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Why is the divorce rate for older Americans rising?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2023 | Divorce, Family Law

Any given divorce case in California while be very fact-specific in terms of how the case proceeds and, ultimately, how it is decided. No two cases are the same. However, the same legal issues are present in many divorce cases: child custody, child support, alimony and property and debt division.

There are also divorce trends that are common across America. One trend, in particular, was the subject of a recent news article and shows that a certain group of people in America are divorcing at a higher rate than others.

Older divorce

According to the recent article, older Americans – those who were born between 1946 and 1964 – are divorcing more than any other age group in the country. The phenomenon even has its own moniker: “gray divorce.”

There is, of course, much discourse over the cause of the uptick in the rate of divorces among this particular generation of Americans. Some speculate that the higher rate is due to longer life ranges for Americans in general – a longer life gives people more time to become dissatisfied in a marriage, the thought process goes, and then take steps to move on. Another possible cause mentioned is that, once children are grown up and on their own, older Americans are nowadays seeing that they have an opportunity to end their marriage with fewer legal issues to address and, possibly, go on and be happier where the grass is greener.

In the end, there are many causes for Americans to divorce, and Californians who are contemplating this legal process will have their own reasons. If you are thinking about pursuing a divorce in California, you are sure to consider how the legal process will impact your life both in the present and in post-divorce life – no matter your age.