouse who may have just started to work again.

There can also be potential feelings of loneliness following a divorce. Though the split is ultimately the best decision for someone, suddenly living alone may be unsettling. In other situations, some find that friends of the couple don't always remain friends of the individual ex-spouses. In both these scenarios, experts recommend being proactive in broadening one's social horizons. Becoming a volunteer or joining singles' groups can keep someone connected with others while in transition.

Even with some possible concerns, an overriding sentient regarding divorce was that it is a liberating experience. Being solely responsible for decision making may be daunting. However, it can create a feeling of accomplishment.

There are many issues to address when going through a Texas divorce. An experienced divorce attorney can help someone navigate through the complex legal process. A knowledgeable lawyer will work with clients to achieve an outcome in the proceedings that protect their best interests currently as well as in the future.

Source: marketwatch.com, "Divorce after 50: What I wish I had known beforehand", Claire Zulkey, Dec. 6, 2017

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