Coming to the decision to get a divorce is never easy, but for some, it is the only option they have. Couples in Annapolis and beyond may have found that they have grown apart or want different things. Divorce rates have declined since peaking in the 1980's. However, the divorce rate among couples age 50 and over has reached an all-time high.
One woman found that she had ignored the problems in her marriage for years, but when the last of her three daughters graduated from high school, she realized she could not ignore the problems any longer. The 51-year-old woman and her husband had been married for twenty years, but she filed for divorce after discovering their values were no longer aligned.
Over the past two decades, the rate of divorce among people age 50 and older has doubled. Although every divorce is different, it appears that baby boomers may have entered marriage with a different mindset than past generations. Some researchers believe people entered marriage more concerned with their own happiness.
In addition, baby boomers whose children are grown may realize they have many more years ahead of them and want to fulfill their own needs.
Although child custody matters are no longer an issue, couples divorcing later in life may still find some difficulties in the divorce process. One parent may have to bear the burden when it comes to paying for weddings, education and down payments on homes. In addition, one parent may lose contact with their children.
Whether you are 35 or 55, couples of all ages may find that divorce is the best option. When that is the case, it may be wise to consult with an experienced attorney who can help couples come to a resolution that is fair for everyone involved.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "The Gray Divorces," Susan Gregory Thomas, Mar. 3, 2012