In a growing trend, more and more baby boomers are divorcing after years of marriage. As CBS 2 New York reports, the spike in the number of so-called “gray divorces” is backed up by some very stark statistics. Since 1990, the divorce rate has doubled to 1 in 4 in couples where both partners are over 50. And after age 40, it’s often the wife who wants the the divorce.
Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group’s founding partner and attorney Bari Weinberger, one of the divorce experts interviewed by CBS 2 News, offers her take on why gray divorce is becoming more common: “People are no longer willing to compromise, to live an unhappy life for the sake of a marriage.” As she further explains, longevity is a key factor. “We are living longer. Spending five or six decades with the same person is becoming more difficult.”
Are you contemplating divorce at an older age? Watch Bari Weinberger in the CBS 2 News clip above and then read our follow up article, “Divorce After 50 — What’s Different About It?“