Issues affecting people over 65 and divorcing can be very different than their younger counterparts. A careful review of how agreements in divorce affect Social Security or other benefits, pension plans, inheritance issues and one’s estate plan, and how health issues are impacted by divorce is crucial in these divorces. Divorce rates of people over 50 have doubled in the last ten years. It’s not so unusual, but it definitely can be unique.
Because our firm deals with elder law, estate planning, estate administration, estate litigation and other complex matters affecting those over 65, we are uniquely positioned to apply our experience in divorce matters to your needs. We have handled divorces of people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
Some ask, why would a person over 80 bother about getting a divorce? There are a number of important considerations. First, no matter what age you are, you are entitled to having the life you want to live: entitled to take a stand for your happiness and security. Secondly, their are economic reasons that divorce can be advantageous when the relationship isn’t working out. Finally, some are concerned about the fact that their spouse may inherit an elective share of their estate, even though they don’t want to leave them anything at all — even if the parties have been separated for many years. No matter what the reason, this can be a tricky mine field to navigate, filled with potential explosive issues and concerns that we are careful to help you avoid.
If you are over 65 and considering divorce for any of the reasons above, or your own reasons, if you are being sued for divorce and you need representation from compassionate attorneys who will treat you with the respect you deserve, or if you are a loved one of an elderly person that needs help dealing with this issue, please call for a free, confidential consultation. We have locations in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties, and are happy to discuss your legal options. If you are unable to come to our offices for health reasons, we can come to you. Our number is 856-227-7888 and everyone here looks forward to serving you.