Summer is wedding season, but as Maryland couples are planning their nuptials, many others could be heading for divorce court. The divorce rate in the United States continues to hover around 50 percent, with older couples making up a large portion of that statistic.
The number of U.S. divorces hit a high in the 1980s, but in recent years it has dropped, according to government statistics. Despite that, sociologists predict a divorce rate of a little over 50 percent for current marriages. Younger people are staying married longer, making overall divorce rates lower than in the past. But the divorce rate for older couples is up. The divorce rate for people from 55 to 64 years of age doubled in the years between 1990 and 2012, and tripled for people over 65.