In the past two decades, the rate of divorce among people who are 50 years old or older has doubled. Approximately 25 percent of divorces that occur today involve couples who are part of the baby boom generation–those born between the years 1946 through 1964. Researchers predict that as that generation continues to increase, the “gray divorce” rate will also continue to increase.
A study conducted by researchers from Bowling State University examined the dramatic increase in gray divorce to see if they could determine the reasons why this is taking place. Researchers used data that was collected from the 1990 Vital Statistics Report and the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS data was also used to examine the different social and demographic factors that may play a role in the divorce rate.
One of the main reasons for this increase in divorce is due to the change in what we expect from marriage. Past generations typically only looked for security and stability in marriage, but today’s generations also seek personal satisfaction, as well as self-fulfillment, in their marriages. When those needs are not met, we are much quicker to end the marriage than our great-grandparents were.
The financial independence that women have gained over the past several decades has also contributed to the higher divorce rate among baby boomers. In fact, statistics show that almost 70 percent of divorces for baby boomers are initiated by the woman.
Another surprising reason for the increase may also be the Internet. Social media allows us to reconnect with those people from our past–including ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends. There are also multiple online dating sites which offer an almost unlimited amount of potential partners to choose from.
Many people who are part of the gray divorce statistic have already gone through at least one divorce, so they may be even less willing to settle for anything less than a happy marriage. Researchers found in this study that the divorce rate for baby boomers was more than twice as high in their remarriages than in first marriages.
If you are considering a divorce in St Charles or the surrounding suburbs, contact the experienced Kane County divorce attorneys at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C. to find out what legal options you have. Call 630-377-7770 to schedule a free consultation today.