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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.”

To read the entire article click here.

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