Later-in-Life Divorce Lawyers in California
Divorces that occur later in life often involve various unique issues, which create different priorities and challenges than those found in other cases. If you are considering divorce, you must have strong legal representation on your side. Zitser Family Law Group has proudly represented clients of all ages for years and can help you protect the assets you have worked so hard for. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
Issues Impacting Gray Divorces
When couples are divorcing later in life, they often face challenges that younger couples may not face, simply due to the nature of their asset portfolios. Not surprisingly, retirement funds and pension plans can play a much bigger role in later-in-life divorces than they do in other cases. Often in later-in-life divorces, these investments have had more time to grow and their benefits are either ready to be enjoyed or are already being utilized. In some cases, retirement plans may even be the primary source of income for the parties and may be the source of any support that may be ordered by the courts.
Spousal Support Concerns
Spousal support and healthcare concerns are important in any divorce, but they can be especially critical in later-in-life divorces. In many other divorce cases, spousal support is often treated as a temporary boost, to help the recipient stand on their own. But in later-in-life divorces, there is a greater chance that spousal support will be an important and permanent result of the divorce. This is because it may no longer be feasible for a stay-at-home spouse to start a new career and it is more likely that the marriage was of a long duration. Spousal support and healthcare coverage can have an effect on each other during and after a later-in-life divorce, often in ways that are counter-intuitive, especially if government healthcare is involved.
Property issues can also become more complicated in later-in-life divorces. Individuals seeking a divorce after the age of fifty are less likely to have separate assets, independent debt, or detailed financial records that cover the entire length of the marriage. At the same time, they may have more substantial assets than younger couples at the beginning of their careers.
Additionally, divorces that occur later in life may involve individuals who have been married more than once in their lives, and who may have children from a prior marriage. In such cases, you must have someone in your corner who is knowledgeable and will not only defend your rights but also ensure that the rights of your children are protected.
Contact Zitser Family Law Group
If you are at a later stage in life and need a dedicated divorce attorney who will fight to protect the assets you have worked hard for, Zitser Family Law Group is here to help. We understand the unique issues older couples face in divorce and are ready to help. We can determine the best course of action to ensure your divorce agreement is fair and will protect all that we can. Contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today to discuss your situation.