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Gray Divorces Are on the Rise

Across Maryland and the rest of the United States, the overall divorce rate has stabilized in recent years. After years of a steady increase in divorces, this figure now remains steady. However, the divorce rate for couples over fifty is an anomaly, having dramatically increased in recent years. These so-called 'gray divorces" now account for one out of every four divorces nationwide.

What is causing the rise in divorce among older couples? It is in part a numbers game. In 1990, there were 63.5 million Americans over the age of 50. By 2010, that number was 99 million. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 158.5 million Americans. The math is simple; more baby boomers lead to more late-in-life divorces.

Another cause is the increase in life expectancy. In 1950, a man could expect to live an average of 65.6 years while women lived to 71.1. Those figures increased respectively to 76.1 and 81.1 by 2016. As people age, they realize that with a longer life expectancy they have more time to make significant life changes. More than ever, baby boomers realize that they are ready for a new life chapter.

Getting divorced is a life-changing decision ever for couples who have not been together long. For couples in their fifties, the process is even more complicated. Decades of property have to be divided, and new living arrangements must be made. An attorney with experience in divorce law may be able to help divorcing couples understand the process from beginning to end. It's possible that by working with a divorce attorney, the two individuals may be able to reach an amicable settlement.

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