Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Senior Divorce Rates on the Rise

The number of older couples finding their way to a San Jose divorce lawyer has been increasing.  According to new statistics from a study conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University, divorce rates involving adults above the age of 50, doubled between 1990 and 2010.
The study of senior divorces found that the divorce rate for senior citizens was 2.5 times higher for those who were in their 2nd marriages, compared to first marriages.  Now that baby boomers are entering their 60s, it is likely that we may see an increase in the number of divorce rates, as people who have remarried find their marriages crumbling.
The reason why divorce rates are increasing in the above-50 category is the fact that people are now living much longer than they did a few decades ago.  That means that more seniors are asking themselves whether they want to live in unhappy, or less than satisfying, marriages with the same spouses that they married many years ago. 
Financial independence also seems to be a key reason why so many older women choose divorce as an option, compared to just a few decades back.  Women are more economically independent than their mothers and grandmothers were, and have the financial ability to take care of themselves.
Besides, in the case of couples who are above 50 years of age, the children are grown up, and may not really be an issue to worry about.  This is unlike in the case of younger couples, who may decide to stay together purely for the sake of the children.
Among other findings in the study was the fact that the United States now has the highest divorce rate in the world.  About 45% of marriages in the United States are now expected to end with a trip to a divorce lawyer. 

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