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Divorce of Elderly Spouses

What happens when you are 83 and your husband announces:

  1. He wants a divorce; and
  2. He is leaving you for a childhood sweetheart(!); and
  3. He tells you to get the house ready to sell, he's moving in with the girl (used lightly here)friend; and
  4. He has the military pension, the greater civil pension and higher social security and he is telling you how much he will give you every month?

You do not sign anything he gives you until you make an appointment with Attorney Reiley.

Divorce In Retirement

Divorces are real for people of retirement age. There are more issues such men women face than just property division and spousal support, which is known as maintenance in Wisconsin.

What if one spouse is in a nursing home?
What if the spouses have guardianship over a grandchild?

Their spouse may need a guardian if he or she is found to be incompetent. Pensions are in pay status. There may be an adult child of the marriage or of only one spouse for whom a spouse signed a student loan that is now in collection against the spouse or spouses, depleting the social security of one or both. Each spouse needs to change his or her health care power of attorney and will.

Divorce is hard for most people, but the clients I have had over the age of 70 or 80, are not only facing the end of a relationship, they are just that much closer to seeing their own end. As with everybody else, perspective, great back up and a sense of humor helps go through divorce and come out the other side. The time we have on this earth matters, the present matters and the person you hire as your family law attorney matters.

See Also:
Cohabitation Dispute Resolution | Mediation | Wisconsin Child Support | Spousal Support aka Alimony
Attorney Kathleen Reiley | Family Law Overview

Wisconsin State Licensed Attorney:

Attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Reiley exclusively practices law in the state of Wisconsin.

Practice Focus on Divorce and Family Law:

Attorney Reiley focuses her law practice in the area of family law, handling legal separation, Divorce, cohabitation, same sex marriages and divorces, child custody, legal custody, physical placement of minor children, child support, spousal support, paternity, marital property issues, and guardianships.

Divorce Trial Litigation and Divorce Mediation:

With more than thirty years of experience in family law, Attorney Reiley has also participated in the Dane County Bar Association Mediation Project since its inception. Attorney Reiley offers mediation services and divorce mediation, as well as collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce, contested divorce, litigated trial divorce, stipulated divorce, uncontested divorce, divorce of elderly spouses, spousal support (alimony), extensive real estate matters involved in divorce, post divorce modifications and actions, and child support modifications.


Kathleen Reiley, SC
Reiley Law Offices
7161 N Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin 53217
Telephone: (414) 369-6309
Website: ReileyLaw.com

Regular Business Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Geographic Focus:

Attorney Reiley most frequently represents people in Sheboygan, Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin


Bayside, Brown Deer, Cudahy, Fox Point, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee, Oak Creek, River Hills, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, and Saint Francis, & Wisconsin.


Bayside, Belgium, Cedarburg, Fredonia, Grafton, Mequon, Newburg, Port Washington, Saukville, Thiensville, & Waubeka, Wisconsin.


Sheboygan, Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove, Waldo, Gibbsville, Sheboygan Falls, Oostburg, Adell, Cascade, Plymouth, Howards Grove, Glenbeulah, Mosel, Kohler, Random Lake, Greenbush, and Hingham, Wisconsin.


Allenton, Germantown, Hartford, Jackson, Kewaskum, Newburg, Richfield, Slinger, & West Bend, Wisconsin.


Big bed, Brookfield, Butler, Chenequa, Delafield, Dousman, Eagle, Elm Grove, Hartland, Lac La Belle, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Merton, Mukwonago, Muskego, Nashotah, New Berlin, North Prairie, Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Lake, Okauchee Lake, Pewaukee, Summit Village, Sussex, Wales, & Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Call Milwaukee Divorce Attorney Reiley Today:

To speak with Attorney Reiley regarding your situation, please call (414-369-6309) her or send her an email.

Kathleen Reiley, S.C.
7161 North Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin, 53217

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 170364
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53217

Located in North Milwaukee in the Glendale community.
Attorney Reiley's practice reaches across Milwaukee County and into surrounding Jefferson, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties.