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Divorce is prevalent among baby boomers

There are approximately 74 million people in the baby boomer generation, many of whom live in Texas. Besides having a common experience of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, baby boomers apparently have something else in common, too. Many of them are filing for divorce.  

A longer life expectancy may have something to do with it 

Baby boomers typically live longer than previous generations. Many marriage analysts and family therapists believe that this may be one of the reasons that divorce has become widespread among baby boomers. When spouses live longer, it means they will be married longer, as well, which many determine is not an acceptable option.  

Divorce has lost its stigma 

When people who are now age 55 or older were young married couples raising their families, society frowned upon anyone who even considered the idea of filing for divorce. Nowadays, it is a relatively common life decision, and especially for women, people are more accepting of the idea. As such, a spouse who kept sticking it out throughout his or her 20s or 30s might decide that filing for divorce in his or her 50s or 60s would be better than staying in an unhappy relationship.  

There is a term for divorce that is filed for later in life 

So many baby boomers in Texas and beyond are calling it quits on their marital relationships the term “gray divorce” was coined to refer to the process. Older people might encounter challenges during proceedings that are not as relevant to younger couples, such as issues concerning an estate plan or retirement benefits. An experienced family law attorney who is well-versed on gray divorce issues can help a concerned spouse protect his or her interests in court.  

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