If you are married, over the age of 50 and are considering legal separation or divorce, you may become part of the trend known as ‘gray divorce.’ The number of people who have filed for divorce later on in life has grown considerably over time, leaving some researchers to look at why older Americans have decided to terminate their marriage after decades of being together. A study conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University have found that while one in 10 people over the age of 50 filed for divorce in 1990, one in four people of this age divorced in 2009. That number is predicted to grow to over 800,000 gray divorces by the year 2030.
One reason why you may be likely to file for divorce during this period of your life is empty nest syndrome. Couples who have spent their lives involved in their children may find that they have become disconnected once the children move out of the house. This holds true if you have recently retired as well. If you and your spouse have focused on your careers during the entire marriage, it may feel different once retired and forced to spend long amounts of time with one another. In some cases, you may find that you no longer have anything in common. Rather than waste the remaining years of your lives in an unhappy relationship, you and your spouse may choose to divorce and seek out another relationship.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.