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Gray Divorce Representation In Columbus, Ohio

Divorce rates are going down – except among older couples. The divorce rate among couples 45 years of age and older has been on a steady climb since 1990, and there is no sign that it is slowing down. Among couples 65 years of age and older, the divorce rate has tripled in the last few decades.

These so-called “gray” divorces often involve long-term marriages, which automatically makes the process more complex. At Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson, our divorce lawyers have been guiding our Columbus, Ohio, clients through their divorces for more than 40 years. Some are certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as family law specialists, making them uniquely equipped to handle complex issues.

Understanding Gray Divorce And Its Unique Issues

Gray divorce generally involves couples who are in their 50s or older, so it is a term usually applied to divorcing Baby Boomers and more senior members of Generation X. Many of these couples are ending long-term marriages, some of which may have spanned several decades.

Unlike divorces involving younger couples, which focus on custody and child support, gray divorces are mainly concerned with financial issues. Our divorce lawyers help divorcing clients look at issues like:

  • Retirement planning and division of pensions
  • Social Security retirement
  • Health insurance benefits
  • The division of assets
  • The allocation of debts
  • The disposition of the marital home
  • Financial planning for post-divorce life

The rise of gray divorces is rooted in sociological and economic changes. People are living longer and reflecting harder on what they must do to make their later years more fulfilling. Since women are more likely to be employed, there are fewer financial incentives for couples to stay together, and there is little to no social stigma attached to divorce anymore. All of these factors contribute to the rise of gray divorce.

Contact Us Today About Your Gray Divorce

Let Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson help you get through this difficult time. Call 380-217-3322 or use the online form to reach out and schedule your initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Columbus.