Divorce at any age is difficult at best, but when it takes place after 50, the repercussions of going through a so-called “gray divorce” are exceptionally hard hitting.
In general, the person who initiated the gray divorce will have an easier time coping than the spouse who did not. More often than not, one spouse has been planning to leave for quite some time. As a result, they have already worked through many of the emotional issues needed to make a break.
First, start living like a single person. Reconnect with old friends and family members that you have grown distant from over the years. Pursue hobbies and interests you never had time for in the past. Fill your life with good and positive things. Maintain healthy routines. When you do this, you are less likely to engage in destructive behaviors. Wallowing in self-pity or obsessing about your soon to be ex-spouse is not healthy.
The financial impacts of grey divorce are not easy either. Ending a marriage so close to retirement can have devastating impacts for both parties. You need to understand how a divorce will impact your finances, taxes and future budgeting.
The best person to help you with this is an experienced family law attorney.