Gray divorce: Growing trend may be connected to these common problems.
Although there is not one precise cause to the growing gray divorce trend, there are some factors that contribute to an increased likelihood of divorce for baby boomers.
November 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Gray divorce: Growing trend may be connected to these common problems.
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A study out of Bowling Green State University's Department of Sociology and the National Center for Family & Marriage Research was conducted to determine if there was a difference in divorce rate among those ages 50 and over between the years of 1990 and 2010. According to the study, which focused on the use of data from the U.S. Vital Statistics Report and American Community Survey, the answer was a resounding yes.
Ultimately, the study found that those aged 50 or over were responsible for nearly one in four divorces in 2010. Although it was clear to researchers that the divorce rate among baby boomers was on the rise, a trend referred to as the "gray divorce," the reason behind the increase was unknown.
Based on extrapolations from both the research out of Bowling Green and a recent report by a clinical social worker discussed in Huffington Post, some common causes contributing to this trend may include:
-Acceptance. Divorce is much more socially acceptable than it once was. As a result, older Americans are less likely to refrain from divorcing their partner if the marriage is no longer salvageable.
-Economic autonomy. Baby boomer women were part of a cultural revolution that allowed, and even encouraged, women to work outside of the home. As a result, women are less likely to be financial dependant on their male spouses.
-Longer lives. Put simply, since life expectancy has increased the odds of a marriage ending in death have decreased.
-Life complications. Midlife can mean an increase in personal conflicts. Those in their fifties may have to help take care of aging parents, deal with the death of loved ones and potentially cope with the devastation that may follow an unexpected job loss in a harsh economic climate. These personal conflicts can cause strife within a marriage.
Although these factors can all play a role in divorce, there are steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of a separation.
One step towards a stronger marriage: take the time to go on a date. Do not talk about kids or other contentious issues but instead focus on simply having a good time with your spouse. However, do not avoid complications in the marriage. Make time to discuss them and attempt to approach the discussions with an open mind.
Unfortunately, even with proactive attempts to strengthen a marriage some are unsalvageable. If you are considering divorce, contact an experienced divorce attorney. This professional will help to better ensure you receive a fair settlement.
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