With more women entering the workplace and social stigmas regarding divorce evolving, older couples are choosing to end their marriages rather than stay in unhealthy relationships. If you are thinking of filing for divorce and you are past the age of 50, there are some unique concerns to take into consideration.
Here are three mistakes to avoid making when you file for divorce after 50.
1. Failing to plan ahead for tax changes.
When you and your romantic partner are on the outs, what starts out as "just another fight" can quickly escalate into legal trouble. If your partner went before a judge and asked for a temporary no contact order for safety reasons, he or she probably got the order with little trouble. The legal system is weighted heavily in favor of anything that will keep the peace. You may think it's unfair and you may be frustrated, but until the issue is resolved you need to make sure that you don't accidentally violate the order.
When a parent becomes unable to manage his/her affairs due to age or poor health, a responsible adult-age child may opt to handle matters. In order to allow the child to more easily legally act on behalf of the parent, permission in the form of power of attorney helps matters. Unfortunately, other members of the family may try reverse the power of attorney agreement, a process that can be done in family court.
Divorce, even when amicable, can be difficult to navigate. It sometimes seems like the slightest thing can turn an uncontested, calm breakup into a long-running court case. If you're contemplating divorce, or you think your spouse might be about to give you papers, dial back on your social media presence and be very careful about what you post. Avoid social media totally if you can. Your words, pictures, and relationships online could affect your case greatly.