In Washington and across the country, people age 50 and over are often part of a rising trend. Those in this age group are filing for divorce at a rate much higher than their younger counterparts. When high assets are at stake, a spouse must be careful to protect his or her financial interests.
Older people who have been married 10, 20, 30 years or more might be worried about retirement benefits, investments and other financial issues if they decide to divorce. Such worry is not unfounded, as financial advisers and many family law attorneys often say that things can get quite messy in a late-life divorce. The good news is that a spouse need not go it alone in court; he or she can ask an experienced litigator to act on his or her behalf.