But for others, divorce at an older age increases the risk of falling into poverty.
On average, the researchers note, older divorced Americans have only 20 percent as much wealth as older married couples.
And it wasn’t just older people without a college education getting divorced – in younger generations, those with college educations are about half as likely to divorce as those with less education.
Since 1990, the divorce rate for Americans over the age of 50 has doubled, and more than doubled for those over the age of 65.
At a time when divorce rates for other age groups has stabilized or dropped, fully one out of every four people experiencing divorce in the United States is 50 or older, and nearly one in 10 is 65 or older, according to a new report by Susan L.
And, like most women at the time, a legal divorce would have left my great-grandmother, who had spent her life raising children and caring for a home, penniless.
Today, not only is Pope Francis meeting this month with bishops from around the world at the Vatican to reassess and potentially soften the Catholic church’s position on divorce and annulment, but new research being released on Wednesday shows that Irish Divorce has become a thing of the past.
"The divorce rate today -- 3.6 divorces per one thousand couples per year -- is at its lowest level since 1970...
For marriages that occurred in the 1950s through the 1970s, the figures clearly show that the probability of divorce before each anniversary rose for each successive marriage cohort.Brown and I-Fen Lin, sociologists at Bowling Green State University.But what researchers said they found particularly puzzling – it wasn’t just remarried older people who were getting divorced – remarriages typically don’t last as long as first marriages.Elena Stancanelli, a senior researcher at the Paris School of Economics, was equally shocked when she analyzed divorce data in France and discovered that French couples who’d been married for 35 or 40 years are now as likely to divorce as couples who’ve been married for five years. They finally are able to spend more time on leisure, and maybe that leads to conflict,” Stancanelli said.“There are a lot of questions about why this is happening that I can’t answer. “But whatever the reasons, I have come to the conclusion that the retirement years have become increasingly critical for marriage stability.” Researchers like Brown wonder if the rising divorce rate among this older Baby Boom generation will hold true for younger generations, Gen X and Millennials.Especially if they’re not able to afford the level of care that others with more economic resources have?