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Why are people divorcing in their senior years?

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2019 | Firm News |

With the divorce rate of people over the age of 50 increasing, it is not surprising that more people are talking about gray divorce. You may wonder why the rate of divorce is up among seniors. There are actually many reasons that seniors in Tennessee head to divorce court. Some of them are the same reasons why younger couples may end their relationships, but there are also aspects unique to older couples. 

Forbes explains that gray divorce can happen to anyone, and couples may divorce for common reasons, such as one spouse has a drug or alcohol addiction or there are financial issues. These can happen at any age, but in older couples, they may be issues that have persisted for decades, and one spouse has finally had enough. 

Older couples may also grow apart more so than younger couples. After all, if you have been married for half your life, it is not unusual for you to have different wants and needs than you did when you first married. 

You may also wait to get a divorce until your children are out of the house. Many couples do this, and by that time, they are older. So, the divorce has nothing to do with age, but with a particular time of life. This may be true for many aspects of a gray divorce. 

As you get older, you change. Your relationships change, too. Divorce in your senior years may not be something you expected to happen, but if it does, then know that you are not alone. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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