While divorce rates overall have dropped, the rate of divorce of people over 50 around the country has continued to climb, to about double what it was in 1990, according to a study by Bowling Green State University researchers. Experts say longer lifespans, the reduction of social stigma attached to divorce and other factors have all contributed to the increase.
Although their younger peers are certainly not immune to thinking about or going through with a divorce, seniors are more likely to think long-term about the state of their marriage and question whether the relationship is on sufficiently stable ground. Another major driver in the increased divorce rate among seniors is that many are on their second marriage, a key risk factor for future divorce. Additionally, seniors tend to be more financially stable than their younger counterparts, eliminating one crucial barrier to ending a marriage.
A study from Brigham Young University found that it is relatively normal to consider divorce, at least once in a while, but how much people think about marital stressors and divorce seems to be a major determinant in whether or not people elect to stay or go. BYU researchers say that people who think heavily about divorce heavily are more likely to experience serious marital problems than those who don't.
An attorney who has experience in family law can be of assistance to a client who is facing the end of a marriage. Regardless of a couple's age or how long the marriage has lasted, issues such as property division and alimony can often become contentious, and an attorney can often take over the negotiations of a settlement agreement when the discussions between the couple become heated.