If you and your spouse have been married for many years and you are now considering divorce, you are not alone. Although it is not an easy decision to part ways after being with someone for so long, it is increasingly common to do so.
According to research, more than 1 in 4 people filing for divorce in the United States are over age 50. Not only that, but further research indicates that the rate of divorce after 50 nearly doubled between 1990 and 2015. With these statistics in mind, you might be asking why.
The meaning of marriage has changed
One of the biggest reasons that later-life divorces and separations occur is that the meaning of marriage has changed for many people over the past few decades. From a cultural perspective, expectations have changed, and marriage is no longer the economic solution that it once was. Instead of viewing marriage as a necessity, it has become a source of personal happiness and self-fulfillment. In addition, an increasing number of women are financially independent compared to previous years. As a result, fewer people are staying in unsatisfying marriages.
Time has changed the relationship
Another common reason for the rising divorce rate among older couples is simply because the relationship has changed. After marrying decades ago, some people drift apart or become unhappy for different reasons. Whether it is due to finances, personal interests or emotional fulfillment (or lack thereof), there are numerous factors that can alter the dynamics of what was once a happy union. When adult children leave the home, empty nest syndrome can also contribute to the shift in long-term marriages.
There are many reasons that couples split up later in life. The important thing is to make sure you have the resources and support you need.