More older couples are getting divorced

Many people might think that if a couple has lasted into their golden years, their marriage will last for the rest of their lives. However, there is an increase in the number of couples filing for divorce after the age of 50 in Utah and around the rest of the country. The rates for this so-called gray divorce, otherwise known as silver or late-life divorce, have increased in the past few years.

With many states offering no-fault divorce and the freedom of no longer having kids, seniors are more willing to divorce, according to Time. Out of the total number of Americans filing for divorce, 1 in 4 are over the older than 50 and nearly 1 in 10 is 64 or older. Although these divorces allow these individuals to enjoy the retirement years in happiness rather than suffering in unhappy marriages, it does come with some downsides. Living alone might have a negative impact on one's health. There might be an economic impact as well due to the division of assets and changes to social security and other sources of retirement income.

According to the Charlotte Observer, recent research found the chance of a couple divorcing after the age of 50 in 2014 was twice what it was in 1990. This is a striking difference when compared to the decreases or plateaus seen in younger age groups.  

There are several possible reasons for the increase in gray divorce. The changes in the status of women imparted from the feminist movement have led to older women feeling more empowered to divorce rather than stay in an unhappy situation, even later in life. In fact, women instigate sixty percent of divorces involving those over the age of 40.

Some of these newly divorced couples are attributed to second or third marriages, which increase the risk of a divorce regardless of age and other factors. An extended life span and wide acceptance of divorce have led to societal changes that make it easier for older individuals to decide to divorce rather than continue in an unhappy union.


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