This blog regularly reports on the changing demographics of divorce. One of the trends that has been documented is the rise in so-called gray divorces. In fact, the number of divorces involving couples over the age of 50 has doubled over the past 25 years. While a divorce at this age certainly has serious effects on retirement income, commentators are now looking into the effect such splits have on grandchildren.
Minnesota parents getting divorced know that custody concerns are paramount in a split. For parents with children who are parents, however, this is less of a concern. Grandchildren relationships, though, are now being raised as a concern or point of dispute in a split.
Grandparents are encouraged to do many of the things parents are encouraged to do in a split. Communication with the child is of the utmost importance. Making them feel like it is not their fault and they will not be adversely affected by the split is important. In addition, it is important to distance the grandchildren from the contentious nature of the split.
Legally, though, grandparent rights are not likely affected by a split. While there are certainly social things a divorcing individual can do to protect relationships in the future, divorces after kids are grown do not have to focus on custody matters.
As a result, local Twin Cities family law attorneys can help divorcing grandparents protect their retirement as well as any plans they may have to give to grandchildren. Too often, a late in life divorce can alter retirement or giving plans. This is unfortunate when someone has spent a lifetime working toward a goal. To protect these goals and dreams, it is vital to have an experienced professional in your corner.
Source: Huffington Post, “When Grandparents Divorce,” Marie Hartwell-Walker, March 3, 2014