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Surviving gray divorce: tips for baby boomers after divorce

Many people in Atlanta are seeing more and more baby boomers going through divorces. The number of people over the age of 50 getting divorced has increased tremendously, jumping from one in 10 in 1990 to one in four in 2009. While later-in-life divorces can bring up a whole host of family law issues that just don't come up in divorce cases for people in their 20s and 30s, there are also many emotional aspects to gray divorce that may require special mention.

Most people who have divorced after the age of 50 do eventually think they did the right thing. After they have had some time to heal from the emotional scars of divorce, 75 percent of divorced baby boomers thought divorce was the right decision.

It can be really important for baby boomers to learn to use technology following a divorce. It may be a challenge for some people, but it will also help baby boomers feel connected to others. Whether technology will help divorcé(e)s get closer to their adult children and grandchildren or to reconnect with old friends or even to find a date and potential partner, technology can help baby boomers get past an often self-imposed alienation following divorce.

Speaking of dating, many baby boomers need to remember that just because one relationship ended doesn't mean that all relationships will. It may be difficult to get back into the dating scene after so many years, but there are a variety of tools available to help, including using online dating profiles to weed out incompatible individuals.

Getting a divorce after 20 or 30 years with a spouse is difficult, but an experienced family law attorney can handle the legal aspects and let you focus on moving forward with the rest of your life.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Gray Divorce: Tips for Baby Boomers Experiencing Divorce," Allison Pescosolido, June 17, 2013

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