Alimony & Spousal Support in Late-in-Life Divorce: What You Need to Know
If you’re thinking about getting divorced after reaching the age of 50, you’re not alone. Late-in-life divorces (commonly referred to as “grey divorces” or “silver divorces”) are becoming more and more common. Indeed, according to an article published by U.S. News & World Report, the late-in-life divorce rate has roughly doubled since 1990, with people over the age of 50 now accounting for approximately 25% of all divorces.
Determining alimony (also referred to as “spousal support”) can be difficult in any marriage dissolution, but the process is especially complicated in late-in-life divorces. Here are a few reasons why:
- Florida courts often consider the length of the marriage when determining alimony awards, so if a couple has been married for many years, alimony is more likely.
- Many older couples grew up in a time when husbands were generally the breadwinners and wives were typically the homemakers, so it’s common for only one spouse to have worked outside the home during the marriage. If one spouse doesn’t have any employment experience, they may be more likely to qualify for alimony.
- If health concerns common among the older population prevent one spouse from working, they may need help supporting themselves.
- Many late-in-life divorces occur after the couple has already retired, and the parties may argue that it would be unreasonable for them to have to reenter the workforce, whether to support themselves or afford alimony payments.
Speak to a Divorce Attorney
If you’re considering a late-in-life divorce, it’s important to consult with an attorney who’s highly experienced in this area of the law. Fortunately, if you’re in the Tampa Bay area, you can turn to the Law Offices of Audrey A. Jefferis, P.A. We’ve handled countless late-in-life divorces, and we can provide you with advice that’s tailored to your specific situation. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our main office in New Port Richey or our satellite office in Palm Harbor.