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Grey Divorce: Focus on Your Future; Don’t Obsess Over The Doom and Gloom Headlines

Grey divorce – people over the age of 50 who divorce – is back in the news.  Ben Steverman’s headline “Divorce Destroys Finances of Americans Over 50” ominously reports the updated research performed by Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family & Marriage Research.  The research shows divorce on the rise for this demographic and reports abysmal outcomes for … Continued

Planning Ahead: Divorce and Advanced Health Care Directives

As former NBA star Lamar Odom continues to make progress following his recent hospitalization after being found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel, the headlines swirl regarding the involvement of his soon-to-be ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian, in his medical care. Multiple news outlets report that Mr. Odom and Ms. Kardashian signed their divorce judgment in or around July, 2015, but their Judgment … Continued

Baby Boomers: California Dreaming Requires Planning When Divorcing

There are 80 million Baby Boomers and they are getting divorced in record numbers. Recent and newsworthy divorces in this demographic involved Al and Tipper Gore, and the unforgettable daily onslaught of Frank and Jamie McCourt splashed across the television, Internet and newspapers.  These are good examples of people getting divorced after decades of marriage; however, they may not be … Continued

Grey Marriage + Grey Divorce = Elder Financial Abuse?

The phenomenon of “grey divorce”- the term referring to the demographic trend of an increasing divorce rate for older (“grey haired”) couples – has been in the news since 2013, when Bowling Green State University in Ohio studied this growing movement. Many of these marriages are long term marriages (i.e., often in excess of 25 years); others are not long … Continued

Captain and Tennille Seek A Grey Divorce….Is Love Keeping Them Together?

Daryl Dragon (known as “Captain”) and Cathryn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille (known as “Tennille”), one of the most successful pop music duos of the 1970s, who recorded Grammy-winning songs about their love together, recently announced that they are divorcing after 39 years of marriage.  Their divorce was filed in Arizona which, like California, is a community property state; as well as … Continued

Should (Can) My Mentally Incapacitated Parent Divorce?

Imagine your father remarries after the death of your mother.  Your father is now 85 years old has been married for 5 years, to his new wife, who is 75 years old.  Your father suffers from dementia which is rapidly progressing.  His wife is healthy yet cannot (or does not want to) care for your father as his illness progresses.  … Continued

Divorce and Retirement: Social Security Administration vs. California Family Law

According to the Social Security Administration’s website, the 1983 Social Security Amendments included a provision for raising the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later. The Congress cited improvements in the health of older people and increases in average life expectancy as primary reasons for increasing the normal retirement age.   Full retirement age (also called “normal … Continued

Tax Planning in Grey Divorce

Grey divorce involves individuals over the age of 50 who are ending a marriage.  Because many people over the age of 50 thought they would be retiring sooner rather than later, divorce often means new financial plans are necessary.  Financial planning is complex, as are the tax issues related to such planning; when divorce is also involved, different tax implications … Continued

Are You (or Your Spouse) Legally Competent to Divorce?

Many people joke that all people getting divorced have temporary diminished capacity because it is during divorce that we often see otherwise confident, smart and successful people engage in foolish behaviors.  But, putting aside the joke, there are people who actually suffer from mental disorders which, in fact, render them incompetent to seek and maintain a divorce action.