Many people think of older Americans as stable. A trend that is occurring might change that perception a little bit. A recent study shows that older Americans are divorcing at a higher rate than they were in the past. Couples in Ohio might be interested to learn about the changing face of divorce.
The study shows that divorce starting at age 40 is a lot more common than it once was. Surprisingly, divorces of people in their early 20s and in their teens has drastically dropped. For these younger couples, the drop in divorce might be because more young couples are co-habitating instead of getting married.
The author of the Minnesota Population Center study says that divorce in people over 65 has seen a fivefold increase since 1990. For those age 60 to 65, the increase is threefold. While those statistics might seem daunting, they don't spell disaster for all divorces. One family therapist says that two-thirds of divorces can be prevented with intervention and education.
The baby boom generation contributed to an extraordinary rise in divorce rates after 1970, which is a continuing pattern today. Part of the reason for this is that second and third marriages, which are fairly common, have a high divorce rate.
Anyone who is facing a divorce needs to ensure one's own interests protected. Going through the divorce process might prove to be a challenge, especially when the marriage was lengthy. Getting answers to your questions and learning about different options you have for dealing with property division and other issues might help you to ensure that you get a divorce settlement that offers you a firm start to your new life.
Source: KSL.com, "Divorce rates skyrocketing among older couples" Mary Richards, Apr. 01, 2014