When two spouses decide to get divorced after decades of marriage, it certainly causes you to wonder, “What went wrong?” Perhaps — if you’re going through a so-called “gray divorce,” you know exactly what went wrong. Perhaps it was due to one of the following reasons why spouses breakup in their golden years:
The kids have left and gone to college
Whether you choose to face it or not, empty nest syndrome can happen to the best of us. Many spouses are only able to survive the feeling of a lonely home because they are dedicated to their careers. However, for a career homemaker, the radical change of not having any kids in the house anymore could be a marriage deal-breaker. In fact, empty nest syndrome can test the continuity of even the strongest marital unions.
Transitioning into retirement
If you and your spouse had trouble getting along while you both were working, try getting along when you’re spending the day with one another at home, every day, 365 days a year. This will test any human relationship, and it can certainly reveal the weak points of your marriage.
When one spouse is “older” than the other
Not everyone ages at the same speed. Some of us are 80 when we’re 40 and others are 20 when we’re 90. You get the picture. When spouses age at different speeds, they can quickly become incompatible as marital partners.
There are countless reasons why spouses decide to end their marriages later in life. Regardless of your reasons for doing so, you might want to learn as much as you can about Texas family law to ensure that you protect yourself and your legal rights during your divorce proceedings.