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Massachusetts divorce increasing for older individuals

There are any reasons that people in Massachusetts seek to end their marriages in divorce. For those that are older, the reasons may include the loss of satisfaction with the union. This, one recent article says, is consistent with the history of members of the baby boomer generation who have seen increased divorce rates in recent decades.

In fact, the source says, those in that generation were among the first to seek a divorce when a marriage became less satisfying. In part, this may have been due to the financial independence of women who began entering the workforce in larger numbers. Because they did not need a man to pay for their expenses, women have been financially able to end marriages that do not meet their needs.

In fact, it may surprise some readers in Massachusetts to learn that the number of couples over the age of 50 who are seeking to divorce has increased substantially in recent decades. In 1990, only one in ten couples seeking to divorce was of that age. Now the number is closer to one in four.

Though the reasons for divorce are many, those over the age of fifty are less inclined to be fearful of the process than others, the source notes. This is often because those individuals have either been through the divorce process in the past or viewed it as others did. Though many may feel familiar with the divorce process, it may do well for them to review the laws and procedures applicable to their specific situation.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "A 'gray divorce' boom," Susan L. Brown, March 30, 2013

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