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The higher divorce rate for older adults

The divorce rate for older couples in Minnesota and around the country has essentially doubled since the 1990s. In fact, for adults in the United States who were 50 years of age or older in 2015, 10 out of every 1,000 married persons sought a divorce, according to the National Center for Health Statistics and the United States Census Bureau. The divorce rate tripled to six individuals per every 1,000 married persons in 2015 for adults aged 65 years and older.

While the divorce rate has increased over the last 25 years for adults 50 years or older, it has been somewhat steady since 2008 and is less than the divorce rate for adults who are younger than 50 years old and whose rate is almost two times as high. Also, the divorce rate for adults who are 40 to 49 years of age has increased slightly, although not to the degree of those 50 or older.

About a fifth of every 1,000 married persons who were 40 to 49 years of age in 2015 sought a divorce in 2015, a slight increase from 18 in 1990. In contrast, the divorce rate for adults who are 25 to 39 fell from 30 per 1,000 married persons in 1990 to 24 per every 1,000 married people in 2015. The tendency of the younger generations to postpone marriage until their later years is partly responsible for the drop in the divorce rate for adults aged 25 to 39.

A family law attorney may work to assist clients with obtaining favorable terms on divorce legal issues. Ideally, this can be handled through negotiations rather than litigation.

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