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MARRIED AGING BABY BOOMERS RETIRE TOGETHER OR SEPARATELY
As we all know (and may secretly envy), single Baby Boomers are free to choose post-retirement goals and future plans, independent of anyone else's preferences.
Conversely, married boomers need to make joint decisions and reach consensus. Spouses with in-synch retirement plans and goals enter post-working lives in harmony - more or less.
In contrast, out-of-synch couples struggle to find common ground. Ideally, differences are resolved with a bit (a lot) of give-and-take.
If spouses do not settle differences, retirement-related conflicts may escalate to the point of breaking-up marriages.
Again, not always.
Some out-of-synch, financially secure boomers are experimenting with part-time, long-distance, dual-household marriages.
An example of a Baby Boomer part-time marriage:
One spouse retires and moves to a distant location. The other spouse stays put and chooses to keep working.
Both agree to connect with frequent phone calls and video chats, in-between regular visits to each other's residences.
Time will tell whether these marriages survive.
Do we need time to tell?
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