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Why the divorce rate is increasing among older adults

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2022 | High Asset Divorce |

It may be a surprise for some to learn that the divorce rate in Texas and across the country is declining. It seems many adults today are deciding to stay with their spouses or are choosing to stay single altogether. Yet, for those over the age of 50, the divorce rate is rising. What are the reasons for this phenomenon that has become known as gray divorce?

Stigmas gone

These days, society is more progressive. In previous decades, divorce came along with societal stigmas and backlash, so many spouses who were in unhappy or unfulfilled marriages chose to stick it out. However, since the stigmas that once surrounded divorce have all but disappeared, many older spouses are simply refusing to stay in unhappy marriages.

Empty nest

Many older spouses had children early on in their marriage. However, once the children grow up and leave the home, spouses become more focused on each. What were once minor flaws and irritants suddenly become more obvious and unbearable. Older spouses may find that since the kids are grown, they no longer have a reason to stay together.

Increased life expectancies

It’s no secret that people are living longer today. On average, a 55-year-old has another 30 years left to live, possibly more. Many older adults are choosing to do what makes them happy instead of staying in an unfulfilled marriage for multiple decades.

Although going through a marital breakup can be a big challenge, it seems many older adults are electing to spend their golden years doing things that bring excitement and joy back into their lives. For any Texas resident who has questions about divorce, sitting down with an experienced legal professional can prove invaluable. A knowledgeable family law attorney can provide focused guidance throughout the divorce process.