Can You Divorce After 50 Years of Marriage in Massachusetts?

Older couple getting divorced in Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts, it is possible to divorce after any duration of marriage, including after 50 years. The process and considerations for what is known as a “gray divorce” (divorcing after the age of 50) involve specific challenges, particularly regarding the division of retirement accounts, pensions, and other assets accumulated over a long marriage​​. Massachusetts is an “equitable distribution” state, meaning that assets and debts are divided fairly, but not necessarily equally, during a divorce​​. There are no special prohibitions or different rules applied solely because a marriage has lasted for a significant length of time.

Introduction to Gray Divorce
in Massachusetts

Massachusetts law allows for divorce regardless of how long you’ve been married. The term “gray divorce” refers to couples over 50 seeking to dissolve their marriage. It has become increasingly common and carries unique financial and emotional considerations. We approach each case with sensitivity to your specific circumstances, ensuring you’re aware of your rights and options.

Navigating the Division of Assets

One of the most complex aspects of a gray divorce is asset division. Massachusetts follows the equitable distribution rule, which means that assets and liabilities are divided fairly, not necessarily equally. In long-term marriages, this often includes:

  • retirement accounts,
  • pensions, real estate, and
  • other investments.

We’ll work together to evaluate these assets thoroughly to reach a just division.

Alimony and Retirement Plans

In the wake of recent reforms, alimony laws in Massachusetts have changed, particularly affecting those in long-term marriages. The duration of the marriage now plays a significant role in determining alimony entitlement. Additionally, dividing retirement plans and pensions requires careful consideration to ensure financial security post-divorce. Our goal is to help you understand how these laws apply to you and to protect your future.

Support Through the Process

Divorce can be an emotional journey, especially after a lifetime together. You’re not just separating from a spouse but also from a shared history. Our firm provides not only legal support but also the compassion and understanding you need during this time. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible for you and your family.

Affordable Legal Representation

An affordable divorce is possible. At Afford Law, our fees are based on your income, so the less you earn, the less you pay. Our mission is to provide experienced legal help you can afford.

If you can’t afford our lower rates for a traditional attorney-client relationship, you have another option. Our legal coaching service can save you money and still give you access to a skilled attorney. In this arrangement, you represent yourself in court while we work with you behind the scenes to prepare you every step of the way. This service is available to you for one low monthly fee.

Conclusion and Next Steps

Choosing to divorce after 50 years is a courageous step towards a new chapter in your life. With the right legal counsel, you can navigate this process with confidence and clarity. Remember, it’s not just an end but also a new beginning. If you’re considering taking this step, reach out to us for a free consultation to discuss your unique situation and the compassionate guidance you deserve.

Legal Disclaimer

This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an attorney to discuss your specific circumstances and receive tailored guidance.

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