A growing number of people in California and across the country are choosing to divorce later in life. For people aged 50 and older, divorce rates have doubled over the past several decades. However, no matter when someone decides to end their marriage, it can be very important to take care of their health. According to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, divorce is the second-largest contributor to stress-induced health breakdowns. For older people with existing health concerns, the effects of divorce-induced stress can be significant.
While the rates of divorce remain much higher among younger couples, the divorce rate among older Americans has skyrocketed. There are a number of factors that have contributed to these changes, including improved health and increased life expectancy, the frequency of remarriage and increased financial independence for women.
When older people decide to divorce, it can be important to seek treatment for signs of depression, anxiety or chronic stress. If untreated, these conditions can play a role in the development of heart disease, high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes. In addition, seniors who divorce, especially after retirement age, may find it important to pursue family activities, social events or public programs to avoid a sense of loneliness or isolation.
There are also some specific financial concerns for older people who choose to divorce, especially when it comes to retirement funds. These assets are often significant for couples of any age, but they can be more so when retirement is closer on the horizon. A family law attorney can help a soon-to-be ex understand more about the financial effects of divorce and to pursue a fair settlement on issues like property division and spousal support.