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A gray area: Divorce over the age of 50

They are getting up there. They know who the Talking Heads were and some of them can identify the members of the Beatles by name (hint: none were called Bruno, Bieber or even Bono). Some can remember way back to when Peyton Manning played quarterback at the University of Tennessee.

They are Baby Boomers or members of Generation X who are age 50 or above. They are the ones remaking family law with a phenomenon called Gray Divorce. The surge in splits among older couples has some observers worried about what the future might hold for millennials marrying today.

According to studies, the rate of divorce among those who are 50 or older has doubled over the past three decades. Back in 1990, just 5 out of every 1,000 married people got a divorce. By 2010, the rate had surged to 10.

Some good news should be sprinkled over those numbers, however: the Gray Divorce rate is, despite the surge, only about half of what it is for people under the age of 50.

A 2012 study found it difficult to definitively why Gray Divorce is surging, but it did note that the main reasons for divorce among older couples do not include retirement, empty nests or chronic illness.

A 2016 study found that older couples who own property together and older, wealthy couples are both less likely than average to divorce.

Something to remember whenever studies are bandied about: the researchers look at trends and groups and large numbers. They cannot know or predict what will happen to you and your marriage or your divorce.

To learn more about how an experienced Nashville family law attorney can help protect you and your interests in divorce proceedings, contact the office of Stanley A. Kweller, Attorney at Law, to schedule an appointment.

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