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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.

More Senior American Couples Head to Divorce Court

Friday, February 28, 2014

Baby boomers are breaking records for divorce rates. According to data, American seniors above the age of 50 are now twice as likely to get divorced, compared to people of the same age barely 2 decades ago. Los Angeles divorce lawyers are increasingly coming across divorce cases involving seniors, who have been married for two or three decades or even more, who decide to end their marriage.

The reasons for divorce in the golden years can be quite different from those involved when the divorcing couple is in the 30s or 40s. In the case of a senior couple, it's not always financial reasons, or adultery that is the main cause of the end of the marriage. In fact, in the case of seniors, it's very often a parting of ways that usually begins to manifest itself when the children have grown up and left the home. Many seniors suffer from the “empty nest syndrome”, and may not be able to handle that their biggest accomplishment as a couple over the years - raising their children - is no longer the glue that holds them together. In the absence of joint interests or passions - which may not have mattered much when they were younger - an older couple may find that they have nothing in common anymore.

Additionally, compared to a young woman in her 30s or 40s, a senior woman above the age of 50 maybe well-established in her career. Financial independence does play a factor in an older woman's decision to file for divorce.

Back in 1990, according to experts, the rate of persons above the age of 50 getting divorced was less than one in 10. Currently, as many as one in four people consulting a divorce lawyer are above the age of 50.