Divorce in Couples Over 50 on the Rise
A growing trend in the area of gray divorce is the choice of couples aged 50+ to use collaborative divorce law. Instead of arguing through a mediator or judge both sides will work together to commit to a plan that will establish the best long-term financial outcome for both spouses. Collaborative divorce can go a long way in addressing the concerns surrounding gray divorce. It can allow for spouses to end their marriage while preserving their shared relationship with family members, particularly adult children and grandchildren. During the collaborative divorce process, spouses will work with a team of lawyers, financial specialists, and mental health professionals in order to navigate the process in a respectful and healthy manner and come up with equitable agreement for the entire family outside of the court system.
When seeking out a collaborative professional the standards promulgated by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”) provide an excellent benchmark for training. To become a member of the IACP a lawyer must complete extensive and rigorous training in alternative dispute resolution and interest based negotiation.