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Can an extended work life prevent senior divorce?

Many Arizona residents who are currently age 50 and beyond married when they were in their early 20s. Since then, some have spent several decades raising children together, others have built successful businesses and some have accomplished both. In recent years, however, senior divorce has been on the rise, and many of the couples in this state and throughout the nation have headed for court to sever their marital ties.

Some might think that after being married so long, it does not make much sense to divorce and start all over as a single person that is entering the later part of his or her life. Others say it is never too late to begin again, especially if the alternative means staying in an unhappy marriage. There are also those who believe that marriage is to last until death, even if both spouses are unhappy in the relationship.

Various reasons are frequently given when older people are asked why they divorce. Some say it simply proved too difficult, after retirement, to spend so much time together as spouses. Interests and personalities change through the years and many people who once sought out each others' company find they no longer have anything in common when they reach their golden years. Current studies suggest that if at least one spouse in a marriage continues to work past retirement age, a marriage may stand a stronger chance of surviving.

An extended working life leaves a little breathing room between spouses, which, according to some, keeps the romance alive. A particular problem that one Arizona couple may be able to overcome may lead to senior divorce for another. If that's the case, it's crucial to know where to turn for support; a good place to start is by arranging a consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Forbes, "Gray Divorce and How Working In Retirement Might Just Save Your Marriage", Joseph Coughlin, Oct. 17, 2017

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