Over time, families undergo all kinds of changes. While matters such as divorce, remarriage, grandchildren, housing, care-giving or the death of a spouse can affect any family, there may be unique considerations for older adults facing these changes and challenges.
A couple that is married are considered spouses for legal purposes. Couples who are not married are also legally considered spouses after they live together for a certain period of time. Spouses have certain rights and obligations towards each other. These include family property rights and in some cases the obligation to pay spousal support.
Older adults may enter into a new relationship after divorce or the death of a spouse. There are a number of issues for older adults to consider when deciding to enter into a new relationship.
Sometimes grandchildren’s visits to grandparents stop when their parents separate or divorce. Sometimes grandparents want more control over the way their grandchildren are being raised. In some cases, if the parties are unable to resolve their disagreements, they turn to the courts. In the event that the courts become involved the best interests of the children will be the deciding factor.