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Older couples more likely to get a divorce

According to new research, there is a connection today between older age and a higher rate of getting divorced. The divorce rate has tripled for the above-65 crowd in the United States, including in the state of New Jersey. Meanwhile, it has doubled for the over-50 crowd.

Back in 1990, only five out of 1,000 married people over the age of 50 would get divorced. However, in 2015, that figure was 10 out of 1,000. Meanwhile, the figure increased three times during this period for the married over 65.

On the contrary, the divorce rate actually dropped by 21 percent during this same period for couples between 25 and 39 years old. In addition, older couples who have been together longer -- for example, for 40 years or more -- are not as likely to dissolve their marriages. A major reason that many older couples are increasingly looking to the dissolution of marriage, however, is that they are ready to be independent and want to take advantage of the new life opportunities presented to them. In some cases, spouses are simply dissatisfied with each other.

Just because divorce is not as common today for young adults as in years past does not mean that it does not still happen frequently among young people. Whether couples are young or old, getting divorced can be trying emotionally and challenging financially. An attorney in the state of New Jersey can offer guidance during each stage of the divorce process to ensure that one's rights are protected and that assets are divided in a fair manner.

Source: christiantoday.com, "Young Americans less likely to divorce, older Americans at least twice as likely to split", Joseph Hartropp, March 14, 2017

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