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How does my gray divorce affect retirement?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2023 | Divorce, Family Law |

While divorce can be a difficult and stressful process for anyone, it can have particularly negative consequences for older adults who are planning to retire soon. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the ways that a gray divorce can affect retirement plans for Ohio residents over 50.

Gray divorce

A gray divorce is a term that refers to the dissolution of a marriage between two spouses who are over 50 years old. This phenomenon has been increasing in recent years, especially among baby boomers who are reaching retirement age.

Asset division

One of the main challenges of a gray divorce is the division of assets and debts. Ohio is an equitable distribution state, which means that marital property and liabilities are divided fairly, but not necessarily equally, between the spouses. This can result in a significant reduction of retirement savings, pensions, Social Security benefits and other sources of income for both parties. Additionally, some assets may have tax implications or penalties for early withdrawal, which can further diminish their value.

Cost of living

Another issue that a gray divorce can pose is the increased cost of living. After a divorce, each spouse will have to pay for their own housing, utilities, health insurance and other expenses. This can be especially challenging for older adults who may have limited income or employment opportunities. Moreover, some expenses may increase due to the need for additional support or care, such as legal fees, counseling or medical bills.

Emotional well-being

A third factor that a gray divorce can impact is the emotional well-being of the spouses. Divorce can trigger feelings of grief, anger, loneliness, depression and anxiety, which can affect one’s physical and mental health. It can also disrupt one’s social network and relationships with family and friends. Some older adults may face stigma or isolation from their community or peers who may not understand or approve of their decision.

Serious and lasting effects

A gray divorce can have serious and lasting effects on retirement plans for Ohio residents over 50. It can reduce one’s financial security, increase one’s living expenses and impair one’s emotional health.