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Gray divorce statistics show more people over 50 divorcing

It is undeniable that people over 50 in Marietta are divorcing at higher rates than they were 20 years ago. And, it is not just in Georgia that these so-called gray divorces are on the rise. The number of people who divorced after age 50 leaped from approximately 4.9 divorces per 1,000 married individuals in 1990 to 10 divorces per 1,000 married people. This number is significant because it indicates a need to focus on issues addressing divorces at any age, not just young and middle-aged couples.

One concern is that during gray divorces adult children are likely to become more involved in the divorce than if their parents had divorced. This could mean that one parent, more often the father, finds him- or herself alienated from his or her children. As it can often be difficult for older people to live by themselves, this familial distance could affect a divorcé(e)'s quality of life. There have also been studies that suggest that people who are single and over 50 are more likely to have physical or mental health issues than married people of the same age group.

It is true that longer marriages are more likely to last, but this does not meant that there aren't people who have been married for 40 or 50 years who aren't divorcing. Sometimes a marriage just doesn't work and there is nothing wrong with ending it, but it requires the knowledge and experience of an accomplished family law attorney. This is especially true when the divorcing couple is a little older. There are considerable risk factors that gray divorcé(e)s have to take into account that much younger couples won't have to deal with.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Are Baby Boomers Still Pushing Up the Divorce Rate?" Robert Hughes, Jr., Nov. 2, 2012

Please stop by our website to learn more about the family law considerations that play a role in the lasting effect of divorce.

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