Apr 23, 2013 | Divorce


Has the seven-year itch turned into the 25-year itch in the U.S.? Looking at the divorce rate, it appears so. While couples of all ages are getting divorced, more couples over the age of 50 are filing for divorce than ever before.

This has led to a significant increase in the baby boomer divorce rate. The divorce rate for couples over the age of 50 has more than doubled in the last 20 years, according to a study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research.

With the divorce rate notably higher for older couples in the U.S., many have started to wonder if the age old seven-year itch theory has changed. This is because many older couples have been married for over 20 years before they decide to get divorced.

Research shows that the increase in older couples getting divorced can be attributed to the changing attitude towards divorce. Studies have shown that many older couples decide to get divorced after life-changing events, such as retirement or their children getting married. These life-changing events can cause many couples to reevaluate their lives and realize that they are not as happy as they thought they were and that their marriage is no longer working.

While divorce is more acceptable now, many older couples who get divorced still struggle with their newly single life. Researchers said that some baby boomers have to get used to a new culture after getting divorced before they can feel comfortable and successful again.

Divorce is not easy for anyone and baby boomers thinking about divorce have several considerations to make. That is why it is important to consult a divorce attorney to discuss what steps to take to ensure a happy and successful life after divorce.


Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “More couples splitting up after 25-year itch,” Amy Saunders, April 23, 2013