Senior Divorce Dominates Divorces

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.

What gives?

  • 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 .