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Family law tackles grey divorce

More and more, the life expectancy of the average Canadian is extending. For some British Columbia residents, this means a solid 25 years of retirement to spend with a long-standing spouse. However, family law experts are finding that more and more people over the age of 65 are choosing to go the route of divorce rather than spend another two decades in a marriage that does not make them happy. 

The phenomenon is commonly referred to as grey divorce, and it is becoming more prevalent by the day. There are a number of reasons why this might be: apart from the aforementioned life expectancy, the women of the baby boomer generation were the first to actively pursue full-time employment. This means those women may be in a better financial position to opt for a divorce than their mothers, who were more reliant upon their husbands for financial stability. 

Additionally, the question of children is largely removed from the equation for grey divorcees. While adult children still feel the impact of their parents' divorce, child custody and support are not issues faced by most older people ending a marriage. Ultimately, older people are divorcing for the same reason younger people do: because they want to be happier. 

Of course, family law is a complicated practice and divorce is not an easy road. Luckily, British Columbia residents are presented with a variety of support for divorcees of any age, from young people through to grey divorce. Seeking the support of experienced attorneys in settling a divorce can expedite the process, allowing both parties to move forward into their golden years happier and healthier. 

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Gray divorce: Why your grandparents are finally calling it quits", Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett, Sept. 28, 2016

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