The Beetles sang, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”
Increasingly, the answer is “No” for many couples. This fact is based on gray divorce statistics. US News reported in 2015 that the rate of seniors over the age of 50, divorcing between 1990 and 2010, has doubled.
How do seniors rank divorce in comparison to other emotionally draining events? An Article published by AARP points out that people who are age 40 and older feel divorce is:
More emotionally devastating than losing a job
About equal to going through a major illness
A little less devastating than a spouse’s death
As lawyers, we handle the dry, legal aspects of divorce. However, we also realize that many couples have spent long marriages together, and divorce is a stressful emotional challenge, not to mention a life-changing transition.
Attorneys may be good listeners but are not in the business of counseling how to overcome emotional challenges related to divorce. Yet, we care about you and would like to provide you with some possible resources.
Amazon lists a variety of books that men and women going through divorce may find helpful. These books may also be useful for divorcing individuals of any age:
Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life
Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends
The Good Divorce
Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing
He’s History, You’re Not: Surviving Divorce After 40
At C.E. Borman & Associates, we realize divorce is difficult and do our best to help you achieve your goals and make the legal aspects of divorce go as smoothly as possible.