Studies have shown that more Americans over the age of 50 are choosing to divorce these days.
Are you finding it difficult to connect with your spouse now that your children are grown and out of the house? Have you started to question whether continuing the marriage is the right choice for you? If so, you should know that you are by no means alone.
In fact, according to experts, the divorce rate among Americans over the age of 50 is at an all-time high these days. This trend – often referred to as “gray divorce” – was analyzed by researchers at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.
They found that the divorce rate for Americans over 50 years of age has risen more than two times in the past few decades. According to the researchers, Americans over 50 were involved in one out of every 10 divorces in 1990. By 2010, one out of every four divorces in the United States involved people aged 50 and above.
As people grow older, the divorce rate has risen even higher, according to researchers from the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota. For Americans between the ages of 60 and 65, the divorce rate has tripled since 1990.
Why are gray divorces becoming so common?
Researchers have identified many reasons for the rise in gray divorces across the country. They specifically point to Americans’ increasing life expectancy. As people live longer, they are less willing to stay in unhappy marriages after they have retired. This is particularly true of women. As women have become more financially independent over the years – due to an increased presence in the workforce – they have started filing for divorce in rising numbers.
In addition, many people who are now in their 50s and 60s – the so-called Baby Boomer generation – are currently on a second or third marriage. In the 1970s, there was a surge in the number of divorces, also attributed to this generation. As many are now in subsequent marriages, the likelihood of divorce increases. According to the Bowling Green University study, second and third marriages are 2.5 times more likely to result in divorce than first marriages.
Finally, there is no longer the stigma associated with divorce that older generations had to surmount. These days, divorce is generally recognized as a wise choice for individuals who are no longer satisfied in their marriage.
If your marriage is no longer productive and you are concerned about dividing assets after a lengthy union, you should obtain the counsel of a skilled family law attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to ensure your interests are protected during the dissolution.
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