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Gray divorce is on the rise

On Behalf of | May 6, 2022 | Family Law

You and your spouse met in college. After graduation, you couldn’t wait to get married. Throughout the years you had two beautiful children and you were living the dream. Now, after 25 years together you find yourself feeling unhappy in your marriage and divorce is on your mind.

There’s a trend toward divorce happening in our country among those in their 50s and 60s. Couples in this age group are no longer willing to live in an unhappy marriage.  “The gray divorce revolution” is skyrocketing and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, according to researchers at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. 

What is fueling the fire behind gray divorce?

As couples head toward their golden years, many are deciding that divorce is the best option for them. In fact, one out of every four people going through a divorce is in their 50s or older. There are a variety of reasons fueling this trend. 

Some partners who have been going through the motions in their marriage are realizing that they do not have to live any longer with the unhappiness that they feel. Then, there are those who stayed together for the sake of the children. Now that those children have grown up and left to pursue their own dreams, there’s nothing left to keep the couple together.

Abuse can also tear a couple apart

Sometimes, the victim of the abuse in the relationship finally realizes that they do not have to accept their partner’s behavior and decides to leave. This is especially true if the abuse is a direct result of drug or alcohol addiction.

Should you find yourself considering a divorce following many years of marriage, consider seeking experienced legal guidance. They will be able to help you navigate through the process of divorce.