Mediation for Grey Divorce: Tailoring Solutions for Older Adults

Mediation for Grey Divorce: Tailoring Solutions for Older Adults

grey divorceDivorce is a challenging and emotionally charged process, regardless of your age. But, when older adults divorce, also known as “grey divorce,” the stakes can be higher than they are for younger couples.  Recently, there has been an increase in divorces among couples who are 50 years and older. Navigating the complexities of separation and division of assets later in life can be overwhelming, but there is a solution that offers a more amicable and personalized approach: grey divorce mediation. Below, we explore the unique considerations involved in grey divorce and how mediation can offer people solutions that are tailored for older adults going through this life transition. 

Mediators Provide Emotional Support and Understanding During Divorce

Divorce, at any age, can be emotionally challenging. However, older adults often face additional emotional and psychological factors that make the process more complex. Decades of shared memories, financial interdependence, and the prospect of starting anew in the later stages of life can create a unique set of emotions. It is important to work with a divorce mediator that specializes in grey divorce because they understand the unique complexities of divorcing later in life and will facilitate a compassionate and empathetic space where both parties can express their concerns, frustrations, and fears openly. 

Grey Divorce Mediation: Tailored Financial Planning

Dividing assets is challenging in any divorce but tends to be particularly complex in grey divorces. In grey divorce, financial considerations for asset division include retirement plans, pensions, social security benefits, and healthcare provisions. Mediators understand the importance of long-term financial planning for older adults and will work with couples to find creative solutions that cater to their unique needs and help each person maintain financial stability post-divorce. 

Preservation of Family Relationships After Divorce

Older adults going through a grey divorce have to prepare for a different dynamic with their adult children and extended family, which can feel daunting and scary. Mediation can help spouses preserve their relationships with children and extended family by encouraging open communication, cooperation, and mutual understanding. This approach helps reduce long-term animosity and preserves relationships with family.

If you are considering a grey divorce, reach out to a divorce mediator experienced in working with older adults. They can guide you through the process with empathy, compassion, and a commitment to finding mutually beneficial solutions. Remember, it’s never too late to embark on a new chapter of life, and mediation can help you do so with grace and resilience.

About Oliver Ross

Oliver Ross, JD*, PhD founded Out-of-Court Solutions Inc. in 1995 and since then has mediated over 3,000 divorce and family matters. He is a select member of the Maricopa Superior Court Family Mediation roster