People in New Jersey who are 50 and older might be more likely to get a divorce compared to earlier generations because of a change in expectations about marriage, longer life spans or a greater likelihood that the marriage is not a first one. Research says divorce is up in this age group, and while many people may go on to more fulfilling lives after their marriages end, it is also important for older people to be mindful of their health.
Even divorces that are ultimately the right decision can cause stress that may worsen chronic health conditions more common in this age group such as heart disease or high blood pressure. People with more serious health conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, may have relied on their spouse as the main caregiver. Since women may have made less money throughout their lives, they are more likely to run into financial problems than men after a divorce and may struggle to afford medicine and other necessities. Men may lose social ties that their wives primarily maintained.
It is therefore important for older people to take steps to maintain their physical and emotional health after a divorce. They should see a doctor to determine whether any physical symptoms have a more serious cause. Joining a church or another organization can help reduce isolation. Some people might also want to see a counselor.
It may be possible to address some of the financial issues that arise for a lower-earning spouse after a divorce during the process of property division. This does not have to go through litigation and could be negotiated if possible with the help of the couple’s respective family law attorneys.