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Older divorces likely caused by several factors

Research has shown that the increasing divorce rate is finally leveling off. But while the average across all demographics has plateaued, it seems that one demographic in particular is seeing higher levels of divorce than most would expect. Some call it gray divorce, others call it silver divorce, but the fact of the matter is that people over the age of 60 are calling their marriages off at a much higher rate than other groups. According to divorce statistics, the rate amongst people over this age in some parts of the world increased by 73 percent from 1991 to 2011. This changing of the family law landscape has many people in Jersey City, New Jersey, worried about their marriages, particularly when it comes to the division of assets.

The reason for this increase is multi-faceted and may speak to the views that society holds regarding divorce and marriage. Perhaps the most important change that has influenced this divorce rate is the increasing life expectancy of both women and men. With a low chance of getting divorced each year of life, individuals who live longer have more years to be exposed to that chance. And with more years ahead of them, many people -- baby boomers, in particular -- are realizing that they no longer want to spend the rest of their lives with the individuals they chose to marry. A lifetime is a long time and it's longer now than it has ever been before.

Some researchers believe that an increased amount of women in the workplace is to blame for the increase in older divorces. Many women no longer feel that they must rely on a man for their financial stability. By acquiring their own resources, they realize that they can be independent and decide that if they are unhappy, the relationship can be lost because they can support themselves. With all of these changes, the stigma behind divorce is becoming less and less. So, if you are in a marriage that you are no longer happy with, speak with a family law specialist to determine what options you can pursue for divorce.


Source: 
Family Law Week, "'Silver' divorces show marked increase since the 1990s" No Author Given, Aug. 06, 2013

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