These days, more people over the age of 50 are seeking divorce than those being widowed. 50 years ago, only 2.8 percent of people over the age of 50 were divorcing their spouse, but by the year 2000 it was up to 11.8%. In 2011, the number had jumped again to 15.4%. Economists warn that these rising numbers in divorcees over the age of 50 could lead to economic strain on both spouses, their children, and the government.
While it is true that the longer you are married, the lower your chances for divorce are, there seems to be a shift taking place. These are a few reasons as to why this might be taking place:
- First, by the age of 50, many people are on their 2nd or 3rd marriages, making them statistically more prone to enter into divorce.
- As the baby boomers are living longer, there is less of a draw to stay in an unhappy marriage. Many people are living 15 to 20 years past retirement, and cutting ties after 50 may seem more appealing.
- The stigma attached to divorce is fading, making those who have been unhappy for years feel more comfortable about entering into divorce now.
- The “no-fault” divorce is becoming more common, making it easier on both parties involved.
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