after 40 years of marriage, former us vice president, al gore, has separated from his wife, tipper.
Al Gore is aged 62 and his wife 61 years. They have four adult children.
This highly public “Baby Boomer’ separation has led to a flurry of comments in the US about the unique issues facing older couples when they separate. While the precise issues in America are likely to be different to those in Australia, due to differences in family, tax and social security laws, it remains the case that “divorce after 50” does raise unique and difficult issues, wherever the couple might have been living.
Often there has only been one primary breadwinner and, therefore, one person’s superannuation was intended to support both people through retirement. Often a “Boomer” wife may not have worked outside the home since the (now adult) children were born. If retirement age has not yet been reached or if there aren’t sufficient retirement funds to properly support both people, she might be faced with the overwhelming prospect of having to try to re-enter the workforce after many years as a homemaker.
There may also be issues for both the husband and wife about re-creating a social life and a network of friends as a newly single person, because divorce has the potential to be very isolating for an older person, particularly if it comes after a 30 or 40+ year marriage.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.