If you are a woman divorcing after the age of 50, it’s a tough transition at a time when you are already transitioning anyway. Especially if the divorce is not your idea or desired, it can be particularly wrenching.
So how does one cope with a so-called “gray divorce?” While much depends on the financial circumstances with which you will be left, it’s a good chance that you will be downsizing some aspects of your life at the very least.
If you decide to keep the house, you may want to get one or more roommates to help with expenses. They can be women in your age range or college students who may be able to help out with some outdoor chores. Either way, having people around will make it harder to sink down into depression.
If you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, now’s the time to dust off your resume and reboot your skill-set. Take courses at the local college or online if necessary. Learn how to conquer social media like LinkedIn and other more professional sites so that you can network with others in the field in which you’re most interested.
Remember the value of benefits like health insurance and 401(k) plans when seeking employment. Taking a slight pay cut for better benefits may be a wiser choice at this point in your career trajectory.
If all of this seems too daunting for you and you can’t muster the gumption to get out of bed and tackle your new life, ask your family law attorney if he or she can recommend a good counselor for some short-term counseling to help you get back on track.
Source: Forbes, “How One Woman Overcame A Divorce Late In Life,” Tania Brown, accessed Sep. 09, 2016