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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

1100 Lake Street, Suite 120, Oak Park, IL 60301

DuPage County | 630-852-9700

Mokena | 815-727-6144   Oak Park | 708-848-3159

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Elmhurst Lawyers for Divorce Over Age 50

La Grange Divorce Attorneys for those over 50 years old

DuPage County Gray Divorce Attorneys

A divorce can be challenging for a person of any age. For a person who is nearing retirement or has already retired, a divorce can be completely overwhelming. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our attorneys are sensitive to the needs of older individuals as they approach the divorce process. We provide trusted guidance and aggressive representation to those going through what has become known as "gray divorce."

Understanding the Rise of Gray Divorce

The term "gray divorce" generally refers to a divorce between spouses who are age 50 or older. According to a number of reputable sources, the gray divorce rate has more than doubled in the United States since 1990. Today, about a quarter of all divorce cases are gray divorces, and the reasons are not all that surprising. As divorce has become more socially-acceptable, increasing numbers of older individuals have started to realize that they do not need to be stuck in unhappy, unhealthy marriages.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we know that a large number of gray divorces involve spouses who have been together for many years. In some cases, one or both spouses may have never experienced life as a single adult. As a result, the prospect of divorce can be extremely scary. Our lawyers have more than 95 years of combined family law experience that we will put to work on your behalf. If you are over age 50 and are considering a divorce, our team is ready to help.

Unique Considerations in Divorce Over 50

When a couple over age 50 gets divorced, they will need to address a variety of concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Dividing marital property: Younger couples tend to worry about who will get the house or car, while older couples are often concerned about having enough money for retirement. Getting divorced as an older person means that you will have less time after the divorce to put aside resources for the future. This makes the property division process especially important;
  • Maintenance: When an older individual gets divorced, he or she may not have many opportunities to develop new skills, pursue educational goals, or start a new career, especially if that person did not work outside the home during the marriage. As a result, spousal support or maintenance is often a major consideration during a gray divorce; and
  • Social Security: If your marriage lasted 10 years or more, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits based on the earnings of your former spouse. Your eligibility, however, does not start until you have been divorced for two years. Therefore, it is important to work with an attorney who understands Social Security eligibility so that you can plan for the future.

You should also be aware of how eligibility for health insurance coverage and other benefit programs will be affected by your divorce. Our lawyers will work closely with you in analyzing your situation and developing a strategy for getting you the resources you need to move forward.

Call 630-852-9700 Today

To learn more about our firm and our approach to divorce for those over age 50, contact our office. Call 630-852-9700 for a free, no-obligation consultation at any of our three locations. We represent clients in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Addison, Villa Park, La Grange, Hinsdale, Wood Dale, Kane County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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