Family Law Blog

Seniors Now Constitute Significant Divorce Population

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Since 1990, divorce rates involving senior citizens above the age of 50 have increased significantly across the United States. The rate has doubled in the above- 60 group. Those increased divorce rates come at a time when divorce rates in almost every other age category are actually down.

There are a number of reasons for why those divorce rates have been increasing in the senior population, even as they have been dropping among other age categories. There are a number of factors that spike the divorce rate for seniors. For instance, seniors are much more likely to suffer from the “empty nest” syndrome, when their children are grown up, and they have the house to themselves. That automatically leads to thoughts about the meaning of life, and seniors begin to evaluate their lives. They may look around, and believe that they do not want the same kind of life with the same person for the next 20 or 30 years.

Besides, seniors can now expect to live for much longer than they used to a couple of decades ago. Longer lives means seniors who don't want to live that many years in possibly unsatisfying relationships. In other words, seniors are at a stage of their life where they are beginning to reevaluate their lives, and that means reevaluating their relationships.

Additionally, seniors may be in a much more financially comfortable position, and also may not struggle with issues of how the divorce will be handled by their children. When you know that your adult children are likely to be happy with whatever is best for you, you are much more comfortable about making the decision to walk out.

However, just because those divorce rates have increased, doesn't mean that there are no problems in a senior divorce. Senior women, for instance, who, haven't worked in a long time, may be much at a much higher risk of financial disaster during a divorce. Discuss your situation and your circumstances with a San Jose divorce lawyer.