Gray divorce is defined as marital dissolutions for partners 50 years old and older. After several decades in a long-term marriage or shorter second or third marriages, couples decided to go their separate ways.
People are living longer lives thanks to advances in modern medicine and changing views of what it is to approach senior status. Statistics bear out the trend. Researchers found that gray divorce doubled from 1990 to 2015. Projections see a tripling of older divorces by 2030.
The effects on older children
Many gray divorces have children who are older and at various stages in their lives. Others waited to have children who are younger and dealing with the emotional fallout of their parents’ splitting up. Healthy parenting is of paramount importance, particularly in the early days when the life-changing decision is still fresh in your kids’ minds.
Respect goes both ways, particularly when it comes to divorced parents. Putting the best interests of children may be an oft-used word, but should be the first priority. Parents must focus on a common goal. That starts with cooperation and open lines of communication.
A focus on family
The most challenging aspect of divorce is maintaining family unity. Even though a marriage ended, shared history continues. Preserving longtime family traditions such as holidays, trips, and family reunions. Being surrounded by family can provide a sense of comfort for children.
Grandparents should also model behavior when they are around their grandchildren with both staying on the same page to ensure that relationships are healthy and harmonious.
Gray divorce represents a quantum shift in marital relationships. The complexity of the dissolution process may require the help of an experienced family law attorney.