There may be many reasons for the trend toward the increase of divorces after age fifty-- "late life" or "grey Divorces" as they are sometimes called. It may be that we are living longer and we are more mindful about quality of life, or perhaps it is that men and woman are more similarly situated these days with regard to finances and retirement planning, and it may not be necessary to stay together for financial survival.
Marriage rates have been on the decline. Some choose to wait longer to marry, wanting to achieve personal and professional success prior to settling down. Some choose not to marry at all, opting instead to live together, young as well as old.
Divorce is an extremely stressful time, especially when there are children involved. The best thing you can do is to take extra special care of yourself. This will of course not only benefit you but also your kids. They will feel a lot more relaxed if they see that you are relaxed and in good spirits. Here are a couple of things you can do to help minimize your stress and help you cope.
GO COLLABORATIVE! In the Collaborative Divorce Process, each party is represented by an attorney who has been trained in collaborative law. Through that training, the attorneys learn to expand their focus, to move from achieving a targeted outcome at all costs, to guiding and supporting BOTH parties in the collaborative divorce with the goal of achieving a unique outcome, designed to launch each party into a safe and secure future. Be assured, you will have the benefit of your own counsel advising you and protecting your interests.