A road map for late-life divorce
Divorce can be emotionally devastating at any time, but the emotional and financial challenges are even greater for people who divorce later in life and can face complicated issues of blended families, health care concerns, and retirement planning.
Attorney Janice Green brings 30-plus years of experience as a divorce lawyer, and in particular her experience counseling clients over 50, to Divorce After 50. She addresses:
• Divorce options (including mediation and collaborative divorce)
• How to receive the best guidance from lawyers and professional advisers
• Dividing marital property fairly
• Retirement plan rules
• Spousal support (alimony)
• How divorce affects estate planning
• Keeping good health care (updated to include new rules under the Affordable Care Act)
The book also includes divorce survival stories that illustrate your options and provide encouragement. They got through it, and with the help of Divorce After 50 , you can, too.
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About the Author
Attorney Janice L. Green has practiced family law for more than 30 years. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, named to Best Lawyers in America, and a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer.
Ms. Green writes and speaks on Divorce and “Gray Divorce” issues. She has been interviewed and quoted in numerous national and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Kiplinger's Retirement Report, Bottom Line, AARP Bulletin, Consumer ReportPersonal and many other national print and online publications. Ms. Green has also appeared on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation, Huffington Post's "Live" and on ABC's top rated show, "View from the Bay."
Table of Contents
Your Late-Life Divorce Companion
Chapter 1 How Did I Get Here? The Rhyme and Reason
Chapter 2 Getting Guidance - The Professional Side
Chapter 3 Getting Guidance - The Personal Side
Chapter 4 Your Divorce Options
Chapter 5 Marital Property: Steps to a Fair Division
Chapter 6 The Big-Ticket Items: Your Home, Your Retirement, and Your Family Business
Chapter 7 More About Assets - And What They're Worth
Chapter 8 The Bad News: Debts and Taxes
Chapter 9 The Health Care Puzzle
Chapter 10 Your Financial Survival
Chapter 11 Estate Planning and Divorce
Chapter 12 The End Game: Finishing Up and Moving On
Chapter 13 Survival Stories
Appendix A Inventory of Assets and Liabilities
Appendix B State Risk Pool Contact Information
Appendix C Assessing Your Living Expenses
Divorce is always a time of upheaval, but after age 50, it has a feel, context, and issues different from a marital disruption at a younger age. Having more years behind you than ahead changes one’s focus and needs. Estate planning, financial planning, health care costs, mental capacity events, involvement of adult children, and more immediate retirement calculations are significant inquiries and concerns in an older divorce.
What prompted my writing Divorce After 50 was the fact that few divorce attorneys were paying attention to these relevant issues, and I wanted potential divorce clients to be effective self-advocates and consumers of legal services and be better prepared to make monumental decisions impacting the remainder of their lives.