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Older, childless couples still face many issues when divorcing

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2021 | Divorce |

Contrary to popular belief, later-in-life divorces without children are rarely easy.

Although an older couple may not have children, they likely have many other issues that have to be addressed in a divorce. They may face other matters like health conditions that could leave them vulnerable after the divorce.

Why do older couples get a divorce?

As with younger couples, many older people in the Chicago, Illinois, area divorce for many reasons. One of the most common reasons involves growing apart from each other after so many years together. Infidelity by one or even both spouses is another common reason for gray divorces.

What challenges do older couples face in a divorce?

Financial issues are among the most challenging elements in a later-in-life divorce. If one spouse has no career or retirement options, he or she could have a hard time financially in the aftermath of a later-in-life divorce. The division of marital property requires a careful approach to ensure that one spouse does not walk away with an unfair share of assets.

How can you protect yourself financially?

Our attorneys handle family law exclusively. With several decades of combined experience, we have learned what it takes to secure your financial future after a divorce. Some solutions to pursue, preferably with skilled legal guidance, include:

  • Fighting for your marital property rights
  • Fighting for fair spousal support
  • Fighting for a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

A QDRO is a court order entitling you to receive a portion of retirement funds from accounts held by your spouse. They’re common in divorces involving older couples. One of the first questions to ask a family law attorney is whether it is possible to acquire a QDRO in your divorce settlement.

Please, continue reviewing our website if you need additional information about divorcing in Illinois.