Domestic Partnerships in Washington State

Domestic Partnerships were created in Washington State as a sort of marriage substitute. They are codified in RCW 26.60. To have a Domestic Partnership in Washington, you need to register the partnership with the state. To register a Domestic Partnership in Washington you must fall into one of two...

Divorce at 50

My friend Mark Weiss recently pointed out an article containing the personal story of a woman, Joy Cipoletti, who divorced at the age of 50 - Why I Divorced My Husband Right Before My 50th Birthday. She was young enough to still have children at home, but old enough to be running her own business....

Splitting Up after Long Term Marriage

I recently saw a column in the Seattle Times by Carolyn Hax.  In it, a man who has been married for 38 years asks: "I feel as though my wife wants to control and smother me and wants more time from me than I can give her. Things are complicated by the fact that my wife just retired, and I probably...

What to Consider When You’re Over 50 and Getting a Divorce

Divorce among those over 50 used to be rare, but increasingly couples are deciding to divorce later in life, sometimes after decades of marriage. In fact, a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, Aging Baby Boomers Boost Divorce Rate Among Older Adults, showed that while divorce rates are down i...

Considering Divorce After 50

It used to be rare for older couples to divorce, but it's becoming more common place. In fact recent research at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University in Ohio found that while the national divorce rate has dropped, the rate among baby boomers, now in thei...