What was once rare, the divorce rate for senior couples has dramatically increased. The divorce rate for those over the age of 50 is double what it was only 20 years ago. According to a 2004 AARP survey, 66% of "gray divorces" are instigated by women. Arthur Eric Klineberg, in his book, Going Solo: the extraordinary rise in surprising appeal of living alone, opines that 28% of Americans now live alone. Apparently, this is because, at least in part, because women can leave a bad marriage support themselves for the first time in history. A Boynton Beach relationship coach, Rosiland Sedecca , founder of the Child Centered Divorce Network, has said that "this is the first generation of women to say 'I don't have to sacrifice the rest of my life in a marriage that doesn't make me happy'".
Senior divorces often present issues that are not present in the divorces of younger spouses with and without children. With over four decades of experience representing clients from Boynton Beach to West Palm Beach, divorce attorney, Stephen J. Press has the knowledge and experience to counsel with you should you be thinking about a divorce. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
For seniors, there are rarely custody issues because the children are normally grown. However, senior divorce may entail issues of alimony, equitable distribution, complex and high asset divorce litigation and sometimes domestic violence. For most people, including seniors, the consequences of divorce make for often difficult financial planning. The post-divorce household living expenses may be much higher than simply half the expenses of their marital household. Also, divorcing seniors will be a lot of new legal documents i.e. Wills and trusts, living wills, powers of attorney and healthcare surrogate directives.Mediation
Because seniors have often accumulated substantial assets, mediation can be effective and cost saving when dividing marital assets and apportioning marital debts. At the law offices of Boynton Beach divorce attorney, Stephen J press, we understand the desirability to settle the mediation whenever possible. However, we are also highly experienced litigators and often paired to take a case to trial whenever necessary. Having substantial litigation experience often leads to successful mediation because the parties can more easily understand the benefits of settlementProtecting Assets
If divorce is contemplated, is good advice to immediately shut down all joint bank accounts and freeze joint credit cards. It can be beneficial for a spouse to put one half of a joint bank account into a separate account for living expenses while going through the divorce process.Temporary Relief
If a spouse is unemployed and with little or no assets at his or her disposal, it is possible to obtain a temporary order for alimony and attorney's fees while the divorce case is being litigated. For couples with children, temporary child support and custody can be obtained. In order to schedule a temporary relief hearing, the court requires the parties to go through mediation.Contact a Boynton Beach Divorce Attorney
At the law offices of Boynton Beach divorce attorney, Stephen J. Press we handle the full range of divorce and family law matters. We are dedicated to representing you with professional excellence. Please contact us at (561) 832-2772 or contact us online for a free consultation