Until the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Obergfell v. Hodges in 2015, there was a fair amount of discrepancy regarding where a same-sex couple could pursue a divorce. Problems would often arise when a couple legally married in one state, but then sought to end its marriage through divorce in a state where same-sex marriages were not recognized. After Obergfell though, same-sex marriages were legalized in all 50 states, and as such, so too were divorces between individuals of the same sex.
Recently, this Colorado Springs divorce and family law blog discussed gray divorce and the impact that the end of a marriage can have on individuals who separate later in life. While gray divorces are by no means easy, individuals who choose to end their relationships when they are younger and have children at home can face additional challenges, when compared to those whose divorce-related concerns are primarily financial. One of the biggest issues parents must come to terms with when they end their marriages is child support and how they will financially support their children.
A gray divorce is one that occurs between individuals whose lives have progressed. This Colorado Springs family law blog recently introduced the topic of gray divorce, but readers may be surprised by how common these marital dissolutions have become. According to a study by Bowling Green State University, gray divorces have doubled for individuals over 50 from 1990 to 2000.
Lately, you have been considering divorce. Your relationship with your husband has been getting steadily more distant over the years and you have been wondering if it is time to call it quits. You see news reports about celebrities splitting up, usually because one or both spouses committed adultery. It makes you wonder if your reasons for considering divorce are valid, or if they are issues that you can solve if the two of you just work harder.
Gray divorce is a term used when discussing the dissolution of a marriage that comes well into the parties' adulthood. It may occur after a couple's children have grown and moved out of the house, after they have stopped working and have settled into retirement and while they are planning their twilight years. Divorce is not only for the young. Many older Colorado residents have chosen to end their marriages when they are into the sixties and seventies.