As Usual, Boomers Set Frantic Pace … for Divorce
While the overall divorce rate seems to have flattened out or even declined in the new millennium, that’s not true for those of the baby boomer generation and older.
A study from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University finds that the divorce rate for those over 50 has more than doubled over the past three decades, and it’s expected to increase as boomers get older.
More than one in four people who divorce today are over 50, according to the center, and roughly half of those who divorce are for the second or third time. Traditional views and expectations of marriage and family have changed over the decades, mostly due to expanded education and employment opportunities for women reducing the role of economics in keeping the family together.
Center researchers also found that the avenues for finding a new mate have greatly increased because of Facebook and other social relationship platforms. For baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), empty nest syndrome can wreak havoc on the marriage, with one or both parties feeling they have fulfilled their obligations to the family when children are grown and now it’s time to get out there and find a better partner.
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