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What is gray divorce?

Being married to the same person for decades is the dream of most newlyweds. However, long-term married couples also experience marital issues, and in some cases, they choose to divorce when these issues are too profound to deal with. Psychology Today explains gray divorce and how many people have misconceptions when older people elect to dissolve their marriages.

Gray divorce is often associated with a mid-life crisis. According to the cliche, one spouse, usually the man, feels resentment about lost youth and wants to seek out new, exciting opportunities. While this situation has occurred to many people, gray divorce is often more complex than that. For many, the problems that led to the divorce began decades before, but spouses pushed them aside while raising kids and going through other life milestones.

A couple’s financial status also plays a role in gray divorce. Often, those who are financially unstable are more prone to divorce at older ages. While the exact reason for this is unknown, it’s thought that more affluent couples believe they have more to lose when going through a divorce when it comes to asset division. These couples may also be able to access assistance with their marriages, such as counseling, that others lack due to their decreased financial status.

While divorce is difficult no matter the age, it can often be beneficial to both parties. Being in a bad marriage creates quite a bit of stress and heartache, which can have physical effects. Divorce can also be healthier for both parties, as well as allow them to forge strong relationships with other family members. If you’re considering divorce, it’s best to contact an experienced attorney to fully explore your options.