Older Couples

Silver Splitters: Understanding the Trend of Divorce Among Older Couples

Divorce used to be more common among young couples, but over the past few decades, there has been a rise in "silver splitters" or older couples getting divorced. In fact, according to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, the divorce rate among adults over 50 has doubled since the 1990s. This trend has significant implications for individuals, families, and society.

1. Changing Attitudes and Societal Norms

The Baby Boomer generation, which includes individuals born between 1946 and 1964, has a higher divorce rate than previous generations. One reason for this may be changing attitudes towards marriage and divorce. Older couples may feel more freedom to pursue their individual goals and interests, which can create tension in the union. Additionally, societal norms have shifted in recent years, making it more acceptable for couples to divorce at any age. They may have grown up socialized with the idea that marriage is for life, but the changing social norms have permitted them to make a new choices.

2. Financial Independence and Dependence

Another factor contributing to the rise in silver splitters is financial independence. Older couples are more likely to have accumulated assets and savings, which can make it easier to split up without as much worry about the financial implications. They may feel more accessible to pursue their interests and lifestyles rather than sticking to a budget that benefits the couple. Additionally, new job opportunities are created for divorced people who will be able to increase their financial independence even further.

3. Infidelity and Incompatible Lifestyles

While there are many reasons couples split up, infidelity is a common one in silver-splitter divorces. Infidelity comes in many forms. Besides sexual infidelity, there is financial infidelity and emotional infidelity due to interest or substance abuse. 

Other times, the couple simply find they have grown apart and have different goals or interests. Their developed lifestyles may be drastically different, or one partner may want to travel more while the other wants to stay home. These scenarios can cause significant strain that leads to a split.

4. Emotional Support

As people age, they may rely more heavily on their spouse for emotional support. However, if that support is not reciprocated or the couple has grown apart, it can lead to loneliness and dissatisfaction. The emotional support they once received from their partner may now be found elsewhere, such as with friends, family, groups, or a new partner. This can threaten the foundation of the marriage and ultimately lead to divorce.

Sometimes, when kids are grown and the emotional connection shared in raising children is lessened, it opens the door for couples to go on their own way.

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