Grandparents Going Through Divorce – Part 1

August 24th, 2016

Divorce usually conjures up images of a Beaverton family dealing with a family law attorney while working full-time, raising kids, and coping with the stress of a separation.

Grandparent and ChildSadly, couples of all ages, with children of all ages, can divorce. This means grandpa and grandma can split too.

The colloquial term is “gray divorce.” The British have a better name for it, “silver separation.”

According to the AARP, the divorce rate for couples over 50 has doubled since 1990.

Here are some reasons behind “gray divorce.”

  • People are living longer. Those in their 50s and 60s believe they have a lot of good years left and don’t want to waste them with their current spouse.
  • Retirement tends to reveal to some couples that they are not compatible. This was hidden from them during their working years.
  • Older couples are usually better off financially and can afford a divorce.
  • They feel it’s now or never.

Divorced grandparents affect the lives of two sets of offspring, their own, who are adults, and their grandchildren, who are still kids.

In part two of this series, we’ll share tips for the whole family concerning grandparents getting a divorce.

If you’re a grandparent about to go through a divorce, contact Beaverton family law attorney Ronald Johnston today.



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