In March 2017 the Pew Research Center came out with new divorce statistics.

At a time when divorce is becoming less common for younger adults, the divorce rate for older adults ages 50 and older (grey divorce) has gone up 109%! That means the divorce rate has almost doubled for older adults since the 1990’s.

The climbing divorce rate for older adults is linked in part to the aging of the Baby Boomers, who now make up the bulk of this age group. (As of 2015 Baby Boomers ranged in age from 51 to 69.) During their younger years Baby Boomers had light levels of divorce. Their marital instability in their early life is contributing to the rising divorce rate among adults 50 and older today, since remarriages tend to be less stable than first marriages. The divorce rate for older adults in remarriages is double the rate of those who have only been married once.

Grey divorce is more likely among those who have been married multiple times or for fewer years. It can also have some consequences. Getting divorced older in life can leave especially women less financially secure.

Your life will definitely change. But on the positive side, if you were in an unhappy or abusive relationship, your life will change for the better.

For more on this read “Consequences of Grey Divorce”                                 





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