Divorce among Arizona retirees may be on the rise, as married couples over 50 are deciding to call it quits at record numbers. According to researchers from Bowling Green State University, twice as many people in that age group divorced in 2014 than in 1990. While divorce among older Americans is becoming more common, the overall divorce rate across all age groups is down.
There are a few different factors that researchers say might be contributing to the increase in "gray divorce". For one, people are living longer than they used to, so married couples have more time to consider their happiness. A lot of older Americans are in second marriages, and data shows that second marriages have a lower success rate than first marriages.
One researcher from Bowling Green State University said that she thinks older people tend to get divorced more often than younger people because they have more money. Financial factors can sometimes be barriers to divorce, and older Americans are usually more financially stable than younger Americans. Sociologists are also saying that most people are holding marriage to a higher standard than they did in the past. While people used to be content to be married to a good homemaker or a good provider, people today want a deeper connection with their spouse.
Older Americans tend to have more assets to divide when they go through a divorce, and this can make property division proceedings complicated. An older person who is getting divorced may want to have the assistance of an attorney in negotiating a settlement agreement that can then be presented to the court for its approval.