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Couples whose kids have recently moved out are prone to divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2020 | Divorce

There are many reasons Texas couples will decide to end their marriage. While it is common for people who have had a relatively short marriage or got married when they were young to decide that they have irreconcilable differences, there are other circumstances in which divorce may occur. One that frequently arises is if the couple is 50 and older and an adult child moves out.

Confronting a so-called “empty nest” can be challenging. It may highlight issues that the couple has been ignoring. The general perception is that adult children leaving the home will give parents the opportunity to do things together based on their interests. However, after so long caring for children and adhering to their needs, the parents may discover that they are no longer as compatible as they were before.

A lack of mutual interests is a reason for many relationships coming to an end. The discovery that they only stayed together because of the children can be difficult to come to grips with. With the children gone, their lingering disputes that they pushed to the side come to the forefront. Signs that empty nesters are heading for a divorce include a spouse becoming withdrawn, finding hobbies and engaging in other diversions. Attempts can be made to salvage the relationship, but these strategies might fail.

While it may be worthwhile to attempt to save the marriage, there are cases in which there is nothing that can be done to fix the problems that drove the couple apart, leading to divorce. There are many factors to consider in the split, especially for couples who are older and established. Property division, savings and spousal support are all likely considerations. Having legal advice may be essential to resolving a case in the most favorable manner for all parties.