The divorce rate for 50’s + has doubled in the past 20 years
Why baby boomers are breaking up late in life like no generation before.
Just when most might think divorce rates for boomers peaked between the late 60’s and the ‘me-me generation’ of the 80’s, here comes another wave of discontent.
Though this report is based on U.S. statistics, Canada’s boomers and Canada’s divorce laws share a majority of similarities.
Overall U.S. national divorce rates have declined since spiking in the 1980s, “boomer divorce” has risen to its highest level on record, according to Prof. Brown. In 1990, only one in 10 people who got divorced was 50 or older; by 2009, the number was roughly one in four.
What’s more, a 2004 national survey conducted by the American Association of Retired People (AARP) found that women are the ones initiating most of these breakups. Among divorces by people ages 40-69, women reported seeking the split 66% of the time.
And cheating doesn’t appear to be the driving force in gray divorce. The same AARP survey found that 27% of divorcés cited infidelity as one of their top three reasons for seeking a divorce—which is not out of line with estimates of infidelity as a factor in divorce in the general population.
So what is going on with these baby boomers? See this report by SUSAN GREGORY THOMAS, Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2012 – CLICK HERE