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It’s often real: the post-divorce “fresh start”

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2020 | Divorce |

There is a veritable avalanche of cascading articles and reports on divorce in the United States. Sources providing advice and would-be takeaways range from pure celebrity fodder to notably reasoned pieces that objectively seek to convey what marital dissolution is all about.

It is fundamentally about change, of course. And challenge. And also justified hope and prospects for a meaningful post-divorce life.

All those things are spotlighted in a recent article authored by a media entity that is clearly among those more-objective information providers cited above. Next Avenue is an arm of the public broadcasting system (PBS) with a singular and specific purpose. Its mission statement underscores its aim “to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans.”

Clearly, that demographic (loosely defined as 50-somethings and the baby boomer crowd in the Next Avenue piece) is collectively reaching out for candid and truly instructive information concerning divorce.

Here’s why, as the article duly notes: “Divorce after 50 is on the rise.”

In fact, it is snowballing, and for many reasons. Kids are often out of the house and embarked on their own lives. Materially increased life spans now have unhappy partners eyeing the possibility of living decades longer with spouses they are no longer compatible with. Legions of older individuals wonder whether divorce is a possibility, with challenges that can be overcome and new opportunities that can be happily exploited.

Next Avenue relies on both empirical and anecdotal evidence to conclusively make this point: Millions of boomer-aged Americans have acted purposefully to end unhappy long-tenured marriages that were not about to get better.

“I’m finding myself, and developing my own interests,” says one.

“I am happy and optimistic,” notes another, “and able to feel joy again.”

The adage that knowledge confers power is certainly applicable to the divorce realm in Michigan and nationally.  An individual of any age having questions or concerns about marital dissolution can turn to many informed sources for information. An experienced and empathetic family law firm can provide candid guidance and proven legal representation in a divorce matter.