If you are among the many Texas residents navigating their way through a divorce later in life, know that you are not alone. Couples over the age of 50 are now divorcing at increasingly high rates, and divorcing later in life often involves special considerations you may not face if you divorce at an earlier age.
The effects of divorce on children are often a leading worry for couples when babies to teens are involved. When you divorce at an older age, though, this may become less of a concern for you.
Most people associate divorce with those who are young, newly married or on a second marriage or higher. While it is true that these demographics have high divorce rates, it is also true that the rates are increasing for those who are older.
We have previously touched on the fact that "gray divorce" is on the rise across the nation, including here in Texas. This phenomenon of a marked increase in couples that are 50 or older ending their marriage has doubled since 1990. In 2010, it is estimated that a quarter of all divorces were gray divorces.
Earlier this week, we blogged on helping an adult child cope with the end of the long-term marriage of their parents in Texas. This unique need is arising out of the increase of what is known as "gray divorce."According to a study conducted by sociologists at Bowling Green State University, while divorce rates have been slowly declining since their height around 30 years ago, the rate of gray divorce, couples with partners ages 50 years or older parting ways, has more than doubled over the last 20 years.