Divorce rate increasing among baby boomers

Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi A Professional Law Corporation Divorce

California couples may be interested in learning that younger adults are getting divorced less often while the divorce rates for those who are 50 years or older are increasing. This trend is attributed to the baby boomers, a group that saw unprecedented rates of divorce when they were young adults.

According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau for 2015, 10 individuals who were 50 years or older were divorced out of every 1,000 married people. Although the numbers show a sharp rise over the last 25 years, the divorce rate among people in this age group has remained steady since 2008. For individuals who 65 years or older, the divorce rate rose to six people per 1,000 married individuals.

Even though the divorce rate among baby boomers has climbed, the divorce rate for those under the age of 50 remained higher. In 2015, for example, 21 adults between the ages of 40 and 49 were divorced out of every 1,000 married individuals. For those between the ages of 25 to 39, the divorce rate was 24 individuals for every 1,000 married persons. This was a decrease from 30 individuals out of every 1,000 in 1990.

For many couples, the end of a marriage can be difficult no matter how long the couple has been together. If the former couple did not have a prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement, a family law attorney may assist with the property division aspect of the divorce. For example, if the children will be primarily living with the person, the client may be able to ask for the family home and the family vehicle. If neither individual can afford the home after the divorce, the attorney may help the client come to a decision about whether to refinance or agree to sell the property.

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