“Til Death Do Us Part?” Long Term Marriages and Divorce in Wisconsin.

It is becoming more common that people fifty and older are getting divorced. There are a number of reasons for this, including that people are living longer and the negative image of divorcees’ has diminished. Divorce is no longer “unacceptable,” and “immoral.” Therefore, “til death do us part” seems to no longer be the requirement for many baby boomers who are unhappy in their marriages.

In Wisconsin, it is important to know that no matter your age, you have the option to get divorced. Wisconsin is a no fault state, and therefore, after staying married for your children or grandchildren, if you have decided your marriage is no longer for you, you have options.

When you get divorced after a long-term marriage (typically twenty years or more is considered long-term), finances are typically commingled, so this can complicate the divorce with arguments stemming around marital property/debt and maintenance (“spousal support”). In fact, maintenance is the most common dispute in a divorce with a long term marriage. What can simplify these later aged divorces, however, is that often there are no longer any minor children of the marriage.

Regardless of your age or your situation, it is always wise to seek legal counsel before you file for divorce. If you have any questions regarding divorce, please contact our office at 414-258-1644 to schedule a free initial office consultation or visit our website for more information.