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Divorce rate increases among older couples

Massachusetts senior citizens may be interested to know that while the divorce rate is holding steady for most married couples, it is increasing in their age group. Married people at or over the age of 50 were twice as likely to get divorced in 2014 as they were in 1990.

One reason the divorce rate is holding for younger couples is, due to longer life expectancy, they're getting married later in life. They're not rushing into marriages, but taking their time to pick the right spouse. This longer life expectancy can work the exact opposite, however, as older people in an unhappy marriage may not want to continue living that way. On the other hand, they may not want to ditch a relationship they have invested so many years in.

Another reason for the increasing divorce rate among seniors may be due to women having more financial resources of their own. They may have had careers as well as their own retirement plans and assets. This makes it easier for them to start over on their own. This new financial stability may be why more women than men are filing for divorce.

The end of a marriage can be sad. Senior couples at least probably won't have to worry about child custody and support. They're likely to have other issues to deal with, such as retirement plans and more assets to split up. When divorce disputes do occur, the respective family law attorneys for each spouse will sometimes try to negotiate a settlement agreement or will recommend addressing the contentious issues in mediation in order to avoid protracted litigation.

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