As life-expectancy has increased, so has the length of some marriages. But now many of those long-term marriages are ending in divorce. In fact, a study has shown that, for the year 2014, those who were age 50 and older were twice as likely to dissolve their marriage than those of the same age in 1990. The study also indicated that the likelihood of divorce was even higher for those 65 and older. So, what could be causing an increase in these so-called "gray" divorces?
There may be several factors at play. First of all, people are living longer, meaning that their marriages are lasting longer. Many couples are simply finding that their marriage has run out of juice, particularly when children are grown, out of the home and have lives of their own. This allows individuals to think more about themselves and their marriage, often leading to a sense of displeasure.
Second, over the last several years, women have taken an increased role in the workforce. Though they are still often paid less than men, women who work may find it easier to seek divorce, knowing that they will be able to support themselves post-divorce.
Staring down the decision to get divorced is rarely easy, but it may be especially hard when an individual has been married for decades. Disputes over the marriage's end could give rise to heated emotion, thus deterring individuals from seeking dissolution. Yet, this fear should not paralyze an individual in a relationship that is no longer beneficial to him or her. By talking about divorce with an experienced Ohio attorney, these individuals may find peace of mind and start down the path to their new life.
Source: The Bulletin, "After full lives together, more older couples divorcing," Abby Ellin, Nov. 6, 2015