The divorce rate for people over 50 has been increasing over the past 20 years, and a recent study suggests that the number of people divorcing has doubled during that time. While the children may have grown and left home, there are still several considerations Minnesota empty nest divorcé/es should think about while separating.
Anyone divorcing in Minnesota must go through mediation before a divorce will be granted, but even with mediation one Minneapolis man wishes he and his ex-wife had clarified some issues before their split was finalized. For one thing, the former couple did not decide how to spend holidays or birthdays with their children and grandchildren after the split. Family law experts suggest that you try to plan visits and discuss how they will affect your former spouse.
Another factor to consider is whether you will be able to maintain your lifestyle, even with spousal support. If you can’t, do you want to let your former spouse buy your shares to marital property? Even though you may be granted half of your combined property, you may not be able to afford mortgages or installment payments without your ex-spouse’s income, and if you can’t, what will you do with it. Would you rather sell something you can’t afford to your former spouse or to a stranger?
While the Minneapolis man and his ex-wife have an amicable relationship, they still live together even after their divorce has been finalized. The man bought his wife’s share of the marital home, but allowed her to live there while she looked for a more affordable home. Unfortunately, the couple never talked about having a firm date for her to move out and now she continues to live with him while she waits to close on a new home.
Even though empty nest divorces don’t involve child custody issues, they still need to be handled carefully. One of the best things Minnesota couples can do is to communicate and try to make decisions about possible post-divorce issues before any divorce judgment is finalized.
Source: MainStreet, “10 Tips to Navigate Empty Nest Divorce,” Aug. 29, 2011