Baby boomers in Georgia have long been defying societal norms and expectations. It turns out that, for many in this senior segment of the population, their new vision for their lives includes a divorce after decades of marriage.
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.
Entering their golden years, an increasing number of older couples in Georgia are facing complex financial issues as they end their marriages. It is well known that approximately half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. The most recent statistics, generated in 2009, indicate that 25 percent of divorces are among such older couples, a large increase from 1990, when only 10 percent of all divorces were between baby boomer couples.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the incidence of "gray divorce," or divorce involving older married couples. While many in Marietta may think that divorce is only for the young, the new trends indicate that elderly couples are divorcing at higher rates than ever before. As the age of divorcés rise, it will be important to include gray divorce into the umbrella of family law issues that professionals can expect to handle.
According to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the divorce rate for people age 50 and over has doubled over the past two decades. Over the same time frame, the general divorce rate has been on the decline.