Berman & Asbel, LLP

Getting divorced after a long marriage

As divorcing after decades of being married is becoming more socially acceptable, some older Pennsylvania couples may find themselves questioning whether doing so is right for them. However, there are some significant challenges that each person will face if they do decide that ending the marriage is a step that needs to be taken.

The biggest challenge is financial, especially if both individuals have retired or are on the verge of retiring. If the couple is on a fixed income, that income will now have to support two households instead of one. If finances were already tight, this may mean that one or both individuals may have to get a job to support themselves. This may also mean that keeping the marital home is not possible. Some divorcees may decide to get a roommate to help keep loneliness at bay and save some cash.

In addition to the marital home and finances, there may be some other marital assets that will need to be divided. These assets can include items like furniture, art and other potentially valuable items. In some cases, some former couples are ready to embrace change and may relish the chance to start over, which can make the divorce process go much more smoothly.

Property division can be one of the hardest parts when it comes to getting a divorce, especially if the former couple has spent decades growing their assets. A family law attorney may assisting with getting a valuation for all of the former couple's marital property, including finances and physical items. They may also assist with identifying the property that a person brought into the marriage. If the divorce is uncontested, the attorney may assist with working to have the divorce finalized as soon as possible so the person can move on.

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