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Divorce among older New York couples is on the rise

Many in New York may not realize that the last two decades has seen a marked increase in couples over the age of 50 getting divorced. A good number of these couples from the baby boomer generation have been married more than 30 years and are now deciding to get a divorce. It's a trend that has been brought to light by the divorce announcements of celebrity couples such as Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman who have been married for 30 years.

There are some very practical suppositions about this sharp increase in what are termed "gray divorces." One of the main reasons may be that with the children grown and on to their own lives, the couple no longer has anything in common and has fallen out of love with each other. In a time when marriages are for happiness and not for convenience or child rearing, many older couples are parting ways.

Another reason may have to do with the independence of this generation of women. They are the first generation of women to be earning their own money in great numbers. Many of these women believe they can take care of themselves and no longer need to stay in a marriage that is no longer fulfilling. The days of staying married because they are financially dependent on their husband may be over.

Getting a divorce after 30 or 40 years of marriage when there are most likely no minor children at home can make the process easier. New York couples in this situation may be more capable of working together toward a settlement that works for both parties. Alternatives to a litigation, such as mediation or a collaborative divorce, may allow the couple to avoid unnecessary acrimony and achieve a fair and complete settlement.

Source:, ""Gray divorces" increasing sharply," Oct. 13, 2012