Divorce rates have been steadily decreasing here in the U.S. for several years. This has at least something to do with a decrease in the number of Americans getting married.
At least one population has seen an uptick in their divorce rates in recent years — those over 50. Analysts have given a few different reasons why they believe this is a growing trend.
What is the primary motivating factor leading spouses 50 and over to divorce?
The older someone is, the more likely it is that they grew up in an era in which divorce was frowned on by society. Therefore, if they got married in their 20s or 30s and decided a few years later that they weren’t happy in their relationship, it’s unlikely that they would have felt comfortable walking away from it. They stayed in it even if it wasn’t happy or fulfilling for them.
Many experts say that we’re likely seeing an uptick in divorces among those 50 and over now because society generally doesn’t think twice when someone says they’re divorced. Divorce is commonplace now, so more spouses are choosing to leave their spouses so that they can live their best life.
Complications associated with later-in-life divorces
Spouses that divorce at 50 or over often don’t have child custody issues to sort out as their kids may be adults now. There is a strong likelihood that they have peaked in their careers, are nearing retirement, have investments or a family business, however. Negotiations regarding these assets aren’t likely to be easy but are necessary to to work out a divorce settlement. Having experienced legal guidance can make a big difference in the outcome.