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Divorce rates for older individuals have increased

While the divorce rates among most age groups has decreased, the rates among couples who are over the age of 50 have risen. Researchers with Bowling Green State University found that the rates were double in 2014 than what they were in 1990.

There are several factors that may contribute to the increasing divorce rate for this generation of people. Older couples who remarried after a first divorce were reportedly two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce a second time. Some Texas marriages may not last if they are no longer satisfying after many years. At 50 years old, people may realize that they could have 30 years or more with the same spouse and may decide that the marriage that they have is not worth it or not enough.

Another factor could be finances. Depending on the situation, the cost of the divorce process could be preventing younger couples from splitting up. Older couples may be better off financially and may be able to afford the cost of splitting up property and other assets. Research from Brigham Young University also indicated that many individuals may have contemplated divorce but chose to work for their marriage. The research indicated that most of the marriages had problems but the spouses were hopeful that they could work through these problems.

When a person is going through a complex divorce, the division of marital property is often difficult and contentious. In some cases, a family law attorney can assist such a client in negotiating a property settlement agreement that can then be presented to the court for its approval.

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