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Gray divorce: Why is it on the rise and what are the effects?

According to recent statistics, the number of marriages ending in Arizona and across the United States is on the decline. However, in one demographic, the divorce rate is climbing dramatically. Across the country,  the divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older has almost doubled over the last two decades. This phenomenon has become known as gray divorce, and it's happening for a number of reasons.

As couples age and kids move out, some couples are finding that have grown apart. Many gray divorcees say that the marriage lost the spark it had in the earlier years. They come to a mutual understanding that divorcing is the best course of action. Infidelity also plays a big role in gray divorce. Cheating doesn't have the stigma it once had, and the many dating websites these days often encourage infidelity.

Life expectancy is also much higher these days. Many senior adults are finding that they have more time to find out what makes them happy in their later years. As the stigma surrounding divorce wanes, older adults may find that they have different interests and begin drifting away from long-time partners to find someone more compatible.

Although children have left the home, they can still be affected by gray divorce. Children who are accustomed to a single family unit may have trouble dealing with a split family, and may feel like they have to choose sides. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. If individuals in Arizona feel that divorce is the best course of action, the most important thing to do may be to consult an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney.

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