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Gray Divorce

Gray Divorce

Hiring a Qualified Divorce Lawyer

Divorce rates among couples over the age of 50 have never been higher than they are right now. According to a study conducted by sociologists Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin of Bowling Green State University (BGSU), the divorce rate among that age group more than doubled between the years 1990 and 2010. Their study, which began as a response to the public separation of Al and Tipper Gore after 40 years of marriage, found that about 55 percent of these “gray divorces” occurred between couples who had been married to each other for over 20 years.

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There are numerous factors you need to consider and account for when you are contemplating separating from your spouse after years of marriage. Our Tampa divorce attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks are well aware of any difficulties or hurdles that may arise during the process, and are prepared to assist you in navigating these tricky waters.

Why Does Gray Divorce Happen?

The number one cause of gray divorce is an empty nest. So many couples devote decades to raising their children, and once they’ve grown up and moved out, your house may feel unbearably quiet. If you and your spouse find yourselves staring at each other across the kitchen table with nothing to speak about now that there isn’t a child around to nurture and raise, you may begin to question what brought you together in the first place now that you feel like there isn’t anything left to keep you together.

Planning For the Future

You could easily find yourself in a difficult situation if you don’t take the time to prepare for life after divorce.

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  • Finances: Depending on how long you were married, you may have built up a fairly sizeable nest egg in preparation for your retirement. This will be included in the division of property, and you could find yourself in a financially precarious situation if you don’t take the time to plan your financial future ahead of time.
  • Healthcare: Most couple’s healthcare is provided by one spouse’s insurance plan, so you need to set up an alternative plan if you were covered under their plan. You also need to plan for a time when you require assistance – without a spouse around to take care of you as you get older or fall ill, the time will come when you may need to hire someone. Depending on your post-divorce financial situation, this could prove difficult.
  • Your Children: You need to ensure that your entire family at least understands why you are getting a divorce – children often play a major role in taking care of their parents in their golden years, and it’s important to keep them involved in the process to mitigate the potential heartbreak.

Moving Forward With Your Divorce

If you’re set on following through with your gray divorce, contact the Tampa divorce lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks today. We have 135 years of collective experience and are ready to use that knowledge to ensure that your divorce goes smoothly. Fill out the form on our website to request a case consultation, or give us a call at (813) 518-7941 to speak with a divorce attorney today.

Case Results

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which a child was nearly removed from her mother’s custody and given to the child’s alleged father, although the father had not yet established paternity. Candela filed a written response on behalf of her client (the mother) alleging fraud by the father and had the pick-up order set aside before custody was transferred to the father. The practical result was to allow the mother and child stay in their home state (not Florida) pending the resolution of the case. The Court agreed and granted Candela’s client custody.

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client filed a Petition to Establish Paternity, and the mother was served. After being served, the mother fled the state with the child. Candela filed an Emergency Motion for the immediate return of the child, and at that hearing, which was granted on an emergency basis, the mother was forced to turn the child over to the father, giving the father sole custody of the child pending the ultimate resolution of the case.

  • Family Law Case - Relocation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client (the father) accused his child’s mother of relocating the child out of state without the consent of the child’s father. Candela was able to obtain a court order to return the child to the state of Florida and to remain in her client’s care while establishing permanent custody and timesharing plans. After Candela’s successful litigation of the case, the Court ruled that the mother’s Petition for Relocation was denied, and that the child shall live primarily with Candela’s client in Florida, with summer and school break schedules allotted to the mother.

  • Family Law Case - Timesharing Violation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client was accused of violating a timesharing schedule agreed upon by both parental parties at the time the couple was divorced. The client’s child’s mother claimed that Candela’s client did not return the child for holiday timesharing at both Christmas and Easter. Candela had sent formal correspondence to the child’s mother regarding the dispute over the interpretation of the timesharing schedule, and when she did not agree, the father kept the child. The Court agreed with Candela’s interpretation of the timesharing schedule and found that her client was not in contempt for either holiday.

  • Family Law Case - Unilateral Medical-Related Decisions

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which she filed a Motion for Contempt on behalf of her client against the mother of his child for making unilateral medical-related decisions for the minor child without his knowledge. The Court agreed that the mother was in violation of the final judgment of their dissolution of marriage and held her in indirect civil contempt. The Court also ordered that the treatment in question cease immediately and that the mother be solely responsible for any and all costs related to that treatment. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the mother was not to make any unilateral decisions in the future and was to notify the father of any future appointments so that he could be present either over the phone or in person.

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  • "Your joint efforts and hard work have finally brought a son and father together."

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  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me. "

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  • "Rob, I wanted to say thank you for all your efforts in getting this agreement settled."

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