Over the last few weeks, celebrity gossip magazines and tabloid television programs have been abuzz with the news that one of Hollywood’s most recognizable couples is headed for a divorce. According to reports, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Brad Pitt, a move that sources close to the couple say he never saw coming. While many may be inclined to blame the divorce on the usual complications of the celebrity lifestyle, there are several factors that make the couple’s split even less surprising when compared with “normal” couples.
Did you know that while the overall divorce rate has leveled out—and may even be declining—the divorce rate among Americans age 50 and over doubled between 1990 and 2010? More and more unhappy spouses are finding new opportunities rather than resigning themselves to being stuck in their marriage. In this particular situation, Jolie is only 41 but Pitt is 52, neither of which are old by Hollywood’s standards, but their age does increase their risk of divorce.
Failing Second and Third Marriages
Prior to their headline-grabbing relationship, both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married before—twice before for Angelina. Research has long shown that each trip down the aisle makes divorce significantly more likely. Some studies even place the divorce rate of third marriages at greater than 70 percent, suggesting that couples who are on their second or third marriage are more likely to get divorced than they are to stay together.
Happy Wife, Happy Life?
While each spouse certainly has responsibilities for helping to keep a marriage happy and healthy, the tongue-in-cheek adage of “happy wife, happy life,” is repeated endlessly throughout the country. Studies are even beginning to show that the maxim may have a measure of truth to it. With higher expectations and lower satisfaction in marriage than men, women have been found to initiate nearly 70 percent of all divorces. As stated above, reports indicate that Jolie is the one who filed for divorce, once again making the celebrity couple just like virtually everyone else.
Guidance in Divorce
Chances are good that your divorce will be somewhat less complicated than that of a high-profile celebrity couple, but that does not mean it will be easy. In fact, divorce is among one the toughest things you may ever have to do, and you should not try to go through it alone. If you are considering a divorce, contact an experienced St. Charles divorce attorney and get the assistance you need. Call 630-377-7770 for a free consultation today.