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Wheaton divorce lawyerA divorce under any circumstances can be difficult, but it can be especially painful when a couple has been married for a long time. The divorce rate among couples who are over 50 years old has steadily increased over the past few decades. 

Some couples wait until their kids are grown to go their separate ways, thinking their children will react to the break-up better if they are older. However, this may not always be the case. Studies show that even older kids who live on their own can be devastated by their parent’s divorce. This can translate to their own romantic relationships, making them leary of a commitment such as marriage. They can also feel stressed because they feel like they have to choose one parent over the other, especially in a high-conflict divorce. If you are concerned about how your gray divorce will affect your grown children, below are some issues to consider when helping them through the transition. 

Tips for Helping Older Kids Cope

Society often tells us that after a certain age, a child is no longer a kid and is considered a “grown-up.” That may be true in certain situations, but even adult children still need their parents from time to time. They may be in shock at the news of their parents splitting up after being together their entire childhood. What they thought was a solid family foundation is now torn apart, which may leave them feeling sad, angry, guilty, and lost. 

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