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Divorce Among 50 and Older on the Rise

Category : Baby Boomers, Divorce Rate

Great piece in The New York Times about how divorce has increased among people 50 and older.  Here are some highlights from Sam Roberts’ article “Divorce After 50 Grows More Common”:

*In 1990, 1 in 10 persons who divorced was 50 or older. By 2011, according to the census’s American Community Survey, more than 28 percent (more than 1 in 4) who said they divorced in the previous 12 months were 50 or older.

*Most divorces among older couples, as in younger ones, are initiated by women.  “Women have long been more sensitive to — or less tolerant of — a mediocre relationship than men,” Professor Coontz said, “and so another big factor is that with their increased work experience and greater sense of their own possibilities, they are less willing to just ‘wait it out.’

*Robert D. Gould, a New York trial lawyer who handles matrimonial cases and himself was divorced when he was over 50, said: “A lot of marriages died a long time ago, but because of the shame involved, in a family people often stuck together for the children. Now the children are grown up. Viagra is another reason — men are able to satisfy younger women. And people are living longer and they can get out and still have a life.”

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Divorce Boom Amongst Baby Boomers

Category : Baby Boomers, Favorite Articles

It seems that more and more baby boomers are heading into old age divorced. The New York Times had a very interesting article about the rise of divorce among adults 46 through 64. When you’re older, daily life can be more difficult alone as the article sheds light on.

Susan L. Brown, co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State, said the trend would transform the lives of many older people.

The elderly, who have traditionally relied on spouses for their care, will increasingly struggle to fend for themselves. And federal and local governments will have to shoulder much of the cost of their care. Unmarried baby boomers are five times more likely to live in poverty than their married counterparts, statistics show. They are also three times as likely to receive food stamps, public assistance or disability payments.

The article also includes statistics about the divorce rates amongst baby boomers, which sheds light on how real this divorce boom is.

Over the past 20 years, the divorce rate among baby boomers has surged by more than 50 percent, even as divorce rates over all have stabilized nationally. At the same time, more adults are remaining single. The shift is changing the traditional portrait of older Americans: About a third of adults ages 46 through 64 were divorced, separated or had never been married in 2010, compared with 13 percent in 1970, according to an analysis of recently released census data conducted by demographers at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio.

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