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What Illinois baby boomers should know about divorce

When two people have been married for several years, it is quite natural for each of them to experience significant changes over that time. Sometimes these changes bring spouses closer together, but other times, people simply grow apart. 

With this in mind, it may not be that surprising to learn that the rate of divorce among baby boomers has increased significantly over the years. Couples over 50 who have been married for decades, purchased homes and raised children together are deciding to divorce and start a new chapter. The trend is so apparent that sources are referring to it as "gray divorce." 

There are many reasons that couples in Illinois and nationwide are deciding to divorce at this phase in their lives. Many of them have likely been in unsatisfying relationships for many years but have put off getting a divorce until their children are older and out of the house. Others are looking for opportunities to seek out personal satisfaction. And because people are living longer, some people have decided that they do not want to spend the rest of their lives with their spouse.

There are also many challenges that can come with a gray divorce. There may not be as many debates about child custody or support if the children are grown, but couples who have been married for a long time generally have to consider property and asset division as well as spousal support.

When it comes to ending a marriage, there may be very few factors that are black and white. No matter how old a couple is or how long they have been married, the process of getting divorced can be complicated and overwhelming. However, divorcing spouses can work with a family law attorney to pursue an amicable resolution through mediation, negotiation and compromise.

Source: The New York Times, "Divorce After 50 Grows More Common," Sam Roberts, Sept. 20, 2013

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