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The rise of "gray divorce"

Recently, residents of Georgia and the rest of the United States have witnessed the progression of a broadening trend called "gray divorce." This term is typically applied when a person gets divorced after their 50th birthday. Although the nation's overall divorce rate has declined in the past two decades, gray divorce is unquestionably on the rise. Considering how the social stigma surrounding divorce has greatly diminished, it may seem natural that spouses in the older demographic would increasingly go their separate ways.

When a financial dispute leads an older couple to divorce, the divorce is more likely to be a high-asset divorce. If considerable resources are in play, property division and spousal support questions can take on unprecedented urgency. Depending on how alimony or spousal support disputes are resolved, spouses can see their personal standards of living greatly reduced. However court proceedings play out, the end of a long-lasting marriage can make one or both spouses feel aggrieved and betrayed.

Gray divorces often lack many of the hot-button issues of younger couples; child support and child custody issues are far less common when older couples split up. Only when older couples share custody over dependent grandchildren do issues like these become deeply relevant. In these cases, spouses may wrangle over visitation plans, parenting time and parental relocation issues.

Divorce legal issues can cause emotions to run high. When seeking post-divorce modifications to prenuptial agreements, spouses are often shocked to find that their divorce judge has great leeway in rejecting parts of their modification. Facing such a situation, a spouse might contact a qualified attorney to learn more about how to successfully push for an agreement modification. Although the ultimate outcome of every divorce is uncertain, a spouse with legal representation may potentially improve their financial prospects for the future.

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