Getting Divorced Over Age 50

Getting Divorced Over Age 50

North Carolina couples may not know that while overall divorce rates have been falling for years, a new study demonstrates that the rates for seniors are actually going up. Researchers attribute this phenomenon to a variety of different factors.

A Bowling Green State University study looked at the rates of divorce for people over age 50 in both 1990 and in 2014. It found twice as many divorces for the age group occurred in 2014. In determining why divorces are going up for seniors while divorces for others are going down, researchers have several different theories.

One involves the recognition that many people over 50 are in their second marriages, which are much likelier to end in divorce than are first marriages. Another theory is that, while younger people may have difficulty affording to divorce, older, more established people do not. Researchers also point to the fact that people are living longer than they used to. They think that a person who is over 50 may decide they do not want to spend a lengthy period of time in a marriage that is unhappy.

The divorce process is often very emotional and may be filled with conflict. The more people fight in court, the more expensive their divorce will become. Long, drawn-out litigation leads to significantly higher costs. People may want to try to instead work out a full agreement that settles their divorce rather than fighting through court. A person who is facing the end of a marriage may thus want to have the assistance of a family law attorney in negotiating a comprehensive settlement agreement that addresses such issues as property division and spousal support.

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