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Naperville divorce over 50 lawyersThere are very few, if any, life situations that could be called “easy” when it comes to divorce. When it comes to gray divorce, that is, divorce involving one or more people who are over the age of 50, things are never easy on any level. According to Bloomberg, one study reported that adults who divorced who were over the age of 50 reported higher levels of depression than those whose spouses had died. However, the financial impact of a gray divorce seems to be even more significant, perhaps even more significant than previously thought. Research also shows that adults over the age of 50 can also expect to lose at least 50 percent of their wealth when they divorce. The years of your life during a gray divorce can be rather fragile when it comes to finances, so working with a divorce attorney is highly recommended.

Wealth and Income Can Be Affected Greatly

When you get a divorce, you and your spouse must divide all of your assets and debts. It only makes sense to assume that your standard of living is going to decrease somewhat. Previous studies have shown that younger adult men typically see a negligible effect on their standard of living, while younger adult women typically see around a 20 percent drop in their standard of living. Adults over the age of 50, however, see much more significant decreases. Older women usually see a decrease of 45 percent in their standard of living, while older men see a decrease of around 21 percent.

Women Face Greater Financial Risk

While all older adults face financial risk when they get a divorce, studies show that women, in particular, can suffer. Women who are aged 63 and older who have gone through a gray divorce face a poverty rate of around 27 percent. This is in comparison to men who have gone through a gray divorce, who have a poverty rate around 11 percent and couples who are married or remarried after divorce who have a poverty rate around three percent.

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Naperville divorce lawyerThe divorce rate seems to have somewhat stabilized in recent decades, and it might even be falling, but nearly a million marriages in the U.S. end in divorce each year. While some people might give up on the idea of being happy in a marriage after their divorce, many others are willing to give love a second chance—including a significant number of those who are in their 50s and beyond. Recent studies indicate that a full 40 percent of all marriages include at least one spouse who was married previously, and 20 percent involve both partners getting married again. In fact, a Pew Research Center study suggested that about 60 percent of American divorced and widowed people will remarry at least once.

Possible Legal Issues

Remarriage can offer you a chance at marital happiness, but there are many legal concerns that can affect a second or third marriage more substantially than they might affect a first marriage, especially if you are getting remarried later in life. A skilled family lawyer can help you and your new spouse be aware of such considerations so that they do not become bigger issues:

  • Termination of Maintenance: Many older divorces include an order of alimony—called maintenance in Illinois. If your former spouse is paying your maintenance each month, your remarriage will terminate your ex’s responsibility for such payments. The court could even end the payments if you move in with your new partner prior to getting married.

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