Couples of all ages get divorced every year in Massachusetts but couples over the age of 50 have the highest divorce rate in the country. Over the last few decades, more baby boomers are ending their marriages, which has led to an increase in divorced or separated women in the U.S.
A new report by Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Marriage and Family Research found that 15 percent of women are divorced or separated in the U.S. That is a significant increase from the past, where only one percent of women were divorced in 1920.
It is not surprising that the divorce rate is higher now than it was several decades ago. However, the increase in baby boomers getting divorced has led to some interesting findings. In addition to couples over the age of 50 getting divorced at higher rates than the rest of the population, the study found that divorced women are less likely to get remarried than in the past.
Why are more women getting divorced? Research shows that there are several reasons older couples and more women are getting divorced. One of the biggest reasons is that society has become more accepting of divorce, so women are feeling more comfortable about ending their marriages.
Another reason is that more women have professional careers and are able to financially support themselves. This makes it easier for women to file for divorce and live independently since they can support themselves.
There are many other reasons women are deciding to get divorced and not remarry. Older individuals who are thinking about divorce should consult a divorce attorney to understand the financial implications of divorce and what steps to take to start the divorce process.
Source: Huffington Post, “Divorced Women In America On The Rise, According To New Research,” July 22, 2013