Nevada residents may not know that divorce is on the rise for couples over the age of 50. While divorce is down in other age groups, one survey found that among married adults ages 25 to 50, more than half say that they have thought about divorce at some point.
Some researchers believe that older adults may be more likely to divorce because those marriages are more likely to be second ones, and divorce happens more in second marriages. Researchers also say that our longer lifespans may be a factor. People might look ahead at another 20 or 30 years with a partner and realize that while things are not necessarily bad, they want something different. Divorce may also be more affordable for older Americans since they may be in a better position financially.
However, one study found that even among those who contemplate divorce, most prefer working to keep their marriage intact. Another study found that two different groups tend to consider divorce. One group had more serious problems and were less hopeful about their marriage. The second group did not think about divorce as frequently as the first and was much more likely to want to work on the marriage.
Despite a desire to maintain a marriage, people may find themselves facing divorce. A number of complex issues may need to be addressed including support, child custody and property division. It may be possible to negotiate these issues out of court, or litigation may be necessary. A divorcing spouse may want to have the assistance of a family law attorney throughout the process.