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The likelihood of divorce for older couples

Texas couples who are over 50 might be more likely to get a divorce if they are in second or later marriages or if they have $50,000 or less in assets according to a study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Some people may assume that events such as children leaving home or retirement could trigger divorce among older couples, but this does not appear to be the case. Furthermore, this age group is divorcing at a higher rate than they were in previous decades, but the divorce rate is still half the rate that it is for younger couples.

While around 12 percent of divorces in couples occur after the couple has been married for more than four decades, marriages that have lasted this long are the least likely to end in divorce. About 34 percent of older couples who divorce have been married for over 30 years.

Finances are usually a concern for couples who divorce, and people in this age group may be vulnerable to poverty compared to their counterparts who have partners. About 4 percent of older people who live with a partner, whether or not they are married, are under the poverty level. However, 11 percent of men and 27 percent of women who divorced later in life live in poverty.

On the other hand, some divorces between older people may mean more assets to divide. If a couple has been together for many years, they might own property, investments and even a business together. This could mean a complex divorce, and the couple might want to ask their respective attorneys to assist in negotiating a settlement agreement.

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