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Cases of gray divorce continue to increase

Researchers at Bowling Green State University say that more couples over the age of 50 are getting divorced while the number of divorces in other age groups has remained flat or decreased. Some couples in Maryland might be interested as to why this is the case.

According to the research, the rate of divorce among couples who are over the age of 50 doubled between 1990 and 2014. One potential explanation for the increase in gray divorce is that the couples are usually in their second marriages. Other research has shown that divorces are more than twice as likely to occur in second marriages than in first ones.

Another factor that could be contributing gray divorce cases is a longer lifespan. Senior citizens have a longer future to plan when they make life decisions than they did decades ago. Although their marriages are not terrible, they may be no longer satisfied or do not feel loved anymore. They often ask themselves if they really want to live like that for another 30 years.

One researcher and a colleague wrote in an online symposium in 2014 that the increase in gray divorces partly reflects the shift in what marriage means. Many spouses believe that they should be confidantes and best friends and that they should get personal fulfillment and happiness from marriage. When they no longer get this, they see divorce as a practical solution, the authors added. A better financial position than younger couples may also contribute to more gray divorces. Finances can often hold couples back from seeking a divorce, but this happens less frequently with senior citizens.

Regardless of age, a person who is facing the end of a marriage will often want to have the guidance that a family law attorney can provide. Divorce legal issues like property division and spousal support can often be contentious, and an attorney might assist in negotiating a settlement agreement that covers these matters.

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