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March 09, 2019.
posted in Divorce

On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.

Love can be as deep as the oceans or as fickle as a flea jumping from animal to animal. They say that if a friendship passes 10 years then it will more than likely last a lifetime. One would think the same would go for people who are married, but that isn’t the case. In the United States, the divorce rate wavers between 40-50%. The most popular age group to divorce are those in their 40’s.

A divorce litigator suggested that this age group is more open to divorce because when a couple gets married they often have children. The children become the focal point of the relationship. But happens when the children grow up? move out? Get their own lives? That means the couples have to re-evaluate who they are and what they are going to do together. Some take this time of reflection to see that they aren’t happy; they are ready to move on. What if you are twice that of 40? What if you are 80 and ready for a divorce? What if you are older?

An “Epic Battle” For Love

Unfortunately, love does not conquer all and sometimes you have to let go in order to be happy; no matter what your age. This is the case of Lucille “Lovey” Handelsman to her husband of Burt. They were married for over 60 years and have quite literally built an empire of real estate worth $500 million. This real estate is from Florida to New York and their three children are heavily involved.

Lovey is divorcing Burt because he has had an affair and professed his love for the new woman. Well, the woman wasn’t really new. She was their legal advisor at the young age of 62. Lovely claims that Burt and the woman have been hiding assets and moving money around to strip his children of their fair share of the wealth. This contentious divorce is running high on emotions. The adult children are hurt and the future of their empire is at stake. Because Florida is an equitable state when it comes to dividing property, Lovey hopes the court determines the divorce so she can get her fair share of assets and property at 50%. If she were to die then she may get as little as 30% which would go to her children.

The End Result

Even though we don’t know the outcome yet, this kind of tale is not as foreign as you may think. First, you can divorce at any age for any reason. Second, divorce is complicated. Lovey and Burt may be unique in their age, but their fighting about property and assets are completely common. Contested divorces can be toxic emotionally and hefty financially. Our property division attorney at The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale is ready to keep your divorce on track. We have the resources and strategies to ensure that your divorce happens quickly and as smoothly as possible. Call 954-533-2756 or click here to start a conversation with our professional staff today. We are ready to represent you and get your new life started on the right path.

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