Gray Divorce Defined

A Recent Trend Among Older Couples

There is a new trend occurring in divorce across the United States — older couples are getting divorced at higher rates. It's becoming more common to see gray divorce, but what exactly does this term mean, and how might it impact how the case plays out? Read on to learn more about gray divorce.

Defining the Term

The term “gray divorce” is used to describe the growing trend of couples over the age of 50 getting divorced. While the divorce rate for this age group has been on the rise for some time, it has only recently been given a name.

There are a few factors that experts believe have contributed to the increase in gray divorces, including people living longer and healthier lives (and therefore not wanting to stay in unhappy marriages), increased financial independence for women, and couples being more open about their dissatisfaction with their marriage.

Effects on the Process

What does this mean for those going through a gray divorce? The process can be more complicated than what you may have experienced if you had gotten divorced earlier in life.

For one thing, you may have more assets to divide up, which can make the property division process more complicated (and potentially more contentious). You may also have adult children who are involved in your life and could be impacted by your divorce. Additionally, because you’ve been married for a longer period of time, you may have a more difficult time readjusting to single life and dating after divorce. These factors and more should be taken into consideration as you begin to consider a gray divorce.

Getting the Help of an Attorney

If you’re considering gray divorce, it’s important to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help you understand what to expect and how to protect your interests throughout the process. The team at Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C. can help you understand your options and how to best proceed through the nuances of gray divorce.


Learn more about how we can help with a gray divorce in Colorado or speak with a member of our team by calling us at (719) 212-4227 or by visiting our website.

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