New Jersey divorcees of all ages may experience some negative impact on their health from their divorce. However, divorcees who are at least 50 years old may begin to suffer from a range of physical and psychological issues; this is especially true if they have existing medical issues.
Gray divorce is a phenomenon that was identified in a 2012 study by two researchers at Bowling Green State University. According to one of the researchers, the majority of the divorces that are occurring among older adults are occurring among those who are 50 to 64 years old.
Gray divorce can be attributed to multiple factors. Women and men have a much longer lifespan than they used to. Women who are making their own money can be financially independent, negating the need to rely on having a husband for access to money. Remarriage is also a factor gray divorce; for people who have gotten married for a second or third time, the gray divorce rate is 2.5 times higher than normal.
Some of the health issues seniors who have recently gotten a divorce may experience may include chronic anxiety, depression or chronic stress. It is also not unusual for gray divorcees to suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress; they may have flashback of periods during which they were not happy or may suffer from nightmares.
Senior divorcees who are suffering from psychological issues are also likely to be suffering from physical problems. For example, chronic stress is associated with a higher risk for insomnia, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
A family law attorney may work to obtain favorable settlement terms for older adults who are getting a divorce. Litigation may be used to protect the interests and rights of clients regarding the division of assets, such as retirement accounts.