Several factors believed to influence spike in “gray” divorce
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Several factors believed to influence spike in “gray” divorce

| Apr 15, 2021 | Divorce

Divorce is common throughout California. Even though every couple that gets a divorce will have their own reasons for doing so, there are statistical trends that researchers use to formulate assessments. For example, it can be useful to analyze age groups. While there might be a belief that younger people get divorced more frequently, the numbers say otherwise. Older people are increasingly choosing to end a marriage. Regardless of the age and situation, it is important to understand the legal ramifications of a divorce and to be fully prepared.

Statistics say so-called “gray” divorce is on the upswing

Recent statistics say that people 50 and older are getting divorced at a faster pace. This has been ongoing for the past three decades with the rate approximately doubling. Among the factors playing into the increase is the disappearing stigma of divorce; people having a longer life expectancy; the decision to follow through on divorces that had been postponed; the statistical reality of second and subsequent marriages ending in divorce; and the health crisis.

Baby boomers were once expected to endure an unhappy marriage because divorce was rare and society viewed it negatively. That is no longer the case. The stigma being eliminated freed many women to move forward. When people are living longer, they do not see age 50 and up as the latter stages of life. The idea that they can live well for another 30 or so years inspires a reassessment and they choose to move on. Once children are grown and out of the house, people realize there is no reason to stay in an unsatisfying marriage. Older people are prone to having been married before and those who have been married have 2.5 times the chance of divorcing if they marry again. Finally, people were forced to spend more time together due to COVID-related lockdowns saw lingering tensions exacerbated, sparking divorce.

Having guidance is imperative in any family law case

Researchers point out that despite women having a better financial outlook than they did in the past, finances should not be ignored. Older women could see their household income decrease substantially and job prospects could be limited based on age, education level and experience. When getting a divorce, property division, alimony, child custody and child support are basic concerns. For older people, there may be fear about retirement accounts and being financially stable. Negotiations could be effective or the case might need to go to court. In any event, it is wise to have experienced guidance in ending the case as quickly and efficiently as possible. Consulting with professionals in family law may be essential from the start.