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Friday, November 27, 2015

New York Times Reports on Dramatic Increase in "Gray Divorces"

What is a “gray divorce?”

According to a recent article published in The New York Times, the concept of a “gray divorce” – or, later-in-life dissolution –- is becoming a less-stigmatized, more accepted course of action for older couples seeking a fresh start.

Where many couples may have historically opted to just “stick it out,” today’s Baby Boomers are choosing to pursue happiness and freedom from the confines of a marital union long past its expiration date. If you, too, are considering a gray divorce, make sure to be advised by an experienced and reputable family law attorney.

According to statistics, in 2014, couples over the age of 50 were twice as likely to pursue divorce as their 1990 counterparts. The National Center for Family and Marriage Research reports that divorce rates in couples aged 65 and older is even higher. This is, at first, surprising, considering that divorce at this stage would have been unthinkable just a generation ago.

Reasons for Divorces in Later Years

What are the contributing factors to this dramatic increase in divorces among older couples? For one, life expectancies in the United States continue to rise, leading many seniors to yearn to seize their remaining years cloaked in happiness and contentment. Moreover, couples at this age are typically parents to adult-age children, who no longer feel the need to stay together to keep the family intact while children grow up and develop. Also, since older individuals are more likely to have been married before, and since there is a higher rate of divorce among people who have already been divorced, the statistical cards are somewhat stacked against the longevity of a second or third marriage.

Pursuing a divorce later in life presents in own set of challenges, particularly when it comes to dividing assets and marital property. To ensure fair and adequate treatment throughout the process, be sure to contact a knowledgeable and skilled family law attorney.

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