Divorces Rise Amongst Aging Demographic
- January 5, 2015
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A study on divorce rates in America that has been recently published indicates that divorces amongst the older demographic seems to be on the rise. According to the study, “Gray Divorce: A Growing Risk Regardless of Class or Education,” authored by Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin of Bowling State University approximately 25% of all divorces between 2010 and 2014 were between couples aged 50 years or older. The United States of America currently maintains the highest divorce rate in the world with about 45% of all marriages ending in divorce. This has been the trend over the last two decades, but the number of people who are over the age of 50 and seeking divorces seems to be increasing faster than any other demographic. According to the study, the rate of divorce for people who fall into this age group has doubled in the last two decades. People in this demographic appear to be divorcing for many of the same reasons that other age groups divorce such as: being bored in their marriages, searching for a different life, falling in love with another person, falling out of love with a spouse, or just general dissatisfaction. The aforementioned study points out that a reason that the older demographic may be seeing such a steep rise in divorce rates is because the age group is the first generation to seek divorces and remarry in large numbers when they were younger. At the point in their lives when they are attaining the age of 50 and above, many are on their second or even third marriages. Studies suggest that remarriages are less successful than first marriages. Further, the study indicates that divorce has much less of a social stigma than it historically has had and therefore people are more likely to seek divorces today than they would a few decades ago. Finally, another reason for the rise of divorces in this age group could be because woman today have more financial resources than they have had in the past which provides them with the security to leave unhappy marriages that they may have remained in if such resources were not available to them. Going through a contested or uncontested divorce at any age can be one of the most most emotional and complex times in a person’s life. If you are involved in a divorce it is extremely important that you seek out the advice of an experienced attorney before moving forward. For more information about divorce, uncontested divorce, contested divorce, spousal support, or other family law matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.This blog is for informational purposes and is in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney.