Although many people in Maumelle may turn to older generations as examples of marriages that can last, there are an increasing number of baby boomers who are seeking divorces. Divorcing after 50 is much different than divorcing in one’s 20s, 30s or even one’s 40s. There are different things that each age group need and things to take into consideration before, during and after divorce. One of those considerations that many baby boomers may forget is that they need support after a divorce.
For many people in their 50s and older, however, that means finding a new support system. Oftentimes couples had many, if not all, the same friends and a divorce may estrange them from their former social groups. That may make it more difficult finding support, but it is not impossible.
One way to create a new social group is by taking on a parti-time job. Not only will this give a newly divorced individual a little extra money, but it will also expose him or her to a group of people completely outside of his or her former marriage. Divorced baby boomers can also volunteer or use technology to find new support groups and friends.
And for those individuals who are concerned about whether they should divorce for fear of losing their friends, in a recent study by AARP, three-quarters of people surveyed said they had made the right decision by going through with a divorce. But getting to that point will likely require considerable support from a good group of friends.
Source: The Huffington Post, “The Gray Divorce: Tips for Baby Boomers Experiencing Divorce,” Allison Pescosolido, June 17, 2013