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Getting Their Groove Back? More Baby Boomers Getting Divorced
Getting Their Groove Back? More Baby Boomers Getting Divorced

The percentage of older generation people walking to court to end their marriages is increasing, an American divorce poll has revealed.

Latest statistics show that that 61 percent have seen an increase in the number of gray divorces among people over 50 in the United States.

And it further reveals that nearly a quarter of divorces were initiated by wives wjile as only 14% were by men.

"Baby boomers have regularly been catalysts for social change, and getting divorced in their later years appears to be one of the most recent trends," said Alton Abramowitz, a New York lawyer and president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), which conducted the survey. "There is a clear indication that there is a surge in over-50s divorces," he added.

Alimony was the most contentious issue in 38% of divorces among boomers - people born between 1946 and 1964. Business interests came in second at 20%, followed by retirement accounts and pensions, according to the online poll of the 1 600 AAML members

Abramowitz, attributes the rise in boomer divorce to a number of reasons, he says People are living longer, they are reaching retirement, the children have left home, relationships have changed and it is now easier to get a divorce, even after decades of marriage.

"Some people find a younger partner. Some people find their interests have diverged. Each case is different," he explained.

Reuters

 

 

 




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