Most people think divorce is a young person's game, and imagine that if a marriage has lasted past 50, it will never end. In fact, this isn't quite true. While divorce is common among younger couples, divorce rates among that demographic have stabilized in recent years. There is only one group that is still seeing a rapid increase in divorce rates in Texas and across the country: 50-plus couples.
These so-called "gray divorces" are happening in ever-increasing numbers, and for a variety of reasons. Some couples separate for the same reasons that younger couples do: arguments over money, physical or verbal abuse, alcohol or drug use and infidelity are all seen among the older demographic. However, many spouses choose to divorce for reasons that are more specific to older couples.
Couples are living longer today than they ever have in the past, and this leads some healthy spouses to reevaluate their lives. Some spouses report asking themselves whether they were fulfilled in their lives, and considering whether they had accomplished the goals they had set for themselves when they were younger. Occasionally, spouses conclude their current living situation does not allow them to reach the goals they had for their "Golden Years," and they separate.
Experts advise that couples seek couple's therapy before seeking a divorce. Therapy can help examine the reasons behind a spouse's unhappiness, and question whether the problem could be solved though means other than divorce.
In many cases, however, divorce is the best option. Gray divorces can be complicated at times, especially when it comes to dividing assets that spouses have shared for years. An experienced family law attorney can help ease the process, however, leaving spouses free to explore their new single life.
Source: Bradenton Patch, "Gray Divorce Is New Trend," Dale Hutchings, Oct. 23, 2012