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Divorce trends show couples marrying and divorcing later in life

Pew Research Center for Health Statistics has just released its latest report concerning current trends in marriage in the United States. In cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau, Pew examined various age groups and their tendencies to marry and divorce at different times of life. While divorce rates among younger couples in Michigan and elsewhere are still high, baby boomers are catching up quickly. In fact, the rate of divorce among couples between ages 50 and 70 nearly tripled in the past 25 years.

In those decades, baby boomers typically divorced at alarming rates. Many people over 50 are in their second or third divorces, and according to Pew research, those relationships seem to be even less stable. Almost 50 percent of the gray divorces in 2015 were second marriages or higher, which are twice as likely to end in divorce.

The median age when people are marrying for the first time is rising. Men are typically waiting until they are nearly 30, and most women are at least 27 before they tie the knot. Those who do marry for the first time usually have college degrees, which is associated with a higher chance of remaining married.

Few Michigan couples marry without expecting to be together forever. However, things do not always work out, and when someone is heading toward divorce, he or she has many things to consider. Whether it is a first, second or subsequent divorce, the help of an attorney can safeguard that person's assets and interests. This will be especially important for those nearing retirement who want to protect their lifestyle, and for those with children who may be facing custody issues.

Source: pewresearch.org, "Divorce rates up for Americans 50 and older, led by Baby Boomers", Renee Stepler, March 9, 2017

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