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Rate of divorce among baby boomers is on the rise

At one point in America's history, there was an unbearable social stigma in ending a marriage. While in some pockets of the country and in some communities, there are still those who will look down their noses at people who divorce, the fact of the matter is that divorce is increasingly more prevalent. As times have changed, it is not just younger people choosing to divorce, but older generations, as well.

The baby boomer generation has seen a particular uptick in divorce, with the rate doubling in the period between 1990 and 2010. Now, approximately one in four people of the baby boomer generation are divorcing.

According to some within the family law and relationships field, this is because many baby boomers finally have an empty house. With the children graduated, out of the house and legally adults, their parents can divorce in a much less disruptive way than if their children had been younger. For one, they won't have to fight over child custody anymore because the children will technically be adults and will be free to choose where they stay when visiting.

Moreover, many people choose to wait until a uninsured or partially insured spouse can secure health insurance. Trying to pay for health insurance out of pocket is expensive, but the cost of paying medical expenses without insurance is nearly impossible. Instead, waiting until both spouses have jobs in which they have health insurance before divorcing resolves many of those risks.

The final decision on when to file for divorce is up to each individual. By working with a divorce lawyer, someone stuck in an unhappy marriage can figure out when will be the best time for him or her to end a marriage.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “When’s the worst time to get a divorce?” Quentin Fottrell, May 22, 2014

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