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DuPage County gray divorce attorney

Divorce after 50 presents itself with all sorts of new challenges, including fear of the unknowns in your life, like how you will achieve your dreams now, what will happen with your retirement, how you will make ends meet on a fixed income without your spouse, if you will have to work until you die, or if you will ever fall in love again. While all of these are valid and warranted concerns, there are ways to not only survive but thrive after your gray divorce. Here are some tips to get you started. Who knows? Maybe you will lead an even better life after your gray divorce than you did the 50 years prior.

4 Steps to Surviving a Gray Divorce

Over the last three decades, gray divorce rates have nearly doubled. This all-too-common type of divorce might seem daunting, but ultimately it is for the best—and you can make both your lives better if you are willing and able. But the first goal is survival. There are numerous ways to get through a gray divorce, but four key steps are:

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Dupage County spousal support attorney

Contrary to common belief, even if you and/or your ex-spouse are retired or will retire soon, spousal maintenance (alimony) payments will not automatically stop in Illinois. Depending on the circumstances and the obligations set forth in your divorce decree, the payor might still be required to continue making spousal support payments long after retirement. Here is a closer look at the different scenarios you might face with regard to spousal maintenance after retirement:

Spousal Support as a Retiree

Regardless of whether you are the paying spouse or the receiving spouse, there are essentially three things that could happen to spousal maintenance payments upon retirement:

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