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After Years Together, More Older Couples Splitting Up

Divorce later in life – commonly known as “gray” or “silver” divorce – is not only becoming more popular, but it is also becoming less taboo, according to a recent New York Times article. In fact, statistics compiled by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research revealed that people age 50 and older were twice as likely to call it quits in 2014 than in 1990. When the NCFMR looked at those aged 65 and older, the likelihood of divorce was even higher.

If you or someone you know is thinking about divorce – no matter what stage of life you are in – contact a seasoned Orlando divorce attorney to learn about your rights and obligations under state law.

The Phenomenon Explained

Notably, divorce rates among other age groups have stayed the same or even decreased over the same time. One factor that may be contributing to the increase in separation is that many of these older couples are in their second or third marriage; statistically, divorce rates are as much as two and a half times higher for those who have remarried. Issues that may add to the difficulties of staying together include the complications that come with blended marriages or greater financial difficulties later in life.

Beyond multiple nuptials, sociologists believe that longer life expectancy also has to do with the increase in divorce rates among older individuals. Some couples may be looking at the possibility of an additional 20 to 30 years of marriage while already being in their 50s. If the relationship is mediocre – or not satisfying or loving – a spouse may want to venture out to look for a better future.

Another telling factor in this type of divorce is that separation no longer holds the stigma that it once did in the past. From celebrities to politicians to everyday couples, marriages are often splitting up after 30, 40 or even 50 years of communion.

Finally, the changing status of women has given them the power to decide whether or not to stay in a marriage. According to AARP, 60 percent of divorces after age 40 are initiated by the wife. While these numbers do not point to men being happy in their marriages, it shows that women have higher expectations when it comes to the emotional part of their life. And, while women still earn less than men (and, thus, receive less in Social Security benefits in their later years) more than half of women age 55 to 64 are employed, giving them an independent source of income unlike prior generations. Accordingly, while some older divorcees dive back into a relationship, others choose to remain single.

We Are Here to Help

If you and your spouse are facing divorce, it is important to weigh all factors prior to making a final decision. Divorce affects several aspects of daily life including property distribution, spousal support, and time-sharing. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an experienced Orlando divorce attorney first, in order to properly consider all of the options available to you under the law. The legal professionals at Steve W. Marsee, P.A. serve families throughout central Florida with years of family law experience. Call today 407-521-7171 to schedule your initial consultation.

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