There has been a shift in marriage statistics regarding older Kentucky residents and others in the nation, according to a recent study by a research group that focuses on demographic trends. Adults over 50 years old are not necessarily following the traditional relationship norms they once did. The study, which addressed divorce and marriage trends, was based on data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The research shows that more older couples in this country are foregoing marriage and are living together instead. In the past 10 years, the number of people living with an unmarried partner has increased 75 percent. Also, the divorce rate among adults 50 and over has doubled since the 1990s, prompting the phrase “gray divorce” for those separating baby boomers.
Another statistic cited in the study is the marriage rate versus the number of people who live together but do not get married. The marriage rate in the country has dropped over the past three years. However, those living together but not married has increased for all age groups.
“Gray divorces” were specifically addressed in the report since they reflect a significant shift in trends. Analysts believe divorces in this demographic may be explained by changes in social norms, including the greater economic independence among women. On the other hand, they could actually contribute to the rise in cohabitation among older Americans.
No matter what age, getting a divorce is a major decision. Contacting an experienced divorce attorney is the first step in ensuring that the process goes as smoothly as possible. A Kentucky family law lawyer can thoroughly discuss the issues and develop a course of action that is designed to achieve the best outcome for the client.
Source: New York Post, “Baby Boomers are over marriage“, April 7, 2017