ERIC Number: ED312569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Divorce After 50--Challenges and Choices.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
This booklet is designed to help mid-life and older women examine the issues particularly related to late-life divorce; undertake the necessary financial and legal tasks associated with divorce; and accept and work through the range of powerful emotions that typically occur as a result of divorce. It is not intended to provide advice or counseling and readers are encouraged to seek professional guidance to help resolve divorce issues in the reader's best interest. These topics are discussed: (1) examining options in a troubled marriage and deciding to divorce; (2) the steps involved before beginning the legal divorce process; (3) meeting the legal requirements of divorce, including obtaining legal help, using divorce mediation, the divorce settlement, and types of assets; (4) completing the emotional divorce, noting that "emotional" divorce may or may not coincide with the timing of "legal divorce"; (5) seeking therapeutic intervention; and (6) taking responsibility for oneself. The booklet concludes that although most divorces occur within the first 7 years of marriage, divorce of middle-aged and older couples is increasing and statistics suggest that it will continue to rise. The appendix lists relevant organizations and a bibliography of resources. (ABL)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Divorce, Emotional Problems, Females, Legal Problems, Middle Aged Adults, Older Adults
American Association of Retired Persons, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049.
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.