Late-age divorces have become increasingly common, with older couples separating after being married for 30+ years. According to a study conducted by Bowling Green State University, despite the divorce rate declining in the United States, it is increasing for people over 50.
Divorce is a complex, strenuous, experience, and one of the most difficult anyone may face. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s no way around it. There’s a myriad of reasons couples get a late-age divorce, however there are certain circumstances that tend to be cited in divorce cases across the nation. These include, but are not limited to:
The Stigma Around Divorce Has Dwindled
Divorce was once seen as a very taboo experience for couples, however that’s no longer the case. Due to depictions in modern media and the rise in popularity of divorces through the 1990s and early 2000s, divorce has become far more commonplace. According to the CDC, there’s a divorce in the US every 42 seconds. Thus, it’s much more commonplace for couples to get divorced at any age without fear of social stigma.
They’re No Longer Staying Together For The Kids
Many couples tend to put aside their differences for the sake of their children. Once they become “empty nesters”, it’s very common for couples to separate and go their own way. They at one point made their children the sole focus of their lives. Now that their kids are adults on their own in the world, it just doesn’t make sense to stay married. You both have your own interests and priorities, and thus you should be free to explore these.
People Are Living Longer
Life expectancy is steadily increasing, and as such unhappy couples are realizing that they have a unique opportunity to find love once again, rather than be stuck in an unhappy marriage for the next 20-30 years. 50-60 year olds are discovering that they don’t have to go through retirement with their current partner if they’re not happy, and can enjoy the next ⅓ of their life how they want to.
They’ve Just Grown Apart
As we grow older, our interests, goals, and quirks change. Where you once found common ground with your spouse, you find that you no longer know them the way you once did. The American Psychological Association found in a 2018 study that our personalities will subtly change over 50 years. While you’re unlikely to completely change your personality over time, what you want out of life will change. The same goes for your spouse, which may not align with your goals.
If you find yourself considering divorce in a late-age marriage, know that you aren’t alone. Yaffa Family Law Group’s team is here to help guide you through to the next phase of your life. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation to see how we can best assist you.