In 1990, people over 50 were not all that likely to get a divorce.
Now, twice as many people over 50 are divorcing.
And people over 65 years old are still more likely to divorce.
Even as divorce rates among younger people have leveled off – or declined.
- Couples in this age range are significantly more likely to be in second marriages, which are inherently less likely to succeed
- longer life expectancies discourage staying longer in unhappy marriages indefinitely
- less stigma is associated with senior divorces now
- women are more independent now financially
- relentless retirement togetherness can be the straw that broke the camel’s back
Read more in this New York Times article: After Full Lives Together, More Older Couples Are Divorcing .