The new face of divorce has gray hair.
While divorce rates overall have stabilized and even inched downward in recent years, the divorce rate among couples who are 50 or older doubled between 1990 and 2010, according to a study by Ohio’s Bowling Green State University.
What’s more, these so-called “gray divorces” now account for more than 28% of all marital splits – up from just 10% back in 1990.
The reasons for this trend are unclear, although some people have speculated that seniors are living longer and are more active than they used to be, and may be less willing to stick it out in a loveless marriage once their children are grown. Also, there’s been a significant increase in divorces that are initiated by older women, who may be more independent than in an earlier generation.
What is clear is that there are many legal issues that have special relevance for seniors who are contemplating divorce. [Continue reading]