TREND CONTINUES divorce rates climb for America’s 50+ population

TREND CONTINUES divorce rates climb for America’s 50+ population

According to another Pew Study on Gray Divorces Pew study, the divorce rates for those in their retirement years continues to climb.

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In 2015, for every 1,000 married persons ages 50 and older, 10 divorced – up from five in 1990, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Among those ages 65 and older, the divorce rate has roughly tripled since 1990, reaching six people per 1,000 married persons in 2015.

While the divorce rate for adults 50 and older has risen sharply over the past 25 years, it has remained relatively steady for this age group since 2008, when the Census Bureau began collecting divorce data yearly as part of its American Community Survey.

Still, the divorce rate for those younger than 50 is about twice as high as it is for adults 50 and older. And since 1990 the divorce rate has also climbed slightly for adults ages 40 to 49, though not to the extent of those 50 and older. 

In 2015, 21 adults ages 40 to 49 divorced per 1,000 married persons in that age range – up slightly from 18 in 1990. By contrast, the divorce rate for adults ages 25 to 39 has fallen from 30 persons per 1,000 married persons in 1990 to 24 in 2015. This decline is attributed at least in part to younger generations putting off marriage until later ages. The median age at first marriage for men in 2016 was 29.5, and for women it was 27.4 – up from 26.1 and 23.9, respectively, in 1990. In addition, those who do end up marrying are more likely to be college-educated, and research shows that college-educated adults have a lower rate of divorce.

The climbing divorce rate for adults ages 50 and older is linked in part to the aging of the Baby Boomers, who now make up the bulk of this age group. (As of 2015, Baby Boomers ranged in age from 51 to 69.)

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Elderly Divorce is Booming In Italy

Italian Divorce AUGUST 17, 2015. Figures from the Italian Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AMI) show requests from the over 65 age group are at a record 20 percent – compared to 13 percent for the same category in 2010.

“Italians are changing dramatically, I don’t believe any other country has seen the changes we have seen in the last 20 years,” Gian Ettore Gassani, president and founder of AMI, told daily Il Messaggero.

“Today there are cases that never existed before, people even over 80 who are asking for a divorce so they can start a new life.”

While the majority of divorce requests are coming from the 44 to 54 age group it is the demand from the elderly that has surprised the nation’s divorce lawyers.

In one case cited by Il Messaggero, a 90-year-old retired doctor in Umbria demanded a divorce so he could marry a woman more than 30 years younger. But most of the divorce requests come from women.

AMI said that in the past those over the age of 65 were afraid they would not see the conclusion of the legal process, but reducing the mandatory separation to only six months has made it possible for them to begin a new life.

In the first half of 2014 there were 50,000 separations and divorce requests and the organization said the number had already doubled following the approval of the new law.

Gassani said there was expected to be a surge of requests in September and October.

“Couples come back from vacation where they have spent more time together and have fought and then they want to say goodbye,” he said. “The same thing happens in January after Christmas.”

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