For Michigan couples, a divorce could occur at any point during their lives. While it used to be less common, more individuals are filing for divorce after reaching the age of 50 or older, with divorce rates of older people doubling between 1990 and 2010. While some of those individuals are on their second or third marriage, approximately half are still on their first marriage. For those who are in the process of divorcing their spouse and are 50 years or older, there are certain things that should be known.
First, one spouse will most likely be granted alimony and half the retirement fund if the marriage lasted a long time. This is because it can be difficult for those who are past the retirement age to seek work, especially if they did not work during their marriage. Additionally, it should be noted that while child support and visitation may not be at play, former spouses may need to come to an agreement regarding any financial support they were providing.
Financial issues are not the only things that older individuals should consider. Family law and divorce professionals suggest that divorcing spouses should try to keep the discussion as civil as possible. Being amicable can keep the case moving, though former spouses do not necessarily have to be best friends. Finally, it is recommended that seniors should continue to meet new people and have some social interactions, but should not start dating before the divorce is final.
For many older individuals who have spent years obtaining certain financial assets and property, the property division stage of a divorce can be particularly difficult. A family law attorney may assist with negotiating how any marital property will be divided between the two parties and help ensure that their client receives the property that they may be entitled to.