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People 50 and older are increasingly choosing to divorce

Californians of any age might decide that their marriage is no longer working and choose to get a divorce. However, researchers assess statistics to determine which age groups are more prone to divorce. The age of the couple could have a significant impact on a variety of issues such as spousal support and property division.

A demographic that is increasingly getting divorced is people 50 and older. This is commonly known as a 'gray divorce". Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people over 50 who got a divorce doubled. Experts in relationship analysis and counselors say there are more variables in a gray divorce. One says that divorce has two separate peaks. One happens within seven years after the couple gets married. The second is after the marriage has lasted for at least 20 years.

A persistent lament from these couples is that they have become emotionally disconnected. As they age, they do not want to stay in an unhappy situation. Another potential factor is the reduction in negative perceptions surrounding divorce. Faced with the choice of a troubled relationship or being alone, many are choosing the latter. Therapists suggest that people might want to consider options to save the marriage before getting a divorce. They reference 'soft" reasons for divorce like a lack of communication, and 'hard" reasons like infidelity and abuse.

For people who are considering divorce, their age, goals and needs should be assessed. Divorce legal issues can be complicated at any age. When thinking about the myriad concerns and deciding on a course of action, it might be wise to have legal assistance from an experienced divorce attorney.

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