Mistakes to avoid when divorcing over 50

On Behalf of | May 13, 2021 | Blog, Divorce

Ending a relationship with someone you’ve been with for years is always a difficult thing to deal with. However, if you are over 50 years old and looking to get a divorce, there are a few additional issues that may arise. Here are some mistakes you want to avoid making when divorcing over 50 in Washington.

Underestimating expenses

If you are in a relationship where your partner pays the majority of the bills, then after the divorce gets finalized, you may not have enough money to take care of yourself. You should work out how much money you need to live on your own before you rush to get away from your current spouse.

Getting too emotional

If you’re getting a divorce over the age of 50, you might have been with your partner for decades. This is going to be a huge, life-changing decision, so it is normal for you to get emotional.

Nevertheless, it is important that you don’t get too emotional, or else your emotions might begin to dictate your decisions. When approaching a divorce, you need to view it as a business transaction because the decisions you make will affect your future and the future of your family and children.

Going into isolation

Because this is a very stressful time, it is common for people to move away from their family members and put themselves in isolation. This is not a good idea and can have devastating effects on your mental health and overall well-being. It would be better if you were to find people you can lean on, whether it’s family, friends or some kind of support group that can help you get through these difficult times.

Rushing into a new relationship

Some people immediately rush into a new relationship after a long marriage ends. This is a time when you are very emotionally vulnerable, so rushing into somebody else’s arms isn’t always the best decision. Relationships like these are usually doomed to fail because most of the time, you don’t really like the person you’re with; you’re just lonely after being with someone else for all those years.

If you feel like you and your partner have grown apart, then a divorce may be the right decision. It might seem strange to be single after all this time, but if it makes you happier, then an attorney may help you prepare everything necessary to leave the marriage with your finances and well-being intact.