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Divorcing after decades of marriage

There are likely as many reasons for divorce as there are residents in Fort Lauderdale, if not more. Every couple have a unique set of circumstances that may one day lead to divorce. When young couples divorce, oftentimes people can understand why – in many cases the first years of marriage can be the most difficult because both individuals have to learn to combine their lives in a cohesive way. But in situations where a pair has been together for decades, the decision to divorce may not only blindside those who know them – it may also blindside the spouse that isn’t initiating the divorce.

Although many years have been dedicated to the marriage, some individuals hit their 40s and start to realize that life is short. After wondering whether they want to spend the next 20 to 30 years in a lonely marriage, they decide to split. If both spouses reach this realization, things may be easier, but in some cases, there’s only one individual who is willing to actually close the door on their marriage. 

In some cases, that split happens because of a loss of connection between the two individuals. Eventually kids grow up and leave the house, giving spouses the opportunity to reconnect or to realize that they have nothing in common anymore. Also, life-changing events such as health issues or dying relatives may be stressors that the couple are not able to cope with successfully.

After years of being together, different parts of the divorce process, such as property division, may be a lot more complex. But in the end, no matter how difficult the process may be, it is often worthwhile for those that make the choice to divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, “Marriage Problems That Lead To Divorce After Decades,” Laura Seldon, Sept. 9, 2013

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