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A look at how middle-aged marriages are affected by divorce

When you think about divorcing couples, chances are your attention is immediately drawn to the many people you know who are divorced early on in their marriage or before the age of 50. However, despite not happening as frequently, couples who divorce in their later years after having been married for decades does happen. If you and your spouse are considering separating despite having been married for a significant length of time, you are indeed not alone. At Cunningham Law Office, we have helped many couples in Montana to work through the dissolution of their marriage. 

While divorce has its difficulties for anyone, you may be facing a unique set of challenges if you are middle-aged or older and seeking to divorce your significant other. According to Psychology Today, although you and your spouse are getting divorced now, there is a good chance that the underlying problems that ultimately lead to your separation were brewing many years ago. Additionally, even though you may feel relief and pride that you are finally taking this step after suffering years in an unhappy relationship, it is vital that you realize that grief will most likely linger for many more years. 

Another problematic aspect of divorcing in your later years is the impact your decision may have on your children. Even though they may be grown, the change in familial relationships that they have grown to accept their entire life may be an incredibly challenging aspect to learn to cope with. 

After learning about some of the unique challenges that you may be subject to as the result of divorcing after being married for a long time, you may be able to seek help in overcoming your emotions and moving past a relationship that defined your life for so long. For more information about divorce, visit our web page.  

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