Gray Divorce: Splitting Up in Later-Life

August 31, 2022
Hosted by Maria Lucassen, CPRC, DTM

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For many women the dream of being married to the love of their life and having a beautiful family with children was a dream come true. However, often they had to accommodate and adjust their personal goals and wants for the sake of a happy family. When the kids have left the house for college there is no reason to stay in an unhappy marriage. On the episode today I discuss this growing trend with Linda Hershman, who is an expert on marriage counseling and late-life relationship issues. One in four married couples over age 50 divorce. These later-life breakups are known as gray divorces. More often than not, women are initiating the breakups. Join us as we talk about the reasons for gray divorce, the upsides, and the downsides of later-life breakups. The decision to split up after so many years has a huge impact on everyone involved, and knowing more about the challenges can give us a better understanding of this difficult situation. You can buy Linda’s book Gray Divorce: Everything You Need to Know About Later-Life Breakups on Amazon.com

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Maria Lucassen, CPRC, DTM

Maria is a highly experienced corporate career junkie who worked for over 40 years. She has a passion to help career women shift their perspective on creating and living a blissful retirement after they leave their 9 to 5 job.

She is the CEO of Maria Lucassen Coaching and organizes workshops for women who are ready to plan their retirement and helps them individually or in groups to prepare for a happy next phase in life that is fun, purposeful and affordable. Maria helps them to rock retirement and have the lifestyle that they want. As a speaker she engages her live or remote audiences with her refreshing and compassionate presentations.

She has worked and lived in several European countries. Her love of travel and curiosity about other cultures and traditions gives this show a global appeal to women everywhere. Her enthusiasm for the topic together with a zest for life make her a dynamic host that is inspiring women to dream about the next chapter in the book of life.

Maria has a Bachelors degree in hotel management from The Netherlands. At age 54 she earned a Master of Accounting degree from Florida Atlantic University. She is also an active member of Toastmasters International and received the highest award as Distinguished Toastmaster in 2019. She is a Certified Retirement Coach and member of the Retirement Coaches Association. She is one of 36 authors who described a major life event in a compilation book “What Have You Forbes’d Lately?”

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