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Increasing divorce rates among older individuals

The rate of divorces in the United States hit a high in the 1980s and have declined since then. However, there are still widespread concerns that divorce is rapid and that 50 percent of all marriages end in separation. Pennsylvania residents might want to know why a University of Maryland study found that the divorce rate could eventually rise to 52.7 percent based on current data.

Typically, younger people are careful about marrying and have lower divorce rates. The reason half of all marriages could end in divorce is because of the baby boomer generation, which has been experiencing rising divorce rates for years. A study conducted by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research found that the divorce rate tripled for those 65 and older and doubled for those 55-64 from 1990 to 2012

There have been many changes in society since the days when divorces were less prevalent. Women are in the workplace more, divorces are easier to obtain and living together without getting married is more accepted now. All these things could factor into why senior divorce rates are so high. However, couples who live together do not necessarily fair better than those who marry as these partnerships are actually more likely to fail. Generally, first marriages are the most likely to last while college graduates are 40 percent less likely to get a divorce than those without a degree.

When deciding to dissolve a marriage, one might want to consult with an attorney. The divorce process can be complicated as a couple may need to form a settlement agreement or go to court.

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