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Gray divorce rates climb in Texas

Although the number of younger couples divorcing is dropping, 'gray divorces," those involving individuals over the age of 50, are climbing steadily. In fact, it has doubled since the 1990s. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau, for every 1,000 married couples who were at least 50 years old, 10 divorced.

The divorce rate for those who are 65 or older has grown even more significantly; it has tripled since 1990. While the gray divorce rate has increased, it is still lower than that of couples under the age of 50. For those between the ages of 40 to 49, 21 out of every 1,000 married couples divorced.

The divorce rate in couples between the ages of 25 and 39 is even higher with 24 couples out of every 1,000 ending their marriages in 2015. However, that number has dropped from 1990 when it was 30 divorces for every 1,000 married couples. This decline is attributed to increasing numbers of individuals putting off marriage until they're older.

No matter how old people may be when ending their marriages, there are a number of divorce matters that will need to be decided. Older couples will normally not have to deal with issues related to children, such as custody, visitation and support, but couples of all ages will normally have to come to agreements on issues like spousal support and asset division. Divorces can either be litigated, which is when they are decided by a court, or mediated, where a couple works together to agree on how matters are decided. A lawyer could explain the difference between the types of divorces and their benefits.

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