Today, more and more baby boomers are choosing to get divorced and more often than not that decision is centered on gaining a more fulfilled life. This article briefly talks about the growing trend, why more baby boomers are choosing divorce and why women more often make the decision to divorce.
Over the past two decades, the divorce rate among people ages 50 and older has doubled. In 1990 only one out of 10 people age 50 or older got divorced. Today, at least one in four people age 50 and older divorce. Couples, who once thought they would grow old together, realize they have little in common once the children have moved out of the house. And baby boomers who find themselves discontent try to seek further happiness during the second half of life.
One such couple featured in an article about gray divorce in The Wall Street Journal laid their differences over finances, religion and parenting to rest for 20 years. But after the kids were gone, they realized they were alone in their marriage. She became interested in religion and he refused to attend church. She went back to school to further her career and he was happy to spend time with friends. The wife said in The Wall Street Journal interview, “We had nothing to talk about, and when we did, it was bickering.”
According to an AARP survey, it is women more often than men who make the choice to divorce and find further happiness. Experts who have followed the change in divorce habits, say women of the baby boomer generation are continuing their trailblazing efforts in women’s rights by removing the stigma of divorcing late in life.
The choice to go forward with a gray divorce is also buoyed by the fact that more women age 50 and older are financially able to leave an unhappy marriage and take care of themselves. As put by one relationship counselor, “This is the first generation of women to say, ‘I don’t have to sacrifice the rest of my life in a marriage that doesn’t make me happy.”
As a result online dating-sites have seen a surge in users age 50 and older. Over the past year use of online dating sites by baby boomers has grown twice as fast as other age groups.