Jones Law Firm, PC Articles Divorce Rate Doubles for Older Americans

Divorce Rate Doubles for Older Americans

By Jones Law Firm, PC  Jun. 17, 2013 11:33a

Called the "gray divorce" trend, more Americans aged 50 and above are getting divorced according to statistics. Back in 1990, one in ten divorces in this country involved people in the 50-plus age group. In today's world, that statistic has jumped to one in four. According to a study by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research done at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the divorce rate among this age group has doubled between the years 1990 and 2010. Factors contributing to the huge increase include more seniors in the population, more women with their own careers and independent income, less social stigma involved in divorce, and the no-fault divorce rules that apply in states across the nation.

Generally, the more educated the individuals in a marriage are, the less likely they are to divorce. Other factors also work in favor of marriages, such as the trend towards marrying later, after college educations have been completed and partners are earning sufficient incomes. An additional factor which poses a risk to marriage is unemployment, which causes financial stress on the partners.

Traditionally, retirees have enjoyed the lowest rates of divorce. That may be changing, however, with the rapidly increasing divorce rate among the over-50 crowd. Along with changes in the divorce rate among this group are changes in how divorce will affect these older Americans. Issues such as health insurance, home equity, and the lack of job skills for an older individual, such as a mother who has stayed at home for her children's sake, can all be troublesome matters which will seriously affect the outcome and long-term effects for many.

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