Your Advocate For Divorce After A Long-Term Marriage

For married couples over age 50, the world is a different place than when they first exchanged vows. Divorce no longer carries the sharp stigma it once did. Many women who were homemakers in past decades now find themselves self-sufficient professionals. The kids are grown up and living on their own.

A combination of these factors has led to a significant increase in divorces among long-married couples (sometimes called "late-life divorce" or "gray divorce") in recent years.

At Chvatal Law in Richland, we are experienced divorce lawyers sensitive to the needs of clients facing divorce at any age. We are here to help you start this new chapter of your life so you can get maximum enjoyment from the years ahead.

Are You Facing Divorce After 50?

While the legal aspects of divorce do not change based on your age, divorce for older couples does carry some unique considerations, including:

  • Splitting retirement savings: In Washington, income and assets acquired during the course of the marriage are considered community property and subject to division upon divorce. This includes 401(k)s, IRAs, pensions and other retirement benefits you and/or your spouse have built up over the years. A late-life divorce may leave you with a less comfortable retirement than you anticipated, but our lawyers can help you explore your legal and financial options for maximizing your savings.

  • Spousal support: Length of marriage is one of the key considerations in determining spousal support (alimony) in Washington. In many late-life divorces, one spouse has missed out on training, education and career development to focus on maintaining the household. In such a situation, it may be appropriate for the court to award long-term alimony.
  • Keeping the family home: It is natural to want to keep the home where you spent most of your life, but remember, you will have to give up something else. Our property division attorneys can help you explore your options so you can make decisions and determine your priorities for building your financial future.

There are many other issues to consider, including Social Security, health insurance, life insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and estate planning. We have helped numerous clients facing divorce over age 50, and we can help you make the right decisions going forward.

Talk To A Lawyer Who Understands Your Needs

Our attorneys understand the unique issues in divorces ending long-term marriages. We can provide you with the guidance and advocacy you need. Call us today at 509-392-8252 or contact us online to arrange your initial consultation.