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Older parties suspected of contributing to higher divorce rates

There has been much debate over whether the rate of ended marriages is actually in the realm of 50 percent. California residents may be interested in a recent report stating that the divorce rate could fall into that percentile due to older individuals divorcing. However, it was noted that divorce rates have fallen since their peaks in previous years, and average marriage lengths are longer than they have been.

However, individuals in the Baby Boomer generation may be contributing to higher numbers of divorce cases. Although younger individuals have been separating less due to waiting to marry later in life and being more selective about their spouses, individuals in the 55 to 64 year old range have more than doubled the divorce rate in the last 20 years. Additionally, individuals over the age of 65 have seen a triple increase. 

These divorces could be due to a multitude of reasons, and each individual likely has his or her own. Reports did speculate that the possibility of women becoming more independent combined with less restrictive divorce laws could be leading to the ending of some marriages. It was also noted that due to longer life spans, older individuals may wish to live their remaining years in happier situations. 

Of course, divorce is as unique as the individuals involved; therefore, California residents will likely want to assess their own marriages before jumping to conclusions. If individuals have taken such steps and determined that moving forward with divorce could be best for them, they may wish to gather more information on their options. Conferring with experienced divorce attorneys could help interested parties move forward more smoothly.

Source:, "Boomers Are Making Sure the Divorces Keep Coming", Ben Steverman, June 17, 2016

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