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Gray divorce -- to do it or not to do it?

There is nothing easy about ending a marriage. It will hurt in a lot of ways. However, doing it when one is older may come at a higher price. More gray divorces are happening these days, but it doesn't mean that those who are considering it, whether they reside in Louisiana or elsewhere, shouldn't take the time to really think things through before pulling the trigger.

Recently, a man asked whether pursuing a gray divorce was worth it. At the age of 71, he is considering leaving his wife of 27 years. It was the second marriage for both of them, brought about because of an unplanned pregnancy. He claims he has stuck with her for the child, but now he is wondering if he should continue sticking it out or pull the plug because he is unhappy.

His concern about ending the marriage has much to do with finances. When in retirement, money can be tight. Getting a divorce will not help that.

At the end of the day, money should not be the only thing considered when thinking about divorce. Happiness in life matters, as well. Yes, going through a gray divorce is likely to impact one's financial position, but living with a little less in order to be free of a relationship that makes one unhappy may be worth it.

No one can say if divorce is the right move for anyone. It is a very personal decision. Louisiana residents who do choose to end their marriages later in life may have concerns about what they will be left with when all is said and done, but legal counsel can help them achieve divorce settlements that are fair and balanced.

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