Divorce & Family Lawyers North Shore

Divorce and Separation in Later Life

Helping you navigate the upheaval of a Grey Separation or Divorce


Having the right information is crucial.

Separating or getting divorced, no matter what your age, is difficult. However, a divorce later in life can pose its own unique considerations and make some of the expected consequences of a separation felt more sharply. If you are facing a Grey Separation or Divorce, having the right information is crucial so you can make informed decisions as to what steps you should take regarding your future and how to navigate the day-to-day road ahead during your separation and/or divorce.

At Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers we have senior, highly experienced Accredited Specialist Family Lawyers here to help you move forward with confidence.

What is a “Grey Divorce”?

There is a growing trend in couples divorcing later in life, with the average age of people getting divorced shifting to people aged in their mid-40s, and a significant increase in the numbers of those separating after the age of 50; often referred to as “Grey Divorce” or “Silver Splitters”.

Why is the incidence of older couples separating on the rise?

This may be due to several factors, including people marrying later, living longer, retiring later in life, maintaining their health and activity into older age, or even changing careers/aspirations later in life.

What are the unique challenges a Grey Separation or Divorce presents?

Couples separating later in life face different obstacles compared to those who separate in their younger years. If you are facing a divorce in later life, some of the areas you may need to consider include:

  • Jointly held assets – property, superannuation, businesses, investments.
  • Wills and estates including executors, beneficiaries, Powers of Attorney and guardianship appointments.
  • Finances – Divorce proceedings can pull the plug on your retirement plans and having to single-handedly shoulder bills you once shared, can drain your retirement savings.

Our approach to Grey Divorce

At Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers, we understand that family law matters can be very difficult for the people involved. Our approach is to explore all available options, including mediation, negotiation, collaborative law and litigation, in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

We believe that it’s our job to make it easier, by providing you with trusted advice and high-quality representation to deliver the best possible outcome. Enabling you to live the next chapter of your life with confidence.

Meet our experienced Accredited Specialist Family Lawyers

Our Accredited Specialists, Lisa Wagner, Principal/Managing Director and Christine La Cava, Senior Associate, have over 60 years combined experience in the field of Family Law.

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Lisa Wagner Principal/Managing Director

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
(University of Sydney)

Bachelor of Economics (Hons)
(University of Sydney)

Lisa Wagner has over 30 years’ experience as a specialist family lawyer. Having studied economics with Honours at the University of Sydney, Lisa is particularly adept at offering her client’s pragmatic commercial solutions. Her aim is to provide her clients with exceptional service, expert guidance and strong representation. Lisa is an Accredited Family Law specialist, a Collaboratively trained Family Lawyer and a nationally registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Lisa has an esteemed proven track record as an experienced litigator and skilful negotiator in all family law matters.

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Christine La Cava Senior Associate

Bachelor of Legal Studies
(Macquarie University)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
(College of Law)

Christine La Cava was admitted as a solicitor in 1988 and has worked exclusively in Family Law for the past fifteen (15) years. During a successful initial period with the NSW Attorney General’s Department, Christine held roles in Local Courts throughout NSW including as Chamber Magistrate, Clerk of the Court, Registrar and Coroner. For those matters that require Court intervention, Christine is experienced in the Court process having regularly appeared before Judges and Registrars in both the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Christine’s extensive experience, combined with her strong negotiating and communication skills and sensitive yet practical approach, will help make your family law experience as easy as a difficult situation can be. She is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and a Collaboratively trained Family Lawyer.

Contact us today, if you want to know more about how our experienced team of family lawyers can help you to navigate your grey separation or divorce.

You can also reach us on (02) 9437 0010 to discuss your matter in complete confidence and with no obligation.