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Divorce Presents Unique Challenges for Couples 50 and Older

 Posted on July 21, 2015 in Divorce

Illinois gray divorce, Naperville divorce lawyerThe divorce rate in the United States has been on the decline for the past 30 years. Unfortunately, that statistic only applies to younger couples, specifically those under 50. Older couples (50+) are experiencing the highest divorce rate ever for their age group. According to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), in the age 50+ demographic, the decision to begin divorce proceedings is initially made by the wife in more than 60 percent of cases.

Longer Life Expectancy is Leading to Cultural Shifts in Society

The reasons that older couples are divorcing at a much higher rate have to do with cultural, health, and social reasons. In a country where more than half of marriages fail, divorce has become part of the culture and is now considered an acceptable social norm. Additionally, with Baby Boomers living longer, partnership is viewed more critically. Older individuals want to enjoy their retirement to the fullest and are more likely to end an unhappy relationship than previous generations.

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