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What factors cause an increase in gray divorce?

While you may enter into marriage with the belief of staying together forever, a surprising number of marriages end in separation or divorce. The growing trend of gray divorce is proof that even marriages that have lasted for decades can end in divorce. More couples over the age of 50 are filing to terminate their marriages than ever before.

A study released by Bowling Green State University found that while 1 in 10 people over the age of 50 filed for divorce in 1990, 1 in 4 of this population filed in 2011, and the numbers continue to grow. What is the cause for this increase in divorce for people later in life?

One factor may involve empty nest syndrome. When couples focus their lives around their children, they may lose touch with one another. Then, when the children leave home, they no longer have that close relationship and may part ways. The same holds true for career-oriented couples, who delve into their work and forget to spend time with one another. After retirement, couples may find they no longer have anything in common and choose to split ways rather than live out the rest of their lives stuck in an unhappy marriage.

As people live longer lives, getting a divorce after the age of 50 may not seem like the end of the world. You still have years left to find a good relationship, or live life engaging in the activities that make you happy.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.