Making the decision to divorce after many years of marriage is a difficult one. However, it will just be the first of many as you navigate the family court process, and it's important to know what to expect.
Property division is just one common area of divorce that often gets much more complicated the longer the two parties have been married. Couples who have been in a long-term marriage are likely to have a great deal of commingled assets, including joint bank accounts and high-value assets like real estate. Retirement accounts and pensions also come into play in these types of divorces, and it can be quite challenging to figure out how to equitably divide these assets.
Another major issue that often comes into play is spousal support or alimony. However, the laws and guidelines for these factors are always subject to change. It's important to discuss your case with a local attorney who is knowledgeable about any legislative changes and familiar with the judges you may be appearing before.
While those who have been married for decades may not have to deal with child custody battles and visitation schedules — although some will — there may be additional factors that need to be considered in the divorce. For example, if the parties are currently paying for their children's college education, who will be responsible for that moving forward?
No matter your situation or what may be a factor in the divorce process, talking with an attorney is the absolute first step. We can help you better understand both your circumstances and your options.