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EMPOWERING CLIENTS

SEEKING SILVER DIVORCE

NAVIGATING DIVORCE OVER 50

Divorces among people over 50, often referred to as silver or gray divorces, have doubled since 1990. Even when the relationship is no longer rewarding for either party, partners who are considering dissolving marriages later in life may shy away from the process because it can be painful - emotionally and financially. 

At Gage-Michaels Law Firm, we believe in marriage and in empowering spouses to end a union on their own terms. We strive to make the entire experience as healthy and amicable as possible. We offer mediation and collaborative divorces for couples who are serious about reaching consensus. We are also ready to vigorously litigate for you if an agreement cannot be reached. 

For those clients whose moral or religious beliefs prevent them from seeking a divorce, we also provide representation in legal separations, which can provide very valuable financial protections for couples who wish to stay married but can no longer cohabitate. 

Contact us to learn more about what option will suit you and your spouse the best.

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ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS

Attorney Andrea Gage-Michaels always keeps your stability and wellbeing front of mind. 

Questions about Family Law?

What is a gray divorce?


A gray or silver divorce is a family law action intended to terminate a marriage for a person over the age of 50. Gray and silver divorces among people over 50 have doubled since 1990.




How can a late-life divorce attorney help me?


A complex legal issue like a divorce can affect a 70-year-old client much differently than a 30-year-old, so it is important to select an attorney who is both knowledgeable in family law and attuned to the needs of older people. With an elder lawyer, you can find the empathy and compassion you need and deserve in an advocate. Elder lawyers have a long checklist of issues to consider when providing legal advice to a mature client, including how decisions will affect an older client’s housing, their long-term financial well-being (especially if the client is on a fixed income), their autonomy, and their quality of life.




Is it best to divorce before or after retirement?


Even when the relationship is no longer rewarding for either party, partners who are considering dissolving marriages later in life may shy away from the process because it can be painful emotionally and financially. There is no easy time to get a divorce. But it’s never too late to choose a life that is free from conflict. If you decided to stay together for children who are now grown, your senior years may be the best time to dissolve your marriage. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the process before or after retirement.




What am I entitled to if I was the main homemaker in a long-term marriage?


In Wisconsin, the main homemaker in a long-term marriage can be entitled to up to half of the property acquired during the marriage, plus monthly maintenance payments (sometimes referred to as alimony). Homemakers may not have earned wages during their marriages, but the contributions they made to their households are invaluable. If you are a homemaker considering a divorce, it’s important to consult with an attorney and learn about your rights as a spouse. While there are no guarantees, being represented by an attorney is also very helpful if you are hoping to stay in the marital home after your divorce.