April 30, 2013

Are "Grey Divorces" Booming?

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Experienced dissolution of marriage attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach report that the overall rate of divorcing among individuals may be decreasing. However, with baby boomers, the rate of ended marriages seems to be increasing. Susan L. Brown, a co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, recently reported in an op-ed piece in the L.A. Times that fewer than 10 percent of those who got divorced in 1990 were ages 50 or older.

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Today, 1 in 4 people divorcing falls into this age group. What accounts for the rise in "gray divorces"? Potential explanations include:

  1. Today we live in an era of individualized marriages in which those who wed have high expectations for marital success. People want and expect marriages to provide them with self-fulfillment and personal satisfaction. If a marriage is not achieving these goals, then dissolution of marriage is an acceptable solution;
  2. Baby boomers are more likely than previous generations to have already experienced divorce and remarriage. And, statistically speaking, those remarriages are at greater risk for ending. In part, these marriages may tend to be more fragile due to relationship challenges associated with forming a step-family. They also may involve individuals who have demonstrated their willingness to end their marriage in the event of an unsatisfactory marriage;
  3. Another factor in the growing rate of late-in-life dissolutions of marriage includes the increasing tendency of couples to reassess their unions at life-turning points, such as an empty nest or retirement. With lengthening life spans, it is not unusual for men and women who are aged 65 to expect to live 20 or more years. This is a long time to spend with someone you may not like much anymore.

It appears that the increased divorcing rate among the graying population of baby boomers is a trend that is likely to last for some period of time. 


Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney Charles D. Jamieson understands that divorce is an extremely sensitive and important issue. Thanks to extensive experience and a focus on open communication, Attorney Jamieson adeptly addresses the complex issues surrounding dissolution of marriage while delivering excellent personal service. If you are 50 years old or older and are involved in or contemplating divorcing, the immediately contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. or call 561-478-0312 to schedule a consultation.

Sources:  LA Times 


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