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Divorce Among Baby Boomers

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Here is a recent CNN article written by Pepper Schwartz (professor of sociology at the University of Washington and the author or co-author of 19 books) about divorce¬†entitled, “Why are baby boomers so divorce-prone?”:

(CNN)A recent article in The New York Times noted that the nation’s divorce rate — which plateaued for years at around 50% — has significantly dropped — to just above 40%. As almost an aside, the writer mentioned that only one group, the 50-plusers, have seen their rate of divorce surge 50% in the past 20 years.

Oops — to this boomer, that is “burying the lead.” Why would only the boomers have a significant growth in marital dissolution — one in four divorces after age 50 — while other ages do not?

After all, it’s counterintuitive: Traditionally marriages are most vulnerable to divorce in the first seven to 10 years.

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