It is hard to imagine grandma and grandpa getting a
divorce. However, new studies conducted by Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin show that
divorce rates in older couples are steadily rising. Brown and Lin conducted
studies at Bowling Green State University. They found that couples over
the age of 50 are twice as more likely to get a divorce in today’s
society than they were in 1990.
Studies show that couples were more likely to remain together 20 years
ago because divorce was not as socially accepted as it is now. Before,
the dissolution of marriage was something that was kept hidden. However,
now, people are more understanding of the need to go their separate ways.
Brown and Fen also found that 55% of divorces that occur in the United
States include couples who have been together for more than 20 years.
One of the factors leading to the rise in senior divorces is that women
are more financially independent. With more women moving into the work
force, there is not as much of a need for them to depend on their husbands.
Another reason is that people are living longer. With current medicine,
technology, and focus on health, the life expectancy has increased. This
causes couples to re-evaluate whether or not they want to spend another
20 years together. Some people realize that they are not the same people
they were when they first were married. Thus, divorce seems like the right solution.
At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, we understand that at times, divorce
is the natural solution to the end of a relationship. People change and
grow apart. There is nothing wrong with that. That is why we are here
to ensure your rights are protected. If you and your spouse are looking
to dissolve your marriage, contact our Rancho Cucamonga divorce attorneys
today. Our family law specialist will help you through each step of the
process. Call today for a free consultation!