It may be known to some Illinoisans that the number of divorces taking place among those over the age of 50 has been steadily increasing over the past 20 years. A recent study on this topic has found some staggering results, including the fact that since 1990, divorce among this group of people, known as the Baby Boomers, has nearly doubled. More specifically, divorce among couples in this age group rose from 4.9 divorces per 1,000 couples in the year 1990 to nearly 10 per every 1,000 couples in 2010. These statistics, however, run counter to the general trend of the normal divorce rate in the United States, which has actually dropped 1% between 1990 and 2010.
It’s important to remember, though, that age is only one among many considerations taken into account when looking at divorce. Other factors such as employment status, race, the length of the marriage and education also play critical roles. For instance, those with higher educational levels were more likely to remain married than their less-educated counterparts. Those who were employed were also more likely to be divorced than those who were retired. Interestingly, though, individuals with higher incomes were no more or less likely to get divorced than those with lower incomes, according to the study.
What do these statistics means for those who are contemplating divorce? On a personal level, these statistics likely mean very little. While these numbers show general trends among certain groups of people, the numbers by no means set standards for who should and should not get divorced. The decision to get divorced does not hinge on a person’s education or income level. Rather, individuals who make the decision to get divorced often do so for personal rather than socioeconomic reasons.
For those who do decide that divorce is the best solution, oftentimes determining how to split property can be difficult. In these scenarios, if it often advisable to approach the situation with a calm mind, perhaps though the process of mediation, and come to a mutual agreement about what is best for the two individuals as they move forward.
Source: Huffington Post, “Are Baby Boomers Still Pushing Up the Divorce Rate?” Robert Hughes, Jr., Nov. 2, 2012
Divorce amongst Baby Boomers remains high